Westside LB to officially trip to the Palouse

FEW PEOPLE at the class 3A state title game this past November missed him, it's hard to remain anonymous when you rush for three touchdowns including the game winner. But his future at the next level, if he should play at Washington State, would be at linebacker. And an official visit to the Palouse is being scheduled for the 6-1, 225 pounder out of Issaquah.

Tyler Washburn (6-1, 225, 4.6) received most of his attention this past season at Issaquah's Skyline High for his work at running back but the Cougs are looking at him as a linebacker.

He does not hold a Cougar offer yet, though he could end up earning one.

"I can definitely tell that they're interested but I think maybe they're not completely sure...but they definitely seem interested -- they asked me for transcripts and all that after they saw my initial highlight film," said Washburn. "I think they're really just trying to get me out there to see the campus."

That visit is likely to happen one of the next three weekends.

"I'm trying to set one up as we speak. It will be sometime real soon, though...I've been over there a few times, I like the campus, I could definitely see myself living over there. And playing for them would be an added perk for sure," said Washburn.

WASHBURN's LATERAL QUICKNESS is one of the main reasons Washington State is showing interest, he said. Fresno State and San Jose State are among the other schools Washburn's heard from of late. Travis Niekamp is running the recruiting point for the Cougs.

"Washington State is my biggest interest," said Washburn. "Coach Niekamp specifically said he liked the quickness I used on the field and that (at linebacker) I had a lot of lateral quickness."

He can also hit a little bit. The picture accompanying this story represents the Lights Out Award (coaches award for biggest hit of a game) he received this season. He also made some key stops against Bellevue to help preserve Skyline's 6-0 victory over the then No. 1 ranked Wolverines.

No position assignments have yet been made official by head man Paul Wulff but it is expected Niekamp would coach the 'backers.

"I love that guy, he's great. I'm looking forward to maybe playing linebacker for the Cougars," said Washburn.

Washburn's responsibilities on defense this season were as the weakside 'backer primarily dedicated to stopping the run.

DEFENSIVELY, WASHBURN missed three games as he let an injury heal up, (he continued to play running back), but still managed to log appx. 60 tackles on the season. Offensively, he rushed for 1,285 yards and 18 TDs on 201 carries, earning first team all-league honors in the process.

Washburn is also a bit bigger than Scout.com had him listed (217) at this season.

"I'm weighing in at about 225-230 right now," he said.

Tyler Washburn profile and game video against Pierce

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