Spokane sackmaster lands crimson offer

LEWIS & CLARK in Spokane has a storied history of sending talent to Washington State. Such legendary Cougars as Erik Coleman, Dan Lynch, Bill Gaskins, Gail Cogdill, John Bley, Harold Ahlskog and Butch Meeker hailed from LC. Wazzu just recently offered a speed rushing sackmaster they hope will add to that legacy.

Christopher Mastin is not your prototypical defensive end, he checks in at 6-1.5, 198 pounds. But Washington State has offered him as a speed rushing defensive end says his prep coach, and there are reasons behind it.

"He has tremendous speed and tremendous room for physical growth," said Tom Yearout, a former Cougar receiver himself. "And he plays every snap hard. He can really go get the quarterback, we don't keep defensive stats but he had a lot of sacks."

MASTIN, WHO HELPED lead LC to the state 4A title last season, says BSU, UW, OSU, Oregon and Utah have all been sending him mail, and Idaho has been recruiting hard, but Washington State is the school he's had the most personal contact with -- he also took in a spring practice at WSU a couple weeks ago spending some quality time with Cougar head man Paul Wulff.

"He's the one that came up to me down there and gave me the offer...I've made a little connection with coach Wulff, it was just about how he came at me and how we were talking. I like him a lot.

"He told me the reason they're recruiting me is because I can get off the line fast and they need a lot of that."

MASTIN SAID he doesn't anticipate making a decision anytime soon, however. He lists WSU as a slight leader because they've offered. Chris Ball recruits the Spokane area for WSU and took Mastin on a tour of the school during his unofficial visit. Potentially Mastin's d-line coach if he were to go to Wazzu is Malik Roberson, himself a former LC star and assistant.

"I like the school a lot," said said Mastin. "I have a good connection with the coaches already and my high school coach has a good connection with them."

"I've talked to coach Malik (the most), I knew of him before when he came and talked to us at one of our football dinners but I really got to know him when I went down there...I'm probably going to wait it out and take care of my senior season and then take care of everything after that."

Mastin's upcoming summer camp plans include those at Oregon State and BSU.

AS A JUNIOR, Mastin was first-team All-GSL on LC's 2007 state 4A championship team. He was also voted LC's defensive lineman of the year -- even though one of his battery mates on the line, senior Steve Johnson, was a first-team All-State selection.

He is ranked No. 94 on Scout.com's West 150 list of 2009 high school prospects.

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Mastin is not the only Spokane prospect who could have Pac-10 talent. A pair of Gonzaga prep seniors-to-be could also be offer-worthy: TE/DE Travis Long and OL Anthony Luna. Like Mastin, both are on Scout.com's list of the top 150 West Coast prospects for 2009. Luna is rated No. 89, with Long checking in at 148th.

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