RECRUITING '07: Colorado WR high on Cougs

WASHINGTON STATE HAS a deep shelf of talent to fill the three starting wideout position in 2006 but the Cougs' top two pass catchers from last year, Jason Hill and Michael Bumpus, will be entering their senior and junior years at WSU. The Cougs were first to offer explosive Daniel Blackledge (6-1, 175) out of Colorado Springs, a shifty threat on both deep and short routes.

Washington State leads for the Palmer High standout. Cougar recruiting coordinator Greg Peterson has been staying in touch over the summer.

"In the past week I've been texting them, pretty much every week actually," said Blackledge. "He's a cool guy."

Blackledge has been busy this summer -- but not as much with the various camps and combines as some other prospects. Instead, he's been competing in the USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Blackledge put up marks of 6.69 meters in the long jump (20.7') and 45' in the triple earlier this month. Both were well off his personal bests of 22.7' and 46' but were good enough to place in the elite meet's top eight.

Last year, Blackledge placed in three events at the state meet: long jump (fourth), triple jump (fifth) and the 110 hurdles (sixth).

WITH A summer travel schedule that took him to places Texas and North Carolina, Blackledge hasn't set up any visit dates but count on Washington State getting one.

"I'm going to go out and visit sometime -- I haven't set anything up so far but we've been talking about it," said Blackledge.

In addition to the Cougs, he holds an offer from Colorado State and will take an unofficial visit there later this month. He camped at Colorado earlier this summer, with the Buff staff telling him they will be keeping in touch.

An outstanding student, Blackledge hauled in 51 receptions for 876 yards and eight TDs as a junior. As a situational running back, he added another 685 yards.

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