A STRONG CANDIDATE for the title of the state's best running back prospect, Brett Kirschner out of Interlake High in Bellevue went to Washington State's full contact summer camp on a mission. Considering how Saturday ended up for the 5-11, 205-pounder, mission accomplished.
tells CF.C he was named running back MVP by the Cougar coaching staff at the conclusion of Washington State's summer youth camp.
Kirschner said two of his biggest highlights were a 40-yard touchdown on a screen pass and a 10-yard touchdown run where he dove over a would-be tackler at the goal line.
"All the coaches were watching on that one (run), I think," said Kirschner.
KIRSCHNER GAVE HIGH MARKS
to the WSU coaching staff and for the camp they put on over his four days in Pullman, including assistant coach Steve Broussard.
"I got close to all the coaches. I really like the environment over there...I like coach Broussard a lot, he's a really nice guy and a really good coach," said Kirschner.
MOSTLY THIS OFFSEASON
the cyberspace recruiting talk on Kirschner has been about running back, but he might well have the skills set to excel at safety at the next level.
Kirschner left Pullman without a scholarship offer from the Cougs but before he did, he spent some quality time talking with WSU co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball.
"I got to talk to him quite a bit, it seemed like they really liked me," said Kirschner.
Brett Kirschner profile
Kirschner according to his prep coach had appx. 2,500 yards and 33 touchdowns over his sophomore and junior seasons combined. He missed three games to injury his junior season and was less than 100 percent after returning to action but still topped 1,000 yard rushing mark in '08.
Kirschner's strength numbers include a 265 pound power clean, a 330 pound bench press and a 475 pound squat.
While there's been quite a bit of offseason talk in cyberspace about the stellar crop of recruits this class in the state, this surprising note -- not a single Pac-10 school according to Scout.com has yet offered a state of Washington running back prospect.