Others tried to re-woo future Cougar

JESHUA ANDERSON had a brilliant track and field season, shattering a 22-year old USA record in the 300 meters. And though he signed a football Letter of Intent to Washington State in February, others continued to let him know they'd love to have him enroll at their institution. Whoa. Wait one. How could they do that since he signed with WSU? And is Anderson still Palouse-bound? Answers within.

A number of schools continued to come hard after Anderson, and after this past February's LOI Day. The WSU coaching staff, however, kept in very close contact. The Cougar Nation will no doubt be pleased to know Anderson will indeed arrive in Pullman in a little over a week.

"I'm going to Washington State...My word is everything. If I would have changed that, I would have felt very bad. I gave my word, I'm sticking to it. I know I can accomplish a lot out there, and they want me to do well in both (sports)," said Anderson. "We've been talking off and on during my track season, and they've been encouraging me to do my best there.

"And coach (Bill) Doba and coach (Mike) Walker, they also called me after I ran my race, congratulated me on how well I did and said they're ready for me to come down there and (make some noise)."

Anderson (6-2, 190, 4.45), out of Woodland Hills, Calif., signed with Washington State this past February. That didn't stop other schools from making overtures to commit to them, the instrument being a track scholarship.

In some cases, the interest and offers were sudden, and were made before his 300-m record setting performance in June -- they only intensified afterwards.

Because it was the track coaches making the pitch, it wasn't against the rules. There appears little doubt, however, the football coaches at another school, after the Taft High uber-athlete would have spent a year running track, would have held open arms out to Anderson to subsequently join the football team with 4-to-play-4.

AND WHEN ANDERSON grabbed a piece of history, blazing his way to the fastest time ever run by a prepster in the United States -- a 35.28 seconds in the 300-m -- others still joined the colleges in expressing their interest. Reebok came calling, looking to discuss the subject of Anderson eschewing college to turn pro in track and field. But an offer to do so, Anderson said, if it does end up in the cards, would be at least one year down the road.

"It's not for sure, I'm going to see what happens when I go to Olympics trials next year. I'm going to go to Washington State. I'm for the Cougars. I'm going to go accomplish my goals out there," said Anderson.

Anderson also said WSU and Doba were big reasons he turned down the post-Signing Day opportunites and offers.

ALTHOUGH RECEIVER is the Cougs' deepest position this year, and even though Anderson is still training for track and field events here in late July, it won't come as a surprise if in fall camp he ends up earning immediate playing time as a freshman at Wazzu. Jason Hill, who graduated this year and was selected in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft by the 49ers, was a special teams force of nature his true freshman year at WSU.

"They've said I have a very good chance to (play) my first year, so I don't think I'm going to be redshirting," said Anderson. "I think they want me to come in there and be a Jason Hill type, kind of tall and lanky -- a deep threat. I did play special teams at Taft, I was on the kickoff team and some punt blocking...I've still been doing a little football stuff, trying to get my hands and eye coordination where I want it."

ON THE GRIDIRON, Anderson his senior season set a single-game area and City Section record with six touchdown receptions, and a school record with 304 yards receiving in a non-conference victory. He racked up 1,013 yards on 40 catches with 10 TDs, adding another 129 yards and a score on 12 carries.

The Los Angeles Daily News Runner of the Year, Anderson completes his track season with an appearance in the National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships this week. Competing in the 400 hurdles and as a member of the 4x400 relay team, Anderson will join an expected 6,000 athletes, 8-18 years of age, at Mount San Antonio College July 24 - 29.

After that, it will be time to pack up the car and point four wheels towards the Palouse.

"I'll be driving up to Washington State on the 31st," said Anderson.

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