Lyndenite speedster turns on jets at WSU camp

WASHINGTON STATE AND UW, in the weeks leading up, each made extended efforts to get one 2A speedster prospect into their respective summer camps. One of the fastest players in the state according to a local newspaper who covered his prep junior campaign, he was out on the Palouse last week turning up the jets. Here's how it unfolded..

The Lynden High coaches fielded a bunch of calls from WSU assistant Jody Sears and UW assistant Jeff Mills prior to their camps, wanting to see WR prospect Blair Bomber (5-9, 165, 4.4) in attendance. But with Bomber heading to EWU for a five day camp, he was reluctant to add another one on top of it with no break.

Both schools were persistent but the UW offense wasn't in Bomber's eyes conducive to the slotback-type of receiver having many opportunities, one thought being the Huskies won't be running much of the position in the offensive system of the new coaching staff.

Plus, Bomber has an offer from Eastern, and he's high on the Eagles program and how he might fit into their program. Sears, however, made his case and Bomber camped for a day at the Cougs' full-contact event.

"It was good, really positive...I talked with coach (Mike) Levenseller a bunch, he was working with me during the one-on-ones and I talked to coach Sears a lot, too. Levenseller said I did a great job and there wasn't a guy out there that matched up with me well, he said I ran crisp routes and was the fastest guy in camp," said Bomber.

BOMBER LEFT WSU without a scholarship offer, however.

"I've talked with coach Sears, I actually called him on him (Tuesday) and he said they're looking at a couple other guys they want to recruit and see what they're going to do. But he said they liked me a lot...There were a lot of positives and it was really great to hear what he had to say. We'll see (in time) how the rest of the coaches like me and what coach Levy has to say later," said Bomber.

CLASS 2A FOOTBALL players in the state of Washington often have a hard time getting looks and offers from BCS schools, in large part because they play against what is considered lesser competition than 3A and 4A. Bomber's speed on the field, however, has gotten him noticed.

A three-sport athlete, Bomber finished second in the 100-m and 200-m at the Class 2A State Championships with times of 11.07 and 22.05 seconds, respectively. His personal best in the 100 is 10.99 seconds and he holds the Lynden school records in both events. His 4x400 relay team also won the 2A state title.

On the field this past fall, he was a key component to Lynden's 2A state championship. He led the Northwest Conference with 92 receptions for 998 yards, adding another 253 hashes on 37 carries. He had 17 combined touchdowns, including 13 receiving.

"There aren't too many football players in the state faster than Bomber," says an article from this past fall in the Bellingham Herald.

BOMBER SAID HE "definitely" wants to make a verbal commitment before his senior year, with a decision likely around mid-August. And Eastern, he said, offers a great fit for a guy with his skills set.

"Eastern is great...It's a really quality system over there and that's what I like a lot about it...I love the coaches there and they offered our tight end at Lynden (Ryan Seto) so that's obviously a big factor in that I would have a guy going over there with me.

An all-NWC first team pick at wide receiver and defensive back, and Associated Press Class 2A honorable mention all-state at both spots as a junior, all schools are recruiting Bomber as a receiver.

Cougar Andrei Lintz also hails from Whatcom County, coming to Washington State from Bellingham's Meridian High. After spending his first year redshirting at WSU, Lintz, a tight end, has added 20 pounds compared to his '08 fall roster playing weight.

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