Is Forde a hoss in steakeater clothing?

WOODINVILLE'S MAXX FORDE holds a Cougar offer and sure looks like a defensive end in the picture accompanying this story -- tackling through the ballcarrier and bringing the heat. And he has a nice build a high school junior d-end at 6-4, 230 pounds. But Forde says his best position at the next level might lie elsewhere.

He's not the only one. Two longtime observers of KingCo's 4A league and the west side football scene have told that Forde has both skills set and measurables to be a prototype left tackle at the next level.

And Forde in a recent conversation with CF.C said some college coaches are talking to him about the same thing.

"Some schools are talking about offensive line...I really wouldn't mind it, whatever gets me on the field, gets me on the field," said Forde. "For me it's really a 50-50 thing, I don't mind either way.

"You get to hit people from both sides, so it's all good."

AT OFFENSIVE TACKLE last season for Woodinville, he showed good feet, knee-bend and that he can run well in space. The son of CougGreat linebacker Brian Forde, Maxx has been clocked in the 40 with a time of 4.69.

Cougars coach Paul Wulff, himself a four-year starting center for the Cougars in the late '80s, likes his offensive lineman rangy with the room and work ethic to pack on the beef. And Forde likes Wulff and Wazzu.

"I'm liking them a lot. Each day I feel like our relationship is growing," said Forde.

WASHINGTON STATE WAS the first to offer and Forde says they "definitely: continue to recruit the hardest.

I've just been talking to them about everything -- what I would be doing if I was going there, life in general, just pretty much everything.

He also received recent offers from Wyoming and Army and has gotten camp appearance requests at Oregon, Stanford and UW.

They want to see me at camp before they decide on anything. I might end up going there for those, we'll see.

A RARITY AMONG today's prep athletes, Forde is a three sport standout at Woodinville, starring in football, basketball and track. At the recent state track and field championships, he placed 14th in the shot-put (49'-6").

He's also an exceptional student, he carries a 3.73 GPA in a curriculum that includes honors classes.

  • 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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