WesCo standout will be preferred WSU walk-on

HE ALREADY FELT PRETTY good about Washington State headed into this past weekend. The Cougs don't have a scholie open for the 6-4, 230-pounder right now but he liked the idea of being a preferred walk-on at Wazzu. The official trip to the Palouse clinched it, and he'll officially join the Cougars later this summer.

"Everything went really well," said Stanwood's Zack Johnson following his official to Wazzu. "I really liked it over there because it's a community-based atmosphere. And all the coaches were really great.

"I'm about 100 percent sure now that I'm going to go to WSU."

OFFICIAL STATISTICS ON his senior campaign were unavailable but Johnson (6-4, 230, 4.8) earned first team WesCo North honors at linebacker this past season, repeating the first team defensive nod he earned as a junior.

But he'll come to Washington State as one of those defensive end/tight end types Paul Wulff likes.

"We just kinda talked about things I have to work on, things they like about the way I play," said Johnson. "We didn't as a team really keep stats this year.

JOHNSON IS CURRENTLY starring on the hardcourt for Stanwood, the forward having earned first team honors as a junior, and Stanwood is the favorite to take WesCo North crown this season.

Down in the post, he's averaging 17.5 ppg. As a junior, he averaged 12 ppg and 7.5 rpg.

Later this year he'll compete in a third sport.

"This year I'm also going to do track, likely competing in the discus and (various) sprints," said Johnson.

NOTABLE NOTE: The Cougs have offered one of Johnson's teammates at Stanwood, 2011 offensive line prospect Dexter Charles.

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