Athletic Tri-Cities linebacker heading to WSU

PAUL WULFF'S SUMMER youth camp at Eastern Washington attracted more than 1,500 football prospects a year. One of the players in Cheney who turned heads back in July went on an official visit to Washington State this past weekend. A linebacker with 4.53 speed, he was offered a Wazzu scholarship while in Pullman and on Monday evening, he went crimson.

Mike Ledgerwood (6-1, 215, 4.53) out of Kennewick's River View High, verbally committed to WSU linebackers coach Travis Niekamp on Monday evening, he tells CF.C.

"I committed tonight," said Ledgerwood, who also stars in basketball and in track. "I talked to coach Niekamp, the linebackers coach, and he said he was very excited...I had already committed to Portland State but then this came up."

As it turns out, his path to Wazzu had been long developing.

A COLLEGE COACHING staff loves to get prospects in their summer camps -- because it offers a close-up, hands on view and feedback you just can't get from highlight film.

Wulff, Niekamp and the Washington State staff had not one but two summer camp sessions to evaluate and coach up Ledgerwood.

"I went to their Eastern camp the last couple summers," said Ledgerwood. "I'm from a small 1-A school so no one really noticed me. But since they got to know me, they've seen me in their camp and they know how I play, they said I was on their top priority list.

"And when they went to Washington State, I was still on their top priority list."

HIS OFFICIAL VISIT this weekend to the Palouse, said Ledgerwood, exceeded all his expectations, and that he wouldn't be able to limit the number of coaches and players who stood out.

"All of the coaches stood out, they're all really great guys -- which is really neat how all of them are like that. The players, they're just a team..they were all great and the recruits I was there with this weekend, they're a really good bunch, too," said Ledgerwood.

THE BOOK ON Ledgerwood is that he's a quick linebacker, one who may find a home on the inside at the MIK linebacker spot over the course of his Wazzu career.

"They liked, a lot, my speed and my quickness. And they said..I get the tackle done, that I finish -- that's what they like to call it, 'finish,'" said Ledgerwood.

Ledgerwood estimated in nine outings his senior season he averaged 12-15 tackles per game, with five sacks and three fumble recoveries. He is a four-year starter in the River View basketball team and also stars in track and field, where he runs the sprints and throws the javelin.

He becomes the 20th known verbal commitment in the 2008 Washington State class.

"Ever since I was a freshman in high school I've been wanting to play Pac-10 college football, so this was my goal," said Ledgerwood.

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