ANOTHER VERBAL: Cougs land JC All-American TE

WASHINGTON STATE is putting together quite a junior class for the 2007 season -- the Cougars have received a verbal commitment from a second junior college All-American in as many weeks. And like the earlier one, this guy will be enrolling next month. The top receiving tight end in all of JC football -- and former Urban Meyer signee at Utah -- told CF.C he's headed to Pullman.

As is often the case, the Cougs land an impressive number of visiting prospects during the weekend but also in the days immediately following a sojourn out to the Palouse. This time was no different, with a 6-3, 250-pound grabmaster picking up the phone Thursday to inform the coaches he'll be taking classes at WSU in January. Devin Frischknecht, a mid-year transfer, has verbally committed to WSU.

"I'm headed to Washington State," said Frischknecht. "Good school, good people."

Frischknecht said he has cancelled an official visit that was scheduled to Troy State this weekend and will sign with WSU on Dec. 20, the first day mid-year transfers are eligible to sign Letters of Intent.

WHILE SPRING TERM junior college and high school graduates sign in February, and generally arrive at WSU in late July or early August, mid-year transfers like Frischknecht can enroll in January and have the added advantage of going through the Cougars' spring session and voluntary offseason workout regiment.

The top pass catching tight end and No. 8 receiver overall in the NJCAA, Frischknecht gave the good news to the Cougar coaches Thursday.

"I talked to coach Greg Peterson," said Frischknecht. "He was excited. I'm coming there to play, I'm going to work hard and do my best."

A FULL QUALIFIER out of high school headed to Utah before coach Urban Meyer left for Florida, Frischknecht caught everything near him this season at Snow College, with 54 receptions for 763 yards and nine TDs.

He was the leading receiver on a team that ended the 2006 season with the No. 2 ranking in the NJCAA and Frischknecht took home Offensive MVP honors in the Badgers' bowl game, snaring no fewer than three touchdown catches. It is somewhat surprising given his performance, then, that he didn't garner more recruiting offers thus far.

He held offers from Washington State and three others, and had drawn interest from schools like Cal and Iowa, but Wazzu was to this point his one 'big school' offer. One reason could lie in that Frischknecht might not be one of those guys with great 'measurables' -- the off field stats like bench reps, a fast 40 time run on a track without pads, the prototypical 6-foot-6 height. Put another way, Frischknecht is a player who might not, to put it in coach-speak, combine well. But he sure does gridiron well.

In other words, he appears to have a lot of similarities to the Cougars' Jed Collins.

Collins isn't a burner, and he isn't an overly tall tight end. But Collins came on with a vengeance in '06 at WSU, showing an electric set of hands plus big time playmaking ability over the course of his junior campaign and first full year at the TE spot. Frischknecht will be a junior this coming season for the Cougs, with three to play two at Washington State. He was recently named a JC Gridwire All-American.

WASHINGTON STATE LOOKS to be putting together quite a junior class for the upcoming 2007 season -- Frischknecht becomes the second junior college All-American to verbal to the Cougs who is also a mid-year transfer, joining two-time JC All-America honoree and DE Luis Vasquez out of Arizona Western.

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