Cougs on short list for in-state powerhouse

AMONG THE LEADING RUSHERS in the 4A KingCo league with 364 hashes in the early going, Redmond's Logwone Mitz says a pair of Northwest schools have risen to the top of his list. One of those colleges, plus a different suitor from the Pac-10, were on hand this past Friday to see the 6-0, 225-pound bruiser in action.

Mitz didn't disappoint, taking the pigskin 75 yards to paydirt as part of his 140 yard, two-touchdown outing in the 32-0 win over Ballard. Both Washington State (Kelly Skipper) and Washington (Mike Denbrock) were in attendance.

"Washington State and Oregon are my top two," said Mitz. "But even though I have two top teams, everything is still open and everybody else falls right into that second category."

That second grouping contains an ever growing number of schools, with Boise State, UNLV, Washington and Cal all calling Mitz since Sept. 1, the first day college coaches were allowed to initiate a phone call to prospective recruits. Boise State and UNLV in particular have stepped up their recruiting efforts this month.

MITZ IS TENTATIVELY scheduled to officially trip to Washington State on October 14, for the Cougs' homecoming game against Cal. Other official visits could be finalized soon. His lone offer is from Washington State, but that could change shortly as college coaches will be at Redmond High over the coming weeks.

"Some colleges called to let me know they're going to be stopping in -- some this week, maybe next week," said Mitz.

Oregon is the lone Pac-10 team with a bye this Saturday, with all schools seeing action the following week.

MITZ PLANS ON majoring in child psychology and possibly earning a teaching degree when his playing days are done, which is a part of why the Cougs are tied at the top of his list.

"It's not just because of the offer -- they were already tied with Oregon for the No. 1 spot when all the recruiting started," said Mitz. "That's where I wanted to go as far as colleges and majors and looking at all that."

Oregon and Washington hold an edge in familiarity, however, with Mitz saying he knows more players at UO and UW. He cited Oregon's facilities and coaching staff as two factors that help set the Ducks apart.

"I've always liked them growing up," said Mitz, clocked at 4.55 in the 40-yard dash. "They have the same colors as my high school -- that's not a big factor but I like the fact they're green and gold. The team's a fairly young team. If I went down there, might not get much playing time freshman year, and I could redshirt of course."

A YARDS AFTER CONTACT RUNNER with balance and the ability to shimmy and shake would-be tacklers, Mitz attended Washington State's summer youth camp this past June and came away high on Washington State and Skipper.

"I loved what I saw," Mitz told CF.C earlier. "The coaching staff brought everybody in, especially me, and just showed me the ropes of how they do things. And I liked how they did everything, the camp was really good. (Skipper's) an outgoing coach and I love how he's straight forward with you. And if you didn't do something right, you've gotta do it again. They practice 'till they got it done right and that's how they like it."

There are two highlight video packages available of the bruising running back on his profile page:
Logwone Mitz profile and video

NOTABLE:
  • Washington State, a showcase for junior college running back talent that includes such notables as Jerome Harrison and McKenzi (Jonathan) Smith, has tipped the scales back towards the prep backs under Bill Doba with five prep running backs the last two recruiting classes on the roster -- DeMaundray Woolridge, Dwight Tardy, Chris Ivory, Skylar Jessen and Marcus Richmond. True soph Woolridge and redshirt freshman Tardy are 1-2 on the depth chart, while Ivory took his second college carry on an 80-yard ride to the end zone against Idaho. Like Tardy before them, both Jessen and Richmond are expected to redshirt this season.


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