Cougs offer in-state RB: Redmond's Mitz

REDMOND'S LOGWONE MITZ had an "awesome" time last week at WSU's youth summer camp, and in the process earned his first major college offer not long after. Viewing his junior tape, "yards after contact" is this running back's calling card. He runs over people, so much so a new term — Mitz after contact — could one day enter the lexicon. Plus, he has a surprising speed and wiggle to his game.

Mitz (6-0, 225, 4.55) was so busy competing and taking in the instruction at last week's 29th annual Cougar camp for high school athletes that he said he didn't get to take an in-depth look at the campus or town. He also didn't have much chance to mingle with all the Cougar players in Pullman for voluntary workouts. All of that, however, will come later this recruiting year.

What he was able to take in during the camp, however, left a significant impression.

"I loved what I saw," said Mitz, who just received an offer from the Cougars. "The coaching staff brought everybody in, especially me, and just showed me the ropes of how they do things. And I liked how they did everything, the camp was really good."

Mitz said he connected with the WSU staff -- and with running backs coach Kelly Skipper in particular -- and that he liked the way they do things in Pullman.

"He's an outgoing coach and I love how he's straight forward with you," said Mitz. "And if you didn't do something right, you've gotta do it again. They practice 'till they got it done right and that's how they like it."

THE TRIP TO the Washington State campus was a first for Mitz.

"I didn't get a chance to really get around the whole campus but I know what most of it is like," said Mitz, who recently improved his 40 time to a 4.55. "I still want to see it all for myself and check out everything, though, look into every little thing."

Other schools recruiting Mitz include Oregon State, Washington, Oregon, UNLV, Boise State and Idaho. He attended the Oregon and Oregon State half-day camps, the NIKE camp in Eugene and Washington's camp this past Saturday.

"Oregon State's camp was great, I met a lot of new coaches and I like them a lot," said Mitz. "The Oregon camp, I really enjoyed their coaching staff. Oregon, Oregon State and Wazzu's coaching staff are all great and I can definitely see being with any of those three teams and getting along great with any of those staffs."

MITZ SAID IT'S too early to pick a frontrunner, with Washington and Idaho also holding his interest and that Boise State is a "definite" contender, too.

"I just have to get out and talk to a few more coaching staffs and meet some of the players," said Mitz. "I haven't met many of the players on the teams besides Oregon and Oregon State's."

A school that offers a good Child Psychology and/or Teaching curriculum will be a key factor in his decision.

"I want to work with kids, that's what I want to do," said Mitz.

MITZ' POWER PLAY is reminiscient of former Cougar RB Allen Thompson in the way he attacks defenders, although the comparison ends when looking at the pair physically. Thompson was a promising Cougar RB whose career was sidetracked by injury while Mitz is a good 20 pounds heavier and two inches taller as a high school senior-to-be than was AT his senior year in college.

There are two highlight video packages available of the bruising running back: Logwone Mitz profile and video

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