RB Chris Bruhn here at last!

CHRIS BRUHN, a highly touted prep running back who signed with the Cougars three years ago but never qualified academically, is finally back in the crimson fold after an academic and star-studded junior college odyessy.

With little fanfare, WSU simply added Bruhn's name this morning to the list of 2003 recruits who have faxed in their letters of intent today.

It was a fitting end to a long-running recruiting tale for the 6-4, 220-pound Bruhn who has been rumored over the last two-and-a-half years to be headed every which way but loose. A year ago today there was hope he'd become a Cougar but the academic bugaboo reared its head again. And this season, commentary on him was downright scarce.

There's been no word out of Pullman yet on Bruhn's current academic status, but it's likely he has attained or is very near to attaining his AA degree.

At Butte Community College in California he was part of back-to-back Nor-Cal championship teams. As a freshman there in 2000 he rushed for 876 yards and nine touchdowns on 133 carries. In 2001 as a sophomore he was named the 27th best junior college prospect by JCFootball.com, racking up 1,161 rushing yards and 14 TDs despite playing only nine games. He spent all of this past season in the classroom.

As a prepster at Woodland High, Bruhn rushed for more than 1,800 yards and 20 TDs in both his junior and senior seasons. As a senior he was named his league's MVP and also received All-Metro and all-area honors. He also was an All-Far West pick by both Super Prep Magazine and Prep Star Magazine.

Despite his big size, Bruhn runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds.

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