BREAKING: Newest Coug built Forde tough

HE'S BEEN VERY deliberate with his decision making process throughout this recruiting season. He'd also been consistent, saying that when he felt it, he would make the call. He felt it today and in the end, Maxx Forde said the right place for him to go crack pads was at the same school his father Brian Forde starred at -- Washington State.

Forde, the 6-4, 240 pounder out of Woodinville and son of CougGreat Brian Forde, has gone crimson.

"I don't have too much time to talk but I gave my verbal to Washington State today -- it just felt right," Forde told CF.C late Thursday.

Forde is rated a 3-star prospect and the No. 91 defensive end in the nation, although his best position at the Pac-10 level might well be as an offensive lineman. This month he has been named all-classifications All-State on the defensive line by the Tacoma News Tribune and Seattle Times.

He said he called and gave his news today to another former o-line standout during his college playing days, an amped-up Paul Wulff.

"He was pretty excited, and talked about all the things that are going to start happening there now," said Forde.

Forde becomes the sixth Washingtonian to have pledged crimson and the 20th known verbal commitment in the Cougars' 2010 class, joining OT Wade Jacobson, OT David Gonzales, RB Rickey Galvin, LB Eric Oertel, WR Marquess Wilson, WR Robert Jiles, CB Tracy Clark, WR Bobby Ratliff, DB Tyrone Duckett, ATH Deone Bucannon, TE Asante Cleveland, WR Blair Bomber, ATH Brandon Golden, QB Connor Halliday, TE Aaron Dunn, OL/DE Jake Rodgers, OT John Fullington, CB Matt Simmons and DB Damante Horton. Note: Also scheduled to arrive in January at Washington State, and to later take part in the Cougs' 15-practice spring session, are DE Brandon Rankin and DT Quayshawne Buckley.

THE COUGS GET an athletic lineman with great feet in Forde. He was a first team all-King-Co 4A pick last month following the '09 campaign -- on both offense and defense for his work on both lines. He was also named to the Seattle Times 2009 All-State team earlier this week and previously, to the Tacoma News Tribune 2009 All-State football team. His athleticism is not only evident on the gridiron, but also on the basketball court.

Last season when Woodinville met Skyline, he shut down a swift, uber-athletic guard, (and class of 2011 recruit), by the name of Kasen Williams according to an article published in USA Today.

FORDE ALSO SAID tonight that his sense of the Cougars being a program on the rise, ready to turn the corner in 2010 was one of the key considerations.

"I've kinda been thinking it over for awhile and today, it just felt right. With the guys there right now, with that core group of guys there, I'm really excited about what's going on at Washington State," said Forde.

Maxx Forde profile

  • Forde is a three sport prep standout, an ever-increasing rarity in this age of high school specialization. At Woodinville, Forde stars in football, basketball and track. In addition to being named to the Times' All-State team, in three games so far this season on the hardcourt, Forde is averaging 11.3 ppg. At the state championships last year in track and field, he placed 14th in the shot-put (49'-6") as a junior.

  • Father Brian Forde was a star linebacker for the Cougars from 1985-87 and later played a number of years in the NFL and CFL. He still holds the WSU record for most tackles in a game (28) and is No. 3 on the all-time career takedowns list, with 436 tackles.

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