WSU official visitor list for opener growing

THERE ARE FEW places that can match the unique charms of the Palouse in the early fall -- lots of sunshine, 75 degrees and with the leaves starting to change color, it's a hard hand to beat. And the list of official visitors to Washington State for the Cougs' season opener next weekend continues to grow.

Woodinville's Maxx Forde (6-4, 230, 4.69) has kept in close contact with Washington State ever since the Cougs offered him back at the start of March.

He'll have another chance at some quality face time with the Wazzu coaches a few days from now.

"I'm set to go on the official to Washington State, they play Stanford on the 5th," said Forde. "We've just been talking about me getting out there and getting that all ironed out.

"I'm thinking about maybe also going to Army for an official visit, seeing what that's like over there...We'll see how it goes."

Forde joins WR Bobby Ratliff out Etiwanda, Calif., WR Marquess Wilson from Tulare, Calif., and S Deone Bucannon out of Fairfield, Calif. as expected visitors in Pullman next weekend.

FORDE'S PRESEASON WORK at Woodinville High has begun, he and his teammates started two-a-days last week. Prior, there were voluntary workouts.

"You can tell who wants to play, and the guys who want to play have been there," said Forde.

Forde is rated a three star DE by but his best position in college, he says, might be on the offensive line.

AT O-TACKLE last season for Woodinville, Forde 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.

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

He's a three sport standout at Woodinville, starring in football, basketball and track. At the state track and field championships, he placed 14th in the shot-put (49'-6") as a junior.

He's also an exceptional student, with 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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