Cougs offer Desert athlete with big hops

THE WASHINGTON STATE STAFF earlier this week gathered back in Pullman for the first time since the May Evaluation period began six weeks ago. And Paul Wulff, with his assistants, extended scholarship offers to a pair of Arizonans -- a safety with record-breaking hops and a 6-4, 290-pound offensive tackle out of Scottsdale.

Bryce Lamb (6-0, 180, 4.5) out of Chandler said one of the draws for the Cougs is the responsibility that comes with a program like Washington State's.

"Coming into an up and rising program, it's going to be a lot of responsibility as in making the program better and growing the program and that's cool," said Lamb.

Strongly influencing his decision will be a school's track program. He's been competing in track almost since he could walk and although still just a junior, he's already one of the country's top prep long jumpers and triple jumpers.

Lamb currently has the third best jump in both events nationally this year and will be competing to land a spot on the Juniors World Team in June.

Washington State and the other offering schools have told him they are on board with him competing in both sports in college.

"I like them (WSU) a lot. I've seen their track team and they're really good in track and they're an up and coming football program. Something like that is always good because there's a chance you can win championships on both sides of the table," said Lamb.

LAMB IS LISTED as a running back but virtually all of his offers are as an athlete and his best position in college might turn out to be safety. That's also the spot where the Cougs have offered him.

"I have seven or eight offers now, Washington State and Nevada just offered me (Thursday)," said Lamb. "Every one of the schools have asked me which position I want to play and I've just told them I want to be on the field, it really doesn't matter which side of the ball it's on."

Colorado's coaching staff is one of the schools Lamb mentioned that he's formed a solid bond with in the early going of the recruiting season. Lamb said distance would not be much of a deciding factor and he could see himself venturing outside of Arizona as easily as he could see staying home.

Including WSU and Colorado, others who have offered include Arizona, ASU and Oregon State in the Pac-10.

"Coach (Mike) Cavanaugh (at OSU), I've talked to him three or four times...and he's pretty cool," said Lamb.

Lamb said he doesn't anticipate an early decision.

Bryce Lamb profile

OVER IN SCOTTSDALE, offensive tackle Kody Koebensky was offered by Washington State this week as well.

Koebensky (6-4, 290) also holds offers from Arizona State, Idaho, Air Force, Army, Utah, San Diego State and Montana.

He was named honorable mention all region as a junior while helping to lead Saguaro High to their second straight 4A-1 state title this past season.

Subscribers can watch junior highlights of Koebensky by clicking on the link below. He plays left tackle and wears No. 67.

Kody Koebensky profile and video

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