Townsend: WSU continues to lead

DL JOSEPH TOWNSEND, a one-time Washington State signee, has yet to begin his freshman season in junior college but the newcomer has already received a high honor from the Foothill College coaching staff. On the recruiting front, Nebraska continues to come on strong, and the Cougars continue to lead.

"Nebraska is a little bit behind Washington State but they're coming in kind of fast," said Townsend. "Nebraska has a lot of positives. Washington State is first and they've been first from Day One."

Washington State originally signed Townsend as part of their 2005 class but he ultimately fell a few points shy of obtaining a qualifying test score. After enrolling at Foothill in January, he came onto the Nebraska radar due to the staff's connections at the Los Altos Hills area junior college.

The Cornhuskers offered Townsend back in April, keeping in close contact ever since.

"Seems like they text me every other day," said Townsend.

While brother Larry, a Cornhusker defensive lineman in the mid-1990s, is taken with the idea of his brother following in his footsteps with the Huskers, Joseph also said his brother's bottom line is for him to take his time and make the best decision for himself.

Townsend, who plans to arrive for D-IA duty with 4-to-play-3 for the 2007 season, said he feels a strong sense of loyalty towards the Cougs and defensive line coach Mike Walker. He is scheduled to take an official visit to Nebraska on September 30. Townsend has already taken two official visits to Washington State, in the 2004 and 2005 recruiting seasons.

ALTHOUGH AN INCOMING FRESHMAN, the Foothill staff named Townsend as one of the team's captains for the '06 campaign following a strong performance in the spring.

"I'm pretty hyped about that -- now I've got to live up to it," said Townsend.

Townsend has put in considerable work over the offseason running the the steep hills around Foothill, located about twenty minutes northwest of San Jose. His on-field goals this season include bettering the school single season (19) and single game (6) sack records.

During his prep days, Townsend captured all-league honors on both sides of the ball at Valley Christian High in San Jose.

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