Massive Midwest lineman eyes the Cougs

THE RECRUITING LIFEBLOOD of Cougar football will always be California and the Northwest. But on occasion, Washington State looks eastward. One prospect who will travel to Pullman for the Cougs' summer youth camp in June will be doing so all the way from Iowa. Midway through his junior year, the hoss already checks in at 6-foot-7 and 305 pounds.

Offensive tackle prospect Nate Kennedy out of Abraham Lincoln High in Council Bluffs -- a stone's throw from the Iowa-Nebraska border, about five minutes outside of Lincoln -- is somewhat of an unknown quantity at this stage.

This past season, Kennedy was injured in Week Three, missing the remainder of the campaign with a foot injury that has since healed. Despite the lack of exposure, his massive size has garnered early recruiting attention from at least a pair of schools.

"Pretty much Iowa and Washington State are the two main ones I've heard from so far," said Kennedy.

Why the crimson connection? Kennedy has family who attended Washington State. And although he's never been to Pullman, Kennedy says based on their related experiences, he could see himself at Wazzu as easily as he could staying in the Midwest.

"Oh I wouldn't mind going to Washington State," said Kennedy.

Kennedy and his father are planning a trip to WSU for the Cougs' summer youth camp, to be held June 24-27.

Kennedy said WSU offensive line coach George Yarno has requested tape. His prep coach is in the process of putting together the film.

"The program, what the facilities are like and the academics offered are things that would be important to me, and then the coaches," said Kennedy. "Hands-on coaches who don't mind showing you what to do instead of just telling you."

Kennedy's track and field season is just getting underway but he's fitting in some football-centric work as well.

"I throw the shot and discus and before we do that, I either do plyometrics or lift," said Kennedy. "The shot and disc really isn't my forte. The track throwing coach is our offensive line coach -- we run a lot, mainly for the conditioning part of it.

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