Yarno makes impact on in-state hoss

WASHINGTON STATE HAS two young hosses on the roster from Gig Harbor -- center Kenny Alfred earned the starting center job his redshirt freshman season and Micah Hannam is poised to challenge for playing time this year. Meanwhile, Gig Harbor High has a trio of potential D-I offensive line prospects this recruiting class, and one of them was in Pullman this past weekend for the Cougs' Junior Day.

Matt Bernard (6-3, 295) gave the Cougs and assistant coach George Yarno high marks coming out of the weekend trip to Pullman.

"It was fun, a really good time," said Bernard. "We had a barbecue, and I got to talk to the offensive line coach. He's really funny, and he seemed like a really good guy."

Bernard said he liked the fact Pullman is a college town and how everything revolves around the school and how everything shuts down on Saturday afternoons in the fall.

"I liked how their school was surrounded by the town. I'm going to go their camp this summer. I know I'm definitely going to go to WSU's camp, and then a couple more in-state camps probably," said Bernard.

Bernard left Pullman without an offer and his recruitment really has yet to gather steam, with Bernard saying he's gotten a few letters here and there and a questionnaire from Washington. He hasn't yet had the opportunity to speak to any coaching staffs besides the Cougars' this past weekend.

Still, it is but April, and his prep coach makes no bones about his potential, saying he's poised to join the offensive line greats of years past at Gig Harbor.

THE BOOK on Bernard is that he's a smash-mouth football player, one who racked up the pancake blocks last season on the Tides' run dominated offense.

Bernard, competing this spring in the shot and discus on the track and field team, said he has a clean of 275 pounds, bench of 300 and a squat of 420. Named All-Area by the Tacoma News Tribune, he also took home first team All-Narrows League Bridge Division honors his junior season.

Also joining Bernard on the Gig Harbor offensive line this season will be '08 prospects Brendan Saltvick and Tyler Hopkins.

Matt Bernard profile

Part of a military family, Bernard has lived in a number of places, including Japan, where he spent four years.

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