Cougs offer scholarship to SPSL burner

MOST OF THE time when Washington State offers an accomplished soccer player, the recruit in question is a kicker. Not this time. One of the performers who was at Washington State's summer football camp has earned his first Pac-10 offer because of his speed. Indeed, at a combine earlier in the spring, the wide receiver prospect out of the South Puget Sound League clocked a 4.39 in the 40.

The Cougs like Justin Veltung (5-11, 175, 4.39) out of Puyallup as a slot receiver.

"They like my speed, my athletic ability and my knowledge of football," said Veltung.

That speed was also on display at the Competitive Edge Combine in Sumner back in May, when Veltung logged the top 40 time, a 4.39, of all participants.

Veltung could in addition possibly have an impact in the return game at the next level. As a junior in 2007-08, he earned first team honors on special teams for his work as a punt and kickoff return man.

WASHINGTON STATE IS recruiting the hardest and was first to offer.

And Veltung said he has already formed a solid bond with one head coach.

"I'd have to say Paul Wulff. He's a nice guy who tells it straight up. He doesn't just want you only for football, he wants you to experience and do well in college," said Veltung.

Veltung has played soccer the longest but the sport of football holds a special draw for him.

"I've played soccer since I was five. The first time I played football, in the seventh grade, I enjoyed it 100 percent more," said Veltung.

VELTUNG DOES hold a few scholarship offers for soccer, including one from the UW. He attended the Huskies football camp, had a good showing and drew interest but came away without an offer.

"On the last day of the camp they contacted my high school football coach and said they were interested," said Veltung.

PUYALLUP WAS A run oriented team in '07, with 367 rushing attempts to 193 passes. But Veltung was still the second leading receiver in yardage last season with 247 yards and 2 TDs on 13 receptions. (Team receiving highs were 15 receptions, 291 yards).

In the return game, he averaged 37 yards on 11 tries, including a 92 yard return for score. He also fielded 13 punts, with an average of 12.69 per.

Defensively, he logged 27 tackles with two interceptions at cornerback.

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