Cougs first to offer local three-sport star

WASHINGTON STATE was already deep into the 2008 recruiting process when Signing Day 2007 rolled around two weeks ago. WSU's '08 database of prospects is already at 700, and a select few already have received offers. One of the select is a three-sport, in-state athlete who could play receiver, safety or corner in college. The Cougs are the first to make him an offer.

The Cougars are believed to have made between five and 10 early 2008 offers so far, with one going to Jermaine Kearse (6-1, 190, 4.55) out of Tacoma's Lakes High.

Kearse took home first-team all-league honors in 2006 as a defensive back and kick returner but Washington State appears to like him more on the offensive side of the ball.

"I think they offered me at wide receiver," said Kearse. "It doesn't matter to me where I play, I just want to play."

His prep coach says he has the skills to play receiver, safety or corner in college.

Cougar offensive coordinator and receivers coach Mike Levenseller is running the point on Kearse's recruitment.

"I know it's a good environment over there, they have a solid program," said Kearse, who offers up no favorites at this early stage in the process. "There's Washington, and I like the Oregon schools -- I like the area down there."

Kearse is also a basketball standout, averaging 13.5 points per game as a shooting guard. The Lancers are 15-2 on the season and ranked No. 10 by the Seattle Times in their 3A state rankings.

After the hoops season winds up, Kearse is expected to go right on into track. He placed in state competition as a sophomore in the triple-jump this past year. Because of the busy schedule involved with basketball and track and field, Kearse said it's a little too early to tell which football camps or junior days may be in his future this spring and summer.

Kearse also spend a fair amount of time with his nose in the books, with a 3.2 cumulative GPA. He just took the ACT in the past couple of weeks.

"The education and the football program will be important in deciding where I go," he said.

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