COUGAR RECRUITING CLASS NUMBERS 24

FINAL 4:05 PM -- California defensive tackle Anthony Laurenzi was first to fax in his signed Letter of Intent to Washington State this morning, and it was fast and furious from that point on. The 2008 Cougar class on Signing Day numbers 24 when including a holdover who signed an LOI today.

The 2008 Cougar recruiting class winds up at 24 when including holdover Tyson Pencer who signed a Letter of Intent today.

WSU CLASS OF 2008
February 6, 2008

SIGNED LETTERS OF INTENT

ANTHONY LAURENZI (6-3 ½, 260)
Eldorado High, Placentia
Finished senior year with 91 tackles and 23 sacks, earning Orange County Register's 2007 Defensive Player of the Year. Was league's lineman of the year. Set the school sack record as a junior, with 15. Helped El Dorado to two straight CIF-SS division titles. A two-time All-CIF, All-League honoree.

MIKE LEDGERWOOD (6-1, 215, 4.53)
Linebacker, River View High, Kennewick
In 2007, racked up 121 tackles in nine games, with five sacks and three forced fumbles. Named league's co-defensive player of the year. Also played fullback and tight end. A four-year starter in football and basketball. Also a standout in track and field, running the sprints and throwing the javelin. Teammates call him "The Sledge." He benches 325 and spends spare time with mixed martial arts. Chose WSU over Portland State.

ANDREI LINTZ (6-4, 227, 4.67)
Tight end, Meridian High, Bellingham
An all-purpose force for Class 1A powerhouse Meridian. Earned AP All-State honors at defensive end and punter, and all-league plaudits at tight end. Over last two seasons he caught 84 passes for 1,356 yards. He also rushed for 442 yards in 2007 and returned kicks. A native of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Moved to U.S. and at age 6. Chose WSU over Eastern Washington.

KEVIN NORRELL (5-9 ½, 183, 4.5)
Receiver, Long Beach Poly His height, or lack of, scared off most recruiters, but he has great hands and runs crisp routes. Very good after-the-catch skills, with moves and a second gear. One of the top players at the Nike 7-on-7 Camp. Scout.com West Coast analyst Brandon Huffman thinks he may be the hidden gem in the Pac-10. Had no other offers.

SKYLAR STORMO (6-4, 220, 4.8)
TE/DE, Kamiak High, Mukilteo
Team captain and Kamiak's leading receiver for second straight year, with 25 receptions for 433 yards and five TDs. Earned all-league and all-area second team honors on offense. Also earned first team all-league, all-area honors on defense as a DE. Was Wulff's verbal commitment. Chose WSU over interest from Boise State and Washington.

KEVIN FRANK (5-10 ½, 167, 4.5)
Cornerback, Elk Grove High
A three-star prospect rated No. 62 prep corner prospect in the nation. A two-way standout. As a quarterback, he passed for 711 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 398 yards and 11 TDs. Defensively, had 19 tackles and two interceptions. Chose WSU over Nebraska, Boise State and others.

TIM HODGDON (6-3 1/2, 287)
Center/Guard, Tesoro High, Las Flores
First-team all-league and all-Orange County. Named Scout.com All-Combine at San Francisco workout. A team captain with a 3.8 GPA. Had offers from the military academies and interest from some Pac-10s.

JARED KARSTETTER (6-4, 195, 4.53)
Receiver, Ferris High, Spokane
A two-time all-league choice who earned All-State honors in 2006 after catching 71 balls for 1,002 yards. Also one of the state's top basketball players, winning Greater Spokane League MVP honors as the Saxons were the 2007 Class 4A state title. He had verballed to Doba. Chose WSU over Idaho, UNLV, Air Force and others.

JAY MATTHEWS (6-1, 198)
Safety, Lake Oswego High
Was named first-team all-league and second-team All-State for his work on defense in '07. Had four INTs. Also played receiver, where he was a first-team all-league pick as well. His QB was the son of former NFL standout quarterback Neil Lomax. Team finished 11-1 in 2007. Timed in the 20 yard Shuttle at 4.0. Chose WSU over Portland State (though Oregon State and Boise State were coming on strong when he committed to WSU).

ALEX REITNOUER (6-5, 235)
OL/DE, St. Francis High, LaCanada
First team All-CIF, all-area and all-league. Mission League's Most Valuable offensive lineman. On defense, posted 38 tackles and two sacks in 2007. Great motor and good feet. Chose WSU over Montana State and Northern Arizona.

MICHAEL VANDENKOLK (6-0, 180, 4.48)
Receiver/safety, Carlsbad High
Both parents are Washington State alums and lived in the Evergreen State before moving to Europe and then eventually Carlsbad. In 2007 he had had 33 receptions for 657 yards. Defensively he had 42 tackles, one forced fumble, 10 pass breakups and three interceptions. One of the picks, along with a kickoff return, he took to the house. Named San Diego Union-Tribune All Academic. Chose WSU over UC-Davis.

TERRANCE HAYWARD (6-1, 174, 4.55)
Cornerback, Culver City High
Intriguing prospect because he's got good size, but doesn't turn 17 until November. From same school as Michael Bumpus. Can play safety or corner. In 2007 he recorded 51 tackles, three INTs and broke up six passes. He also logged more than 400 all-purpose yards. Chose WSU over Marshall.

ADAM COERPER (6-5, 230, 4.6)
TE/DE, Hood River Valley High
In 2007, logged 84 tackles, including five sacks. Offensively, had 37 receptions in nine games for 435 yards and 3 TDs. He was also served as the team's punter, averaging over 40 yards per kick. First team all-league at TE and DE and honorable mention Class 6A All-State. Chose WSU over Portland State.

