Similarities grow for Kiilsgaard, Block

THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN prep football prospects Kellen Kiilsgaard of Auburn and Eric Block of Bellevue are striking. Both are savvy quarterbacks who also star in the secondary. Both have been starters since they were sophomores. Both are multi-sport standouts. Both excel in the classroom. And both have parental roots to Palouse country. As of three days ago, the two seniors-to-be have another thing in common: scholarship offers to play football for Washington State.

The 6-2, 210-pound Kiilsgaard received an offer from WSU on Friday, he told's Scott Eklund. The Cougars are recruiting him to play slot receiver.

He becomes the fourth known in-state player to receive an early offer from the Cougars. Eric Block (6-0, 190), whom the Cougars envision as a college safety, was offered about six weeks ago.

WSU also has offered Kennewick (Southridge) quarterback Jason Munns and Kirkland (Lake Washington) tight end Chris Izbicki. A fifth in-state prospect, quarterback Jake Gelakoska out of Mill Creek's Jackson High, could make the group a quintet at some point. And with the NCAA's "May Evaluation Period" now underway, the numbers could grow in the next few weeks as WSU coaches hit the road to watch high school prospects workout and to assess academic qualifications.

Kiilsgaard, like Block, pretty much fits the bill in all respects. He holds a near-4.0 GPA, squats nearly 400 pounds, stars as a dual-threat quarterback and hard-hitting defensive back, and is so dominating on the pitcher's mound that some local observers think the crafty lefthander may be headed to a career in professional baseball.

In addition to WSU, Kiilsgaard holds an offer from Oregon. Those two schools are his leaders, he told Eklund.

His dad, Kjel, was an All-State lineman at Spokane's Ferris High who went on to star at Idaho in the early 70s. Block's dad, Scott, was a walk-on receiver at Washington State in the late 70s/early 80s.

Kiilsgaard was named South Puget Sound League-North offensive player of the year and defensive back of the year by the Seattle Times this past season. The Times also picked him – along with Block – as an All-Area defensive back. At quarterback, Kiilsgaard produced 1,487 yards of offense in 2005, rushing for 837 yards and passing for 650. He collected 14 TDs on the ground and passed for another three. At safety, where he as twice been named first-team all-league, he posted 60 total tackles and intercepted four passes.

Kellen Kiilsgaard profile

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: This Wednesday (April 26) at 7 pm the CF.C Chat Room will feature Jeff McQuarrie, producer and director of an upcoming new feature film on the colorful history of Cougar football. Jeff has been working on the film for several years and along the way has talked to a Who's Who from the Cougar Nation including Keith Jackson, Drew Bledsoe, Marcus Trufant, Mike Utley and Steve Gleason. It promises to be a fascinating discussion.

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