G-Prep's Sankey talks WSU experience, offer

WASHINGTON STATE IS more familiar with Bishop Sankey than the average sophomore football prospect. After all, the 5-11, 190-pounder from Spokane took home the MVP Award for running backs at the 2008 WSU summer camp. And the Cougar coaches also saw plenty of him in game action last year when recruiting Gonzaga Prep and '09 Cougar-to-be Travis Long. CF.C talked at length to Sankey and his dad..

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Sankey, a running back prospect in the 2011 class, received his first college scholarship offer from Washington State on Saturday night. He celebrated Sunday by hitting the weights for a couple hours at Fairchild Air Force Base. Just like he always does.

"Sometimes I have to slow him down. He lives in the weight room," said Christopher Sankey, Bishop's father.

Sankey and his dad both gave the Washington State experience over the weekend rave reviews.

"It was awesome...I think it's a great atmosphere from a father's standpoint," said Christopher.

"I thought it was great," said the younger Sankey. "I was impressed with the weight room and everything else...It was a great experience. I was amazed at how many students were in the crowd and how well they supported the basketball team. The energy in there was just crazy."

RECEIVING THE SCHOLARSHIP offer from Paul Wulff was a complete surprise.

"When they offered him, he had such a big smile on his face. And I was like, 'Whoa!'", said Sankey's father.

"I kind of wanted to get up and dance around but I controlled myself," laughed Bishop.

The Sankeys during the visit to Pullman talked the most with WSU running backs coach Steve Broussard.

"As a running backs coach (he talked) about what he expects from his running backs -- some of the things that I've kind of been teaching and telling Bishop over the years," said the elder Sankey. "I liked that about the coach.

"(Bishop) really liked him. Coach Broussard kind of resembles me in stature, Bishop is taller than me, and he made the comment, 'I like coach Broussard because he kind of reminds me of you...If he gets on me, if I decide to go there, I guess it will be like my dad getting on me,'" laughed the elder Sankey.

ORIGINALLY FROM THE Akron-Cleveland area in Ohio, Christopher has been stationed at places from Alabama to Iraq. They have been in Spokane and at Fairchild for about two years.

"I love it. I think Spokane is a hidden secret...With the Air Force, it's not uncommon to try and hang around Fairchild a long time, there are some people who have been here their whole career," said Christopher.

AS STELLAR A time as Sankey had in Pullman, he doesn't appear close to making a decision -- he is after all but a sophomore and his recruitment has probably only begun. The Cougs are certainly front and center, however.

Washington State has had the most contact far and away, said the elder Sankey. There's been recruiting mail from schools like Oregon, Ohio State and Michigan. The Huskies saw Sankey play last season when they were scouting Long and also met him in passing one other time said the elder Sankey but that's been the extent of the contact from the UW.

Sankey's dad said Bishop is up to 320 pounds on the bench press and is close to 400 on the squat.

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