TYREE TOOMER (6-1, 180. 4.47)
Safety/cornerback, St. John Bosco High, Bellflower
Physical and versatile, he has the potential to play anywhere in the secondary. Had 57 tackles, two sacks and three fumble recoveries in 2007. Had 37 tackles as a junior. Also a standout in track, running the 100, the 4x400 and the 300 meter hurdles.

CORY MACKAY (6-4, 216, 4.6)
Receiver (Eastlake High, Redmond)
Collected 64 receptions for 1,200 yards (18.8 ypc) and 14 TDs as a senior in 2007. Named All-Area wideout by the Seattle Times and earned first-team all-league honors at linebacker, where he led the KingCo conference with 18 sacks. Chose WSU over Washington.

DAN SPITZ (6-6, 250, 4.8)
TE/DE, Mead High, Spokane
First-team all-classifications All-State at defensive end in 2007. He committed verbally to Bill Doba. Physical and fast, he was named All-State on defense but has excellent blocking and pass-catching skills.. Mead is a run-first team, so Spitz caught just 14 passes in 2007 –- but a whopping seven of those catches were TDs. He squats 525 and benches 285. Chose WSU over Hawaii and Idaho.

CALVIN SCHMIDTKE (6-0, 186)
Quarterback, Lakes High, Lakewood
Completed 76 percent of his passes as a senior, racking up 2,724 yards and 37 TDs with only 5 interceptions. Named 2007 All-Area Player of the Year by Tacoma News-Tribune and first-team all-classifications All-State by the Seattle Times. Rated one of the top 75 prep QB prospects in the nation by Scout.com. Was a Class 2B All-State performer in 2006 as a junior at Life Christian Academy. Chose WSU over Eastern Washington and Idaho State.

DANIEL SIMMONS (5-10, 178, 4.46)
Cornerback, Colony High, Ontario
Earned All-CIF-SS Central Division honors at running back but he'll likely play corner at the next level. As a cornerback in the post season Southern California Bowl, he earned the game's Defensive MVP honor with five pass breakups and made numerous tackles. Chose WSU over Utah State

THE JUCOs

ZACK WILLIAMS (6-3 ½, 285)
Center/Guard (Glendale CC; Pasadena High)
A two-time, first-team All-Western States Conference selection at Glendale. A 3-star prospect who also earned honorable mention JC Gridwire All-America honors. Chose WSU over San Diego State.

JESSE SANCHEZ (6-3, 260)
Defensive end, West Los Angeles CC; Culver City High
Physical and possesses good speed. Posted 65 tackles, including 5 ½ sacks, in 2007. Has three to play two at WSU. Had feelers from a host of schools, including Marshall, Nevada, Tulane and Tulsa.

BERNARD WOLFGRAMM (6-3, 270, 4.8)
Defensive tackle/Defensive End (College of San Mateo; San Mateo High)
A highly athletic four-star prospect with a major league motor. Recorded 45 tackles in 2007, with 9.5 of them for loss. Chose WSU over Kansas State, Cal, ASU, Oregon State and Hawaii.

JOSH LUAPO (6-0, 295, 5.22)
DE/DT, Los Angeles Harbor College; Torrance High
Old high school teammate of Michael Bumpus. Picked by Scout.com to its All-Combine team following workout sessions last summer for junior college players. While there he turned in a 5.22 time in the 40; a 26-inch vertical leap and benched 225 pounds 20 times. Chose WSU over San Jose State, New Mexico State and Louisiana-Lafayette. Has three years to play two.

CHANTZ STADEN (5-11, 200, 4.5)
Running back, DeAnza CC; Campbell (Calif.) High
JC All-Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 with 2,123 yards all-purpose yards – the most of any JC player in California. Had 167 carries for 766 hashes in 2007 and averaged 17.1 yards per catch on 50 pass receptions. Also had 500 yards on kickoff and punt returns. Between two years of JC ball and his final two years of high school he caught 189 passes, making him a possibility at slotback as well as running back.

GRAYSHIRT FROM 2007 CLASS

J.T. LEVENSELLER (6-1, 190, 4.55)
Quarterback, Pullman High
Was 23-2 as a two-year starting quarterback at Pullman, throwing for 3,163 yards and 41 TDs. Also rushed for more than 1,000 yards over the two seasons. First-team all-league quarterback and second-team all-league defensive back in 2006. Son of Washington State assistant coach Mike Levenseller. Already enrolled. Chose WSU over EWU.

HOLDOVER

TYSON PENCER (6-6, 270)
DE/TE, Sands Secondary, Delta, B.C., Canada
Awaiting word from the NCAA on qualification status, with plans to enroll at WSU this summer. Spent the past fall starring in Vancouver Mainland Football League. He first turned heads of Cougar coaches at WSU's 2006 summer camp, and began playing organized football when he was 5. Racked up 25 tackles in a single game as a junior, but had his senior season sidetracked because of Sands' opponents choosing to forfeit. Chose WSU over Colorado.

WALK-ONS WHO ENROLLED AT WSU JAN. 2008

MYRON BECK (5-11 ½, 207, 4.58)
Safety, Glendale CC; Ingraham High (Seattle)
The Seattle product is walking on at WSU, Paul Wulff said Wednesday afternoon. Beck earned his AA degree in December and enrolled at WSU last month. He'll have three years to play three, having redshirted his first year in the JC ranks. He had six INTs this past season and returned three of them to the house. Named second-team all-league. Chose WSU over TCU, Eastern Washington and Western Illinois.

EASTON JOHNSON (5-11, 185)
Renton, Wash. (Feather River College)
Also a walk-on, he had nine receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown his sophomore season, with seven kick returns for 115 yards (16.43-yard average). In high school, was named All-Seamount League first team at running back before heading to junior college. He was also named first-team all-league as a punter.


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