Cougar legacies plentiful in 2010 class

AN EARLY LOOK at the 2010 recruiting trail shows no shortage of WSU legacies, with Cougar kicker Nico Grasu's brother Hroniss among those leading the way as a decorated defensive end. While the Cougars haven't offered scholies to any of them at this stage, all have Washington State listed among their their top seven schools of interest.

Hroniss Grasu (6-3, 245) DE, Encino, Calif., Crespi Carmelite High
A two-way starter on both offensive and defensive lines, he was a first Team All-Serra League pick as a junior and was named to the Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Team. A three sport athlete (basketball, volleyball) he's also a solid student with a 3.2 GPA and first burst onto the scene as a sophomore with 40 tackles and five sacks in just seven games. His brother Nico is the Cougars' kicker and who went 3-for-3 in Washington State's 2008 Apple Cup victory, including the winning field goal. The Cougars have been recruiting the younger Grasu for some time. "I'm really close with the coaches there because I met them when they were recruiting my brother and I got to know them," the younger Grasu said in August of 2008.

Other Cougar-connected high school seniors-to-be with football potential at the college level include tight end Connor Hamlett of Meadowdale High in Lynnwood, defensive end Maxx Forde of Woodinville, running back Terran Madu-Jules of Silverado High in Las Vegas and tight end Cooper Pelluer of state champion Skyline High in Issaquah.

Maxx Forde (6-4, 230) DE/OG, Woodinville, Woodinville High
A first team KingCo 4A Crown Division pick on both sides of the ball, Forde manned the tackle spot on both lines his junior year. Scout projects him to be d-lineman in college. Defensively, he has a quick first step and did a good job disengaging from his blocker says Scout. On offense last season, he showed good feet, knee-bend and that he can run well in space. Forde is coached by former NFL tackle Manu Tuiasosopo. His dad Brian Forde starred at linebacker for the Cougars from 1985-87 and later played for a number of years in the NFL and CFL. He holds the WSU record for most tackles in a game (28) and is No. 3 on the career tackles list (436).

Connor Hamlett (6-7, 240) TE/DL, Lynnwood, Meadowdale High
He is rated No. 33 on's Northwest Fab 50 list for 2010 as a wide receiver but he checked in this offseason at 6-foot-7 and some think he'll line up elsewhere in college with tight end, o-line or d-line some of the possibilities. As a receiver his junior season, he captured second team all-Wesco 3A honors with his best game coming in a playoff victory where he had two touchdown catches, one for 53 yards. His brother Casey walked on at Washington State last month after starting 11 games at Western Washington as a sophomore and earning second team league all-star honors.

Terran Madu-Jules (5-9, 180) RB/CB, Las Vegas, Silverado High
Plays both running back and corner. As a junior in 2008, rushed only 82 times but racked up 450 yards (5.49 average). His dad, Frank "Magic" Madu was a Cougar running back from 1993-95. He is in the Cougar record-book for the longest run from scrimmage (his 87 yards at Nebraska in 1995 tied Chuck Morrell's 1958 record), and for the second-longest run (85 yards vs. Montana in 1993).

Cooper Pelluer (6-3.5, 215, 4.7) TE/LB, Issaquah, Skyline High
He is rated No. 47 on's Northwest Fab 50 list for 2010 as a wide receiver but some think he'll play tight end or inside linebacker in college. Pelluer on defense, says, is a physical player who excels in pursuit and can cover a lot of ground. His dad Scott was a four-year starter for the Cougars from 1977-80 and later played six seasons in the NFL. He's been a college coach for many years, and served as Bob Robertson's color analyst on Cougar radio broadcasts in 1999 and 2000. His brother Tyler currently plays at Montana.

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