Iona schedules first official, to WSU

RECRUITING IS A fluid thing. There was a quote from Happy Iona not long ago he might soon be looking to commit to one of Washington State's Pac-10 competitors. But as often happens in recruiting, things settle, shift and change and his prep coach says Iona wants to take official trips before any decision. He's scheduled one official so far, and it's to the first BCS school who offered him -- WSU.

But based on what his prep coach says, the Cougs look to be locked in a fierce recruiting battle with two other Pac-10 schools.

When Stanford comes to town to kick off the 2009 season at Washington State, Spanaway's Happy Iona will be in attendance.

"I think he wants to wait on (a decision) and take some trips. The only trip he has scheduled right now is Washington State. He's planning on going there for an official visit on September 5," said Bethel High head man Gavin Kralik.

Iona was quoted pre-camp visit to Oregon State that he might commit while in Corvallis. Although that didn't happen, and it now looks like a verbal commitment to any school won't happen until sometime in the fall, Kralik said Iona definitely is feeling the OSU love.

"He likes Oregon State and Washington a bunch, but he wants to visit officially Washington State too," said Kralik.

"He was real excited after going to camp for a day at Oregon State. He enjoyed it a lot and was really excited about them when he left."

IONA VISITED THE Washington State campus this spring. The Cougs were first to offer back on April 2 and are the first he's scheduled for an official trip.

But the UW and OSU have been putting on an effective full court press since they offered on Jun 27 and June 5, respectively. The UW, says Kralik, have labeled Iona as "identical" to Husky commit Sione Potoae.

"I think Oregon State and Washington are probably towards the top of his list with Washington State very close behind," said Kralik.

IONA, WHOM KRALIK describes as an athletic 220-pounder in a 280-pound body, lined up at d-tackle, defensive end and nose guard last season for Bethel.

You can watch him creating havoc in the backfield and chasing down quarterbacks in the video link below.

Happy Iona profile and video

Kralik said Bethel has two other prospects who could potentially play themselves into D-IA level offers with big senior seasons: DB Isaac Winters, 5-11, 175; and RB Anthony Meray, 5-9, 185

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