Curtis hoss takes in WSU experience

THE WSU-CURTIS HIGH pipeline has been highly productive over the years. And a 6-5, 295-pound offensive tackle prospect from the Tacoma-area high school, with some impressive strength numbers in tow, was out on the Palouse this past weekend to take in the sights and sounds. There's also a family connection to the Cougs.

Jared Hansen has not been offered to this point by Washington State. Mike Levenseller, a Curtis grad, is running the recruiting point for the Cougars and told the hoss his evaluation isn't complete, there's something missing.

"Levy said of all the film I've sent him, there's not much of me pulling... so he wants to see me at their summer camp. He said I'm doing everything right, right now, I'm lifting four times a week trying to get really strong and right now everything is going good," said Hansen.

Hansen, who has been over to the Palouse twice this spring at Wazzu's invite, also has a family connection to Levy.

"I was the only one invited (from Curtis) but I brought over about four other guys with me. My dad went with me and he thought it was great. My dad and Levenseller graduated high school together so they had a blast talking, catching up on old times," said Hansen.

Hansen had a pretty good time himself.

"I thought it was amazing. The coaches there were really welcoming. When I went down there it felt like family, the team was really nice, I really enjoyed it," said Hansen.

WASHINGTON STATE had a number of players who are expected to start and/or significantly contribute this year sit out the second scrimmage of the spring this past Saturday but Hansen said the Cougars still looked sharp.

"They had a whole bunch of people out but they were still high tempo," said . "They looked great out there actually, I think they're going to do really well this upcoming season."

Hansen said he's going to a lot of camps and combines this spring in an effort to get "better, quicker, stronger." His strength numbers already stand out. Personal bests include include 530 pounds (3 reps) in the squat, a Curtis record; a bench press of 330 pounds, and a power clean (also 3 reps) of 300 pounds.

A few weeks back, his vertical was measured at 29 inches.

Hansen, also an accomplished track and field athlete specializing in the shot put, is hearing most from WSU and UW. He's also hearing from Idaho and Oregon. In addition to the Cougs' four day camp in June, his summer camp plans include UW, Idaho and Eastern at this point. He's been to the UW a couple times this spring.

"Washington is intense, they're really pushing their players, trying to make them drop weight," said Hansen.

Some of the more notable Curtis alumni who have suited up for the crimson and gray include: Torey Hunter, C.J. Davis, Virgil Williams, Singor Mobley, Deron Pointer and Levenseller, who was a phenomenal defensive back and wide receiver at Curtis. It is believed Levenseller still holds the SPSL season record for interceptions with 16 picks.

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