Cougs first to offer Bothell TE/DE

NOT A DROP of ink has yet been splashed upon the 2009 Letters of Intent but Washington State and Paul Wulff are already hard at work on the 2010 class. One crimson target from the class of '10 hails from Bothell. He grew up a Husky fan being in their own backyard, but it is the Cougars who are first to offer him a scholie.

Michael Hartvigson (6-6, 235) heard from his coach at Bothell High last week that he had received his first college offer, from Washington State.

"Paul Wulff and the tight ends coach came by last Wednesday and they offered a scholarship. I have a pretty big frame, I'm pretty athletic for my size and I have good hands.

The Cougs' interest in Hartvigson ramped up after WSU saw him at the playoff game between Bothell-Issaquah, where Hartvigson estimated he had appx. 10 tackles, along with a sack and two touchdowns.

"I was definitely excited," said Hartvigson of the WSU offer. "But I also can't get too happy on this. I still have to work pretty hard and have a good senior season.

WSU LIKES HARTVIGSON at either tight end or defensive end.

"Defensively, I would say I get off blocks pretty well, I have a notion for the ball and I make plays. (WSU) said they liked me at both positions. I love catching the football but I also love hitting guys, I don't have a preference at all...I can probably see myself most playing tight end in college."

WHILE WAZZU IS the first to offer, Hartvigson has also been hearing from other schools.

"Coach Jeff Mills from UW, I (heard he) stopped by the school and he was here last Friday. And also, the coach from Stanford came about two weeks ago.

"And I just sent my tape to the coach down at Oregon State...Me and coach (Mark) Banker, I would say we have a very good relationship from a player-coach standpoint."

HARTVIGSON SAYS THAT growing up near Seattle, he's always been a Husky fan. At the same time he also says he said he's started forging a relationship with Cougar assistant Travis Niekamp.

"(UW) has always been my favorite team growing up. But I can see myself getting along with coach Niekamp really well," said Hartvigson.

Hartvigson's cousin, Chad Hartvigson, pitched for the San Francisco Giants and UW.

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