Future Coug says WSU remains the right fit

IT CAN BE a shock to the system for high school recruits when a college coaching change is made. A few weeks earlier, they verbally committed and now the head man they planned on playing for over their college career will not be there. Spokane all-state receiver and future Cougar Jared Karstetter says he feels badly Bill Doba won't be that man for him. At the same time, he says, he's a Cougar.

Karstetter (6-4, 195, 4.53) out of Ferris High was the first known verbal commitment to the '08 recruiting class. Karstetter said he was very sorry to hear the news of Bill Doba's departure on Monday. He also said that when he decided on Washington State, he committed to the school and not just the coaching staff.

"Like I said, I like the University," said Karstetter. "The coaches and everything, they were great, and that was a real, real plus side to it. But I also like the school, I think it's a pretty good fit for me so yeah, I'm still pretty committed to there."

Karstetter had nothing but the highest praise for Doba and the rest of the Wazzu staff, including quarterbacks and area recruiting coach Timm Rosenbach.

"Doba and the whole coaching staff down there have been great to me -- and my family. I just feel bad they're not going to be back next year. That's how I feel about it," said Karstetter.

Rosenbach called Karstetter on Monday night to touch base, and to tell him where things stood at the moment.

"I heard that it had happened on Monday and then coach Rosenbach, he called me Monday night and confirmed it for me...he said he'd update me when he finds out more about everything else," said Karstetter.

The 'everything else' would presumably include the short and long term future and duties of the assistants. Rosenbach and the assistant coaches -- Steve Broussard (RB), Leon Burtnett (S), Mike Levenseller (OC, WR), Marty Long (DE), Greg Peterson (RC, TE), Mike Walker (DT), Dave Walkosky (ST, CB) and George Yarno (OL) remain under contract at Washington State and a WSU spokesperson said on Wednesday afternoon the assistants are continuing their duties.

When, or whether, some or all of WSU assistant coaches will go back on the road recruiting has yet to be determined, said the spokesperson. NCAA recruiting rules allow for a maximum of seven assistants on the road at any one time.

The date for the in-home visit with Karstetter had been scheduled for next week. It may be pushed out or it may still go through as planned, said Karstetter, some things are simply yet to be determined.

"We'll just kind of wait and see how it goes from here," said Karstetter.

A first team all-state wide receiver as a junior, Karstetter saw his high school gridiron career come to a close last weekend as Ferris (12-1) dropped a 14-7 heartbreaker in the semis to Bothell. Karstetter was the leading receiver in the game, with 9 receptions for 83 yards and scored Ferris' lone touchdown.

Overall this season, and after missing some early time with an ankle injury this season, Karstetter hit the ground running, racking up 61 catches for 758 yards and 12 TDs according to an area newspaper's final season stat sheet.

In '06, Karstetter racked up 71 receptions for 1,002 yards with 12 TDs in 10 games as a junior. He took home all-league and AP all-state honors, along with the WIAA/Seattle Times State Athlete of the Week Award for a 174-yard, two touchdown performance against Shadle Park.

He could also become the first incoming Cougar to earn first team all-state honors in football and basketball since Mark Rypien and Ryne Sandberg. As a junior, Karstetter was honorable mention all-state in hoops, and his league's MVP while playing on the same Ferris team as also highly regarded DeAngelo Casto and Shawn Stockton.

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