Cougars get two-sport star

<b>KYLE KENDRICK</b>, a two-sport athlete from Mount Vernon, Wash., confirmed today with <i></i> that he has verbally committed to Washington State to play both football and baseball.

The 6-3, 180-pound Kendrick is getting lots of looks by pro scouts as a pitcher, and there's a strong likelihood he'll be drafted in the top-5 rounds, which is the magic number. "All the teams have been sending me stuff to fill out," Kyle said Friday morning. "And I've been throwing for cross-checkers and scouts have been seeing me throw. At this point there isn't one team that's stepped up."

Kyle will sign in April during baseball season, and by waiting he'll be able to play football right away. "I think it's April 16th," Kyle said. "I'm doing that so I don't have to sit two years to play football." Kendrick, a quarterback and punt, will most likely redshirt in football but that can't be said for tossing the pill.

"The baseball coach (Tim Mooney) wants me to come in and really learn as much as I can right away as a freshman. Once I get settled and have the system down then I can go and play football as a junior or senior and really get into that and then play baseball too."

Coach Mooney wants Kyle to pitch and also play shortstop. Coach Bill Doba wants Kyle as a QB. "Coach Doba was here yesterday," he said. "He told me that he's excited to have me and to just come down and see what happens."

Washington State didn't have much competition for Kendrick's services, but there's a reason for that. They were the only team that expressed a genuine interest in Kyle's desire to play both sports. "Arizona State wanted me just for baseball, and since they are so good they want their guys to just do one thing," he said. "Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Eastern (Washington) and Portland State wanted me for football."

Kendrick was all-state as a QB and also nominated to Jerry Campbell's All-American squad as a punter. There's no question the Cougars are getting one heck of an athlete with Kyle. His last recorded 40 time was 4.9, his bench is 185 pounds, power clean is also 185 and his squat lift is 285 pounds.

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