Legacy earns Cougar offer post film study

A COUGAR LEGACY who stars both on the football field and in the classroom hand-delivered his highlight tape to Paul Wulff when he came to Pullman this past weekend. With mom along for the trip, he proceeded to have a great time at Washington State on Saturday -- and things got even better after he was back on the West side of the state Monday.

Woodinville's Maxx Forde, son of CougGreat Brian Forde, shows up well on film.

Forde sent an email on Monday to WSU area recruiting coach Travis Niekamp thanking him for inviting him to the Cougs' junior day event held this past weekend. Niekamp emailed back and asked him to call him or Wulff and when Forde dialed up Niekamp, he found out the Cougs were offering him a full ride.

"I was excited," said Forde. "They said they had just watched my highlight film that I had given to them at the junior day and the entire staff liked it, I guess."

Forde also called Wulff a little later on and had a good conversation with the Wazzu head man.

"He said I was the type of person they wanted...that I was a great athlete they thought but (character) was what he was talking about mostly," said Forde. "(My parents) thought it was great that I got offered (by WSU)."

FORDE SAID the Cougars haven't settled completely on what position he might play at the college level but he went with the defensive ends at WSU's junior day event when the recruits broke off into groups.

Forde checks in at 6-4, 230 pounds and was clocked by his prep coach at 4.69 in the 40 last year. His mom came along with him for the trip.

"It was a really nice visit," said Forde. "I was impressed by the campus, coaches and everything there...and she was taking a trip down memory lane because she went there back in the 80's. We got there early and she took me around the campus, showing me places she used to live. She liked it a lot. A lot has changed since she went there, but she liked it a lot."

Forde said he was struck by the fact Washington State talked to him about character rather than just football, and that Wulff was excited about Forde's academic accomplishments at Woodinville.

"Different coaches would come up with me and talk for a while, I probably talked to every coach while I was over there. I was genuinely impressed with what they have to offer. They all seemed like good guys -- great guys, in fact -- and great coaches, too," said Forde.

An exceptional student, Forde carries a 3.73 GPA in a curriculum that includes honors classes.

FORDE SAID he wasn't close to a college decision and was at the beginning of the recruiting process. Washington State is recruiting the hardest, he's been receiving the most mail from UCLA, Oregon and Stanford.

"I had considered Wazzu (pre-offer) as one of my top schools anyway. I'm just going to take it slow and see what happens in the coming months...(my dad) just wants what's best for me," said Forde.

FORDE, WHO ALSO plays hoops at Woodinville, took a particular interest in the Cougs' thrilling last second victory on the hardcourt Saturday over ASU when Taylor Rochestie buried a three from way downtown.

"That was wild, just a great game to come to. It was amazing. I was surprised he pulled up from that deep...my heart was up in my throat," said Forde.

Forde said he hadn't firmed up his summer camp plans but it was likely he'd be coming back to Pullman for the camp at Washington State.

Maxx Forde profile

  • 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. Defensively, he has a quick first step and did a good job disengaging from his blocker, says Scout.com. 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.

  • Father 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).

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