BREAKING: Cougs' recruiting gets a boom

WASHINGTON STATE ADDED a bristling package of speed and quickness to its 2010 football recruiting class on Saturday. One of the fastest prep footballers in the state of Washington took an unofficial visit to Pullman, was offered, and committed verbally to head coach Paul Wulff, the lad tells CF.C. And did we mention his speed..


Lynden's Blair Bomber (5-9, 165, 4.4) is a Cougar.

"I went over there today, met with coach (Paul) Wulff and he offered me a full ride scholarship -- and I verbally committed today," said Bomber.

Bomber becomes the eighth known verbal commitment in the Cougs' 2010 class. The others are athlete Brandon Golden, QB Connor Halliday, TE Aaron Dunn, DE/OL Jake Rodgers, OT John Fullington, cornerback Matt Simmons and DB Damante Horton.

Bomber and his dad Ed, a longtime coach at Lynden High, came over to Pullman to take in the Cougs' first scrimmage and had an inkling from Lynden head man Curt Kramme that WSU might offer. WSU assistant Jody Sears has been extremely thorough in his recruitment of Bomber and today, thought Kramme, might well be the day.

Bomber, in thinking about that potential WSU offfer, had a certain view about a receiver of his height playing at Wazzu and in the Pac-10 -- but Wulff not only allayed any 'what if's', he had Bomber rarin' to go this afternoon and itching to buckle up the chinstrap.

"Me and my dad went in there today and we had a bunch of questions for coach Wulff, like where I would fit in the offense," said Bomber. "I didn't want to be one of those guys -- offered a full ride but can't ever play. Let's face it, I'm a 5-9 guy.

"But coach Wulff told me if I work hard, I can earn my spot. He told me I had a great chance to come into this program -- and he told me that I have what they need. Every question I had, he answered and told me the (right answers.) I was ready to commit right there."

BOMBER INSTEAD FIRST went on a tour, was blown away by the campus and facilities at Washington State, and said that he knew it was "a great place for me."

THEN, FOR GOOD measure, receivers coach Mike Levenseller sat down with him and his dad. Levy had coached Bomber at the Cougs' summer youth camp and on Saturday, he had Bomber fired up and jumping.

"Coach Levy is just a great guy," said Bomber. "I got to work out for a day with him at their summer camp -- just for those three hours I was there, just working one-on-one with him and in the group I was in, I learned so much from him. He really knows his stuff and like nobody else. There is so much I can learn from him at that level, he knows all the things to make me a great player."

BOMBER, WHO SAID he hopes to soon call Gino Simone to gain some of his insights, will come to WSU as an 'F" receiver in the Cougs' offense, traditionally known as a slotback. He could also be a return man on punts and kickoffs.

On the field this past fall, Bomber 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.

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.

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

THERE WAS ONE final piece to the puzzle before Bomber verballed. His mom is a die-hard Husky fan.

"My dad was on board...I texted my mom and said 'What do you think?' And I could tell she was very happy for me," said Bomber. "That was one of the biggest parts...I'll have to buy her a Cougar Mom shirt now.

"I'm so excited... I always thought; 'Well, maybe WSU. But probably not, though.' Now that it's actually happening, it's like a dream come true."

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Cougar TE Andrei Lintz also hails from Whatcom County, coming to Washington State from Bellingham's Meridian High and is close friends with Bomber.

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