Cougs look for next great Canadian

CANADIAN PREP STANDOUT TYSON PENCER, a defensive end/tight end who hails from the same community that sent this year's No. 1 CFL draft pick, Adam Braidwood, to Pullman a few years back, has WSU, CU and another Northwest school on his short list. The Cougs have long tapped the Canada pipeline, with names like Mayes, Grenda and Meier among those of standout crimson vintage from up north.

In addition to Washington State, first to offer, Pencer (6-6, 240) holds an full ride from Colorado, with the Cougs, Ducks and Buffs the frontrunners. Boise State is showing interest, asking Pencer for game film, with Pencer also still waiting to see if Oregon will climb on board with an offer.

The Ducks were supposed to be at Pencer's game in Seattle this week but called the day before and told him they wouldn't be able to make it.

Pencer noted Oregon told him at the Ducks' Preview Day they wanted to see him compete against players from the States before deciding whether or not to offer, as they had not enjoyed success with Canadian imports.

With a laugh, Pencer noted Oregon said "they didn't like Canadian guys and Washington State loves the Canadian guys, so you kind of look at it that way too. If Oregon offers, it's still going to be a tough decision on who to pick."

Any listing of Canadians who have notched their place in crimson lore has to include one of the greatest Cougs of all-time -- Rueben Mayes. Other standouts from north of the border -- Brian Forde, Hank Grenda, Rob Meier, Don Sweet, Ted Gerela, Glenn Harper, Braidwood, and the Pimiskern brothers.

WASHINGTON STATE, UO and CU have all placed phone calls to Pencer since Sept. 1, the first day coaches were allowed to initiate a phone call with prospective recruits.

Pencer, who has has been clocked at 4.62 in the 40, had hoped to make his decision before the season but is content to wait a little longer to see how everything plays out.

"Oregon said they just don't make decisions right away but..hopefully Oregon won't leave me hanging for a couple more months cause I'm hoping not to have to wait that long," he said. "Hopefully this month, but I think for sure by next month."

ON THE FIELD, Sands High fell to Nathan Hale, a Class 3A team, 29-21 this past Friday as Pencer and his teammates made a trip down to the lower 48.

"I didn't really play the whole game," said Pencer. "I'd play a series and then the backup would go in for a series, it being an exhibition game we kind of switched in and out."

Pencer, who's been playing the game of football since he was five years old, spent a good portion of his summer traveling to a number of schools, including WSU, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and UNLV. He performed well enough at Washington State's summer youth camp to land his first offer shortly after camp ended.

Last season, Pencer racked up 25 tackles in the game against Windsor.

"That's the game tape I sent out to everyone," he said. Video on Pencer is available on his player page.

Tyson Pencer profile and video

For more on the Washington State-Canada connection, see:
Oh Canada! Cougs have long tapped talent up north

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