INCOMING: Wulff's class gets 270 pound boost

WASHINGTON STATE has received a big boost -- 270 pounds worth -- to its incoming recruiting class as a holdover from last year's crop is now Pullman-bound after getting the green light from the NCAA. The 6-foot-6 standout will enroll in summer school and take part in Wazzu's voluntary summer workouts. But will he play on the d-line, at tight end or elsewhere?

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Where British Columbian Tyson Pencer will line up for the Cougars probably won't be decided until WSU gets into fall camp.

It would seem the defensive line would be the more likely spot given depth issues there, but Pencer says Cougar coaches are leaving open the possibility of offense. He performed well as a tight end in WSU's summer camp back in 2006. And he's now nearly big enough, and has a big frame, that it wouldn't be much of a shocker for him to gear towards offensive tackle.

Pencer said he's called J.T. Levenseller, Joe Eppele and Marshal Pirtz since he received word that he qualified.

"I've just been asking them what to prepare for," said Tyson. "Because I want to go in ready and ready to go ... If (the coaches) told me to leave tonight, I'd be down there."

That won't be the case but moving day is not far off. Pencer will head to the Palouse and start classes in June.

Pencer said he's been working out religiously over the past year. Back when he verbally committed, he was 6-5 1/2, 230. He now stands a little over 6-6 and checks in at a solid 270 pounds.

Washington State assistant coach Mike Levenseller has stayed in close contact with the Pencer family throughout the arduous road to academic qualification.

"Finally," said Tyson. "It was just a relief ... finally all the hard work paid off... I talked to coach Levy and he told me congratulations and everything."

PENCER APPEARED ALL set to start his Washington State career last fall.

Out of Delta, B.C., he was pre-cleared by the NCAA's academic clearinghouse and good to go in the eyes of WSU itself. And he was actually in Pullman last August when the NCAA suddenly switched gears and said he wasn't eligible.

The issue had to do with one course. Pencer had received a high enough mark in the class by Candian standards but the NCAA, apparently looking at differences between the systems in Canada and the U.S., adjusted his mark downward. That adjustment put his GPA 0.07 points below the cut off line in concert with his test score.

Returning home to Canada, Pencer filled some of his down time by playing in a community league, the Vancouver Mainland Football League, and helped lead his team to the Provincial finals and the VMFL title game, starring on defense for the North Delta Longhorns.

And then Pencer also retook a couple of classes plus the ACT.

"He retook some tests and brought his ACT score way up," said his dad Glenn. "To make a long story short, he upgraded his Law (course) and that higher mark in Law totally put up him over the qualifications with his ACT scores and his SAT scores...He's qualified, he's coming back down to Washington State."

Since Pencer never enrolled at WSU last fall, he retains full eligibility with five years to play four.

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