RECRUITING '07: Cougs offer pair of Dons

NEWS THAT Will Derting was hanging up his cleats due to a knee injury began trickling out a few weeks back. Another hard nosed LB that WSU has targeted for the 2007 class, one who shares some of the same traits that defined the Cougar great, is prep record-setter Robert Mullins. Teammate, CB/WR Dwayne Frampton, also holds a Cougar offer and has been playing the game since he was five years old.

Six-foot-two and 205 pounds, Mullins tore his hip cartilage in the opening moments during a game in November. He played the entire game -- logging seven tackles -- and then the rest of the season.

Along the way, he broke broke the school record for tackles at Dorsey with 165 sticks. No small feat, considering the players who have come out of the LA-area school.

Mullins is currently hard at work rehabbing and lifting to keep his upper body strong, telling CF.C he expects to be 100 percent in three months time. Besides Washington State, Mullins holds offers from Ole Miss, Oregon, Arizona with Cal recently climbing on board with his latest offer and Michigan lurking.

Prep coach Paul Knox said Mullins is an "an outstanding young man and an outstanding student."

"I think that is true!" laughed Mullins. "I just recently took the SAT and I also took it in the 10th grade. I haven't gotten the score back this time but in the 10th grade, I scored a 1290 (1600 scale). I didn't really study for the 10th grade one but I studied for this one."

THE CAT-QUICK Frampton is a 'Slash' type of player for the Dons, with a 100-meter time in the 10.8 range. The 5-10, 162-pounder could play corner, receiver, running back and/or return kicks at the next level depending on the school. Frampton said the Cougs like him at cornerback.

In addition to Washington State, Frampton said he holds offers from Oregon State, Illinois, UNLV and Fresno State. Washington is also actively recruiting Frampton as a corner.

Frampton, the nephew of Bruin tailback Sharmon Shah, does not have an offer from UCLA but said because of family ties the Bruins are his No. 1 school. But then he proceeded to mention that the thought of going out of California is also a very appealing one.

"I did kind of want to get out of state but who long as I'm playing in the NCAA I'd be grateful," said Frampton. "I want to be known. I don't want to be considered a cocky football player, I'm just blessed. I play football very seriously -- I've been playing this sport since I was five years old."

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Long time watchers of the recruiting scene know Dorsey has a history of producing prep linebackers who have gone on to play in D-I secondaries. Dorsey 'backer Ryan Johnson (5.10, 175) looks to project at strong safety at the next level and along with Mullins, was a mainstay in the middle of the defense as a junior.

"He's a very instinctual player, makes a lot of plays," says Knox.

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