Bellevue RB aiming for June offer from WSU

ONE CANDIDATE for the title of state's best '10 tailback prospect is hitting the camp circuit this month, and he'll be spending a number of days at Washington State. His prep coach calls him the toughest back in Washington, and he says if things go the way he envisions this June, more than one Pac-10 school might climb on board with a scholie offer.

Washington State has not offered Brett Kirschner (5-11, 205, 4.5) of Bellevue's Interlake High but his prep coach, Sheldon Cross, thinks he might open some eyes at the Cougs' camp.

"I think he's the toughest tailback in the state," said Cross. "He has a heart and a motor that doesn't stop, and I think he's fearless when it comes to taking on tacklers.

"I honestly think he's the best tailback in the state. Obviously, I'm biased but from everything I've heard from other people around the state as far as who is on what list, I think he'll end up being the best tailback. Especially if he's healthy his senior year."

WASHINGTON STATE was by Interlake this May Evaluation period, as were Washington, Arizona State and a number of other schools. So why no Pac-10 offers for someone who might be the top running back in-state for 2010?

"They all want to see him live. He had an injury (MCL) to his knee last year. It wasn't severe but it hampered him...he just wasn't at full speed and didn't have that same burst when he came back last year, so they just want to see him and make sure he's there again," said Cross.

THE COUGARS, said Cross, like Kirschner's versatility and that while WSU and everyone else is talking running back, Kirschner also has the "versatility and skills" to play linebacker or h-back.

Kirschner has worked extensively with Jason Gesser and formed a bond with him. The family atmosphere of Washington State has also made an impression.

"He is very, very interested in Wazzu and really likes the staff and the direction the program is heading," said Cross. "..I think the Cougs are right there with him. They want to see what he can do live when we go their camp. I think he's right there on their board."

While the goal is of course to earn more scholie offers, Kirschner says he's very pleased to hold a full ride at this stage.

"I'm really excited about the offer from Air Force, I feel really blessed that good things have happened and are starting to happen," he said.

INTERLAKE AS A TEAM will camp at Washington State later this month. Kirschner also has a number of other stops planned over a busy schedule. First up, he's headed to Oregon State on Friday, and then UW on Sunday.

"Arizona State wants him down at their individual camp," said Cross. "Washington has recently really gotten into the mix and they have said they really like him. He's going to go to their individual camp this Sunday. Oregon State is interested. BYU called recently. Idaho is really really high on him. "I guess (Steve) Sarkisian really likes him from what coach (Jeff) Mills said...UW told him (this week) once they see him live, if he impresses them, they're going to offer."

  • Despite missing three games and being less than 100 percent after he returned to action, Kirschner still topped 1,000 yard rushing mark last season, said Cross. Kirschner has appx. 2,500 yards and 33 touchdowns total over his sophomore and junior seasons combined.

  • Kirschner's strength numbers include a 265 pound power clean, a 330 pound bench press and a 475 pound squat.

  • For all the talk about the stellar crop of recruits this class in the state, it's noteworthy that not one Pac-10 school according to has yet offered a running back prospect.

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