JC d-tackle eyes Cougars and Cornhuskers

JOSEPH TOWNSEND, a one-time Washington State signee now widely considered one of the best defensive linemen in the junior college ranks, says the Cougars and Cornhuskers remain his top two suitors.

The 6-4, 285-pound Foothill Community College defensive tackle signed with WSU in 2005 but academic hurdles detoured him to junior college.

"My offers are from Washington State and Nebraska," Townsend said. "Other schools that are recruiting me include Purdue, Ole Miss, Florida and Miami.

"Washington State and Nebraska are my two favorites. And if anyone else offers, I'll look at them."

Townsend is very familiar with both programs.

"My brother Larry played at Nebraska, and I've known the program for a long time," he said. "I like Coach Blake and his resume' speaks for itself. Nebraska sells out every game and it's big-time football. I'm set to visit there on September 30."

"With Washington State, I've already seen the campus and what they have to offer. I like the defensive line coach (Mike Walker)b. It seems like they have a family atmosphere. They stuck with me out of high school, and loyalty is a big thing with me."

Townsend, who projects as a May graduate, does not plan to decide until after the season.

"I'll ask my brother for advice," he said. "I'll also look at the school's graduation rate, and I want to have a good relationship with the defensive line coach. I'd like to play at a big-time school."

Through three games this season, Townsend reports 15 tackles and three sacks.

He also reports a 405 bench and 465 squat. Foothill (3-0) plays at Diablo Valley on Friday.

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