Cougars eye familiar, Tacoma pipeline

THE TACOMA-PULLMAN pipeline of football talent has strongly flowed over the years towards Washington State, although Geno Munoz says there's even more talent than meets the eye. Munoz, a 6-0, 180-pound WR prospect out of Mount Tahoma High who had a breakout showing at the LA combine, has been hearing from another Tacoma product this offseason, the Cougs' Mike Levenseller.

Munoz (6-0, 180, 4.56) was scheduled to be in Pullman for the Cougs' summer youth camp at the end of June, but fate instead mandated he end up in Corvallis where after three days, OSU became his first college and Pac-10 offer.

"I called (WSU) and they invited me to go their camp, and they've sent me letters here and there. And I was going to go to Wazzu's camp but the transportation issue didn't work out, so I ended up going to Oregon State instead," said Munoz.

TACOMA BOASTS a long line of crimson football talent -- Marcus Trufant, Dorian Boose, Rod Giske, the late Spud Harris, Torey Hunter, Deron Pointer and Levenseller, to name a few.

But Munoz says there are many more who, through their own doing, never realized their big-time potential.

"There's a lot of talent in Tacoma but for some reason, not a lot of people make it out of Tacoma -- grades, not making the right choices or just messing up. And I don't want to be one of those people," said Munoz.

Levenseller, who had brilliant careers at Curtis High and Washington State on his way to a pair of three-year stints in the NFL and CFL before getting into coaching, is someone Munoz knew by reputation through his Tacoma circles. He has since started to get to know him personally this offseason.

"I had heard he's a pretty cool guy and in talking to him, he sounds like a pretty cool guy. I like him," said Munoz.

MUNOZ'S OSU CAMP saw him score highly on the field in all the usual categories, and also on the intangibles.

"They said the talent wasn't an issue, that I clearly have the talent," said Munoz. "They said they liked my attitude towards the game. They said I have good character and I'd fit in their program well."

The Beavs' Danny Langsdorf has been running the recruiting point on Munoz for Oregon State.

"I liked it, I think there's a big possibility I'll be going there," said Munoz. "It's really relaxed there, it's a fun place to play ball. I'm going to play it by ear. I'd like to start my season before I commit anywhere, but I'm also pretty unsure (on a timetable) right now. I have no idea."

MUNOZ FIRST made a splash in May at the combine in Los Angeles.

"With plenty of California prospects to mix it up against, it was the Washington native Munoz who stood out amongst the receivers," says West Recruiting Analyst Brandon Huffman. "Munoz caught everything thrown to him. He made the tough catch and battled with the DB's all day. He played physical and with a swagger."

In addition to OSU and WSU, UNLV is the other school Munoz has heard the most from.

"They send me text messages every once in a while, and then I have some other schools looking at me. UNLV said they'd be at my first few games next season," said Munoz.

MUNOZ SAID education will play a key role in his decision.

"And also, who passes the ball!" he laughed.

He has no future unofficial visits planned for this summer, although he'll be getting in plenty of football work.

"I'm going to be doing a lot of football. Our team is going to camp at Wenatchee High School, and then I'll just be doing my weightlifting and getting ready for the season," said Munoz.

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