All-state receiver coming to WSU

WASHINGTON STATE HAS added another standout receiver to its already impressive incoming new class of wideouts. Longview's Luke Fowler, a two-time all-state selection whose style as been compared to Oregon State All-American Mike Hass, phoned Mike Levenseller on Monday to let him know he would be walking on this fall. The two-sport star from R.A. Long High is the second All-State player from Washington in recent weeks to accept the Cougars' invitation to walk on.

The other is Jason Butler (6-2, 205) of Bellevue's Eastside Catholic, an All-State receiver who projects as a safety at WSU.

Fowler, who stands 6-2 and weighs 185, had been waiting the past few months to see if a basketball scholarship emerged, after averaging 15.6 points and 4.5 boards per game his senior season. When no scholies appeared forthcoming, it was actually a bit of a relief, he said, because football is his first love.

"I'm real excited about it, I called coach Levenseller," said Fowler. "I just thought I'd have a better chance at walking on and playing at that high level of football, Coug football, and I think I fit in really well."

THE COUGARS ARE now fully loaded with quality receivers in the new recruiting class. Besides Fowler, the Cougars have five scholarship wideouts in the class: Greg Walker and Finas Rabb, already on campus and practicing, with JC transfer Charles Dillon and prepsters Keith Rosenberg and Anthony Houston arriving this summer.

Fowler won't count against the scholarship numbers when he arrives in Pullman sometime in July, but the Cougars '06 class has in effect grown by one. Such is the pass-catching ability of Fowler.

"He catches the ball better than anyone I've ever seen, honestly," says R.A. Long coach Steve Rooklidge. "But he's a tweener. He isn't that 6-5 guy...and he isn't that 4.3 guy. And those kids are out there."

Rooklidge has coached players who have gone on to play D-1 ball. He puts Fowler at the top of that list, but notes his size (6-2, 185) and speed (4.68) worked against him as far as scholarship offers were concerned.

NEITHER HASS NOR Scott Lunde, the 6-2, 213 pound Cougar receiver so key to Washington State's 10-win season in 2003, started their college career with a scholarship. Lunde walked-on, earned a WSU scholarship after the Ohio State game in 2002, and become the team's second leading receiver the following year.

Fowler caught 73 passes in 2005, racking up 1,310 yards and a school-record 11 TDs, breaking the TD mark set by his father Kyle in 1980. The younger Fowler was named all-state by the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune and Associated Press. The AP also selected him all-state as a junior.

"This is a guy that's going to be at every weight workout, you don't have to watch over him, he's going to know every single play in the playbook," says Rooklidge. "He's a 4.0 student. This is a kid who's character is impeccable. He's just going to be a great kid to have in a program. And that's another reason why I think he'll make it."

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