BREAKING: Star Spokane RB goes early crimson

CHRISTMAS CAME A day early for Paul Wulff and Washington State. Expected to be rated one of the Evergreen State's top prospects for the 2011 class, he rushed for 2,011 yards this past season as a junior, capturing first team All-State honors across the board. And today, the Gonzaga Prep junior went crimson, becoming the first known verbal commitment for Wulff in the Cougars' 2011 class.

Gonzaga Prep star running back Bishop Sankey is a Cougar.

"I just committed to Washington State about half an hour ago," Sankey told CF.C.

Sankey was enjoying the holidays with his family but did take the time to say his decision was triggered by the feeling that something special is brewing at Washington State under Wulff.

"Every time I go down there I just get a really good feeling about the coaching staff, and about the school as a whole," said Sankey. "I just get that really good vibe -- every time I go down there."

SCOUT.COM NORTHWEST Recruiting Analyst Chris Fetters said Sankey will be the Evergreen State's top rated running back in the 2011 class.

"It's great news for Washington state," said Fetters. "Based on what I saw this past fall when Sankey and Gonzaga Prep played Ferris, the one thing he doesn't have is that top end speed but he's a very tough, durable back and I think that really bodes well for him in college.

"He's a very instinctual runner, durable and productive, and he gets low to the ground."

Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager, said Sankey is one of the top running backs the West over for 2011.

"Bishop is a guy we've been aware of since his freshman year, when his freshman highlights first made their way across my desk. Each year, he's gotten bigger, faster and stronger, and his explosiveness are what separates him from most players in the West. He's a member of the Scout 300 Watch List and is one of the top backs in the West for 2011."

IT TOOK ONLY five games this past season for Sankey to race past the 1,000-yard mark.

He finished with 2,011 yards and 17 TDs on 203 carries including playoffs.

Sankey following his junior campaign was named first team All-GSL and also captured first team All-State honors from the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune and the Associated Press.

The Times and TNT all-state teams are all-classifications, the AP honor was class 4A all-state.

His sophomore season, he averaged 10.62 ypc, with 562 ground yards and seven scores. Prior to that, as a freshman living in Ohio, he piled up 1,800 yards.

  • Sankey took home the MVP Award for running backs at the 2008 WSU summer camp.

  • Bishop's father, Christopher Sankey, is originally from the Akron-Cleveland area in Ohio. With the Air Force, Christopher has been stationed at places from Alabama to Iraq but they've been in Spokane at Fairchild AFB for about two years. "I love it. I think Spokane is a hidden secret," he told CF.C this past spring.

  • Fetters, in an article earlier this fall, said of Sankey; "physically he is starting to resemble bigger single-backs like Jonathan Stewart, J.R. Hasty and Larry Dixon. He's tough, doesn't shy away from contact, and shows a good football I.Q."

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