Tumwater twins getting more crimson attention

THE SUMMER YOUTH CAMP at Washington State has produced such finds as Mkristo Bruce, Charles Harris and Scott Davis. This year's camp participants included Matt and Zach Johnson, twin prospects from Tumwater who arrived as safeties but left with co-MVP titles at linebacker. The Cougs have been by to observe one of their games, and the pair were out on the Palouse for the WSU-USC tilt.

Projecting how a high school recruit will turn out 4-5 years down the road is certainly more art than science. Bruce, Davis, Harris -- none were highly sought recruits with lots of offers coming out of high school. In fact, the only Pac-10 school to offer Bruce and Harris was Washington State. Sometimes, though, it only takes one.

Harris, Davis, Bruce, have each established themselves as among the league's best at their position. The right side of the WSU line, where Harris mans the tackle spot, is where the Cougs have found the most success running the last two years, including Jerome Harrison's 1,900 yard season of 2005. Davis has been a one man wrecking crew this season, a point driven home by his Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week performance at Oregon State. All Bruce is doing this season is leading the entire nation in sacks.

TWINS AND WSU CAMP participants Zach (6-1, 205, 4.6) and Matt (6-1, 203, 4.7) Johnson do not yet hold an offer, though interest is increasing, Zach told CF.C., with the most recruiting love coming from Washington State and Oregon State.

Zach said coaches Bill Doba, Mike Levenseller and Leon Burtnett have all placed calls since Sept. 1, when schools are first allowed to phone prospective recruits.

"Coach Burtnett also came to our school one Friday and watched us play," said Zach.

The contact has also included hand written letters from Doba, Levenseller, Burtnett, and defensive coordinator Robb Akey. The pair took an unofficial visit to WSU the last day of September and took in the Washington State-Southern Cal game.

"We talked to coach (Greg) Peterson and coach Levenseller there," said Zach. "It was awesome, the atmosphere and everything was crazy!"

EARLIER THIS SUMMER, the twins visited Oregon State and spent time talking with recruiting coach Bruce Read and head man Mike Riley.

"In August, we were invited to go watch OSU's first pad practice and we talked to coach Read a lot there, and coach Riley talked to us for awhile, even saying that he is going to do everything he can to get us there...coach Read also called us and then showed up at our school the same day as coach Burtnett," said Zach.

Weber State is scheduled to come by practice today. Other schools of interest include Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Montana State, UCLA and "a bunch" of Ivy League schools.

HEADED INTO WEEK SIX against Elma, Matt had 37 tackles despite playing in only 3 1/2 games, due to a since healed ankle injury. Zach has logged 20 tackles on the year.

On offense through five games, Zach already had 662 yards on 65 carriers and 11 TDs, while Matt had 200 hashes on 32 touches and two TDs.

Complete stats were unavailable for Elma but Zach had scoring runs of 66, 56 and 4 yards, while Matt added a 13-yard touchdown run of his own in Tumwater's 49-0 win.

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