Cougs lead for Colorado receiver

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR ROBB AKEY and the Cougs made a decided effort about this time last year to increase the recruiting efforts in Colorado. And with new RC Greg Peterson's ties in the Centennial state, that only helps the crimson cause this season. The early returns for 2007 hold promise, as Colorado Springs receiver Daniel Blackledge (6-1, 175, 4.55) has Washington State his frontrunner.

Blackledge favors WSU slightly over Colorado State, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho State and others.

"I'd have to say Washington State leads right now," said Blackledge.

Blackledge hasn't yet been to Pullman to see the campus first hand but said he's gone online and checked out the Cougs, with the state of the art weight room at Washington State catching his eye.

"I'm real interested in them right now," said Blackledge. "It seems like they have a pretty good program and I like their weight room and everything. I want to go check them out.

"But I'm not really deciding on which college I'm going to go to right now. I want to keep my options open."

ANYONE WHO'S SEEN Akey live on game day knows about the high-flying ways of the defensive coordinator for WSU. Blackledge and Akey have talked long distance a few times and it's apparent the Akey's upbeat attitude also comes through over the telephone lines just fine.

"He sounds like a pretty enthusiastic type of guy," laughed Blackledge. "My coach knows him pretty well and I've heard he's a very good coach."

Blackledge, an exemplary student, said a good Pre-Med Program and some really good teachers on a coaching staff who can help him reach his full potential will weigh into his decision.

Besides Washington State, he holds an offer from Colorado State with Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho State and others having come by . Blackledge, born in Georgia, said childhood favorite UCLA and the Bulldogs are two other schools of interest.

As a junior, Blackledge grabbed 51 receptions for 876 yards and eight TDs. As a situational running back, he also racked up 685 yards and 10 TDs.

"He's really explosive, quick, he cuts well," says Palmer coach Rod Baker. "He's a little shifty -- he's a threat deep but also on short balls... He's a very determined competitor."

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