Recruiting '07: Cougar target mulls decision

WASHINGTON STATE was the first to offer Tyson Pencer, a Delta, B.C. defensive end/tight end prospect who during his junior campaign, racked up a record 25 tackles in one game. The Cougars have some competition, with a Big 12 school recently bumping his offer total by one, plus another school in the Pac-10 could be getting closer on arguably, British Columbia's No. 1 prospect.

Out of the same region as former Cougar defensive end and No. 1 CFL draft choice Adam Braidwood, Pencer (6-6, 240, 4.62) performed well enough at Washington State's summer youth camp to land his first offer shortly after it ended.

Washington State sees Pencer, who spent some time talking to Braidwood earlier this summer, as having the ability and skills set to play either defensive end or tight end. The Canadian tackling machine saw most of his work at the WSU camp on defense.

He visited Oregon recently over their Preview Day weekend but came away without an offer.

"They want to see how I compete with American teams," said Pencer, with Sands Secondary scheduled to play at Seattle's Nathan Hale among their early games. "Oregon wants to watch me a little because I guess they haven't had good luck with Canadian players, they said," said Pencer.

Pencer remains open, with Washington State, Oregon and Colorado the schools that have stood out most over the course of the recruiting season, and he also says Oregon State is right there. The Buffs offered Pencer this past Wednesday, joining WSU who extended a scholie in June.

"I couldn't pick one or the other right now," said Pencer on naming a leader.

At one time it looked like a decision for Pencer was close but it now looks like one won't come until September or possibly later, with Pencer mentioning he may end up wanting to take a few official visits before making a verbal commitment.

SOME SCHOOLS HAVE talked to Pencer about bulking up and moving inside but he said he doesn't necessarily want to diminish those attributes -- namely speed -- that make him the player he is out on the gridiron.

"There has been a little of that, 'If you gain about 50 pounds we'll move you to d-tackle or o-tackle,' but I think with my speed, I don't think that would be where I'd best be used," says Pencer. "I don't think I would be moved but I guess if they wanted me to..."

Besides Washington State, he's visited a number of schools in the States this offseason, including Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and UNLV. Pencer has been able to spend the most time thus far in Pullman, Boulder and Eugene.

"I really liked the coaches at Washington State and Colorado," he says.

Given his two offers, it's safe to say the feeling is mutual.

  • Pencer racked up 25 tackles in the game against Windsor last season. "That's the game tape I sent out to everyone," he said. Video on Pencer is available on his player page.

  • Pencer took to football early, with 11 years of playing the game already under his belt. He first put on the pads when he was 5 years old.

    Tyson Pencer profile and video

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