GSL co-defensive MVP sets WSU official visit

LOOKING OVER Washington State's verbal commit list, it's all 3- and 4-star future Cougars from top to bottom. Another 3-star target, who just concluded a co-defensive MVP season in the Greater Spokane League, is a 6-5, 244-pounder out of Gonzaga Prep who could play either offense or defense at the next level. And a Wazzu official visit date is looming.

Travis Long is scheduled to take his official visit to Washington State on Dec. 12.

"I think once I start visiting the schools is when I'll start making some decisions," said Long.

The Cougs, said Long, continue to show him the recruiting love.

"Oh yeah, they just keep on stressing how much they want me there," said Long.

Long has been to Wazzu plenty of times but said he'll still be looking closely at his surroundings during his official trips.

"I'm going to look at the town. Pullman is pretty small and I kinda like that. And I want to visit Boise, it's kind of a bigger city but at the same time, it's kinda like the size of Spokane," said Long.

IN ADDITION TO WSU, Long holds offers from Boise State and Oregon State and he's hearing frequently from both and Stanford also called recently. Stanford was recruiting Long as a tight end though lists four known Stanford tight end verbals -- Levine Toilolo, Zach Ertz, Brock Sanders, Jordan Najvar and Ryan Hewitt. Toilolo and Ertz are rated the Nos. 2 and 6 top TE prospects in the nation.

Long hasn't set a date for an official visit to Oregon State but it's probably not too far off.

"They just want to try and get me down for a visit. I definitely want to get down and see the town, see the school. They definitely have a great program but I don't know much about the college really. We're working out when I have a bye for basketball or when I play on a Thursday night," said Long.

Boise State, who likes Long on the defensive line, is penciled in for a visit date of Nov. 28.

"They seem very interested and keep on telling me how much they want me," said Long.

LONG HELPED LEAD G-Prep to an 8-2 record but with two teams in the GSL notching one fewer league loss, the Bullpups were shut out of a playoff berth.

A force on offense, he was also named the league's co-defensive MVP, (along with future Cougar Chris Mastin), after a position change his senior season to moving up in the box.

"I think the position change was pretty good for me, moving from linebacker to defensive end. I was a little sketchy about it at first but I think it really worked out in my favor," said Long.

Travis Long profile

• Two of the great quarterbacks in Cougar history – Lewis & Clark's Butch Meeker (1925-27) and Shadle Park's Mark Rypien (1981-85) – hailed from the Lilac City. So did two of the finest receivers in WSU history -- Rogers' Don Ellingsen (1956-58) and Lewis & Clark's Gail Cogdill (1957-59). Gogdill would go on to become NFL Rookie of the Year in 1960.

• Two of the legendary kickers in Cougar lore were Spokane guys– Gonzaga Prep's Joe Danelo (1971-74) and Mead's Jason Hanson (1988-91).

• Three mainstays on WSU's 1998 Rose Bowl team were Spokanites: linebacker Steve Gleason of Gonzaga Prep; defensive lineman Shane Doyle of Shadle; and center Cory Withrow of Mead.

• Six Spokane Cougars earned first-, second-, third-team All-American honors while in crimson. Four were Lewis & Clark graduates: lineman Harold Ahlskog (first-team All-America in 1930); defensive back Bill Gaskins (second-team in 1965); guard Dan Lynch (first-team in 1984); and safety Erik Coleman (third-team in 2003). In addition, Hanson was named first-team All-America in 1989 and 1991 and third-team in 1990, while Ellingsen was a third-team choice in 1957. Another LC product, tackle Johnny Bley, was named All-West Coast in 1935, which would be equivalent to a second-team All-America honor today.

• One of the cornerstones of coach Lone Star Dietz's three amazing WSU teams that went a collective 17-2-1 between 1915-17 was a Spokane product: running back/defensive back Dick Hanley.

Jerry Williams, from North Central High, was a record-setting back and return specialist at WSU in the 1940s, and went on to become an NFL All-Pro with the Rams and later a highly respected head coach in the NFL and CFL.

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