Sankey hits it off with new WSU RBs coach

SPOKANE'S BISHOP SANKEY has been to Washington State plenty of times before. The future Cougar, Gonzaga Prep standout and 4-star-rated running back prospect had not, however, met his future position coach at Wazzu face-to-face. That changed this weekend.

Sankey (5-11, 190, 4.46) said he got a good feel for Dave Ungerer on Saturday, the Cougars' new special teams coach who replaced Steve Broussard and who will also will be the assistant in charge of the running backs.

"I liked him. I got a good feeling from him and I was comfortable around him. The thing I liked too was that he's from back East and I'm from Ohio. My dad talked to him a lot, too, and he said he liked him," said Sankey.

Sankey said Saturday began with meetings, followed by a tour of the facilities and campus. They watched the Cougs beat USC on the hardcourt and then capped off the day with a dinner. There were an estimated 60-plus recruits in attendance.

"It was fun, I enjoyed it. There was way more people there than last year so instead of dividing it up into positions, it was by offense and defense," said Sankey.

SANKEY SAID the hoops game was a highlight, in large part because he felt comfortable sitting with and mixing in among the Cougar students. Despite the large number of recruits on hand, he said he also spent a good amount of time with the WSU coaches.

"I talked to Paul Wulff, Todd Sturdy, Chris Ball and the new running backs coach (Ungerer) and Rich Rasmussen the recruiting coordinator throughout the day," said Sankey. "They all told me to keep up the good work and invited me to come down every few weeks because it's really not that far from where I live.

"They'd like to see me come down more so we can continue to build a relationship with them."

With track coming up soon at Gonzaga Prep, is that something Sankey will be able to do?

"Definitely. This spring, every few weeks or once a month, I'll be going down," he said.

SANKEY VERBALLY COMMITTED to the Cougars the day before Christmas but that didn't stop Minnesota from offering this month.

"I was honored. Whenever a college offers you a full ride, it's a pretty good thing...but as of right now, I'm still committed to WSU," said Sankey.

"As of right now" and "still"? Is there a situation Sankey could envision where that could potentially change?

"No, not really. There's a very slim chance that could change, like if Paul Wulff for some reason wouldn't be coaching when I'm there, if there were to be a coaching staff change or something like that. I really like coach Wulff. I actually met him before he was at WSU, when he was at Eastern, I think I first met him when I was in the 8th grade," said Sankey.

SANKEY IS RANKED the No. 20 running back prospect in the nation and 4-stars by He is the top rated running back from the state of Washington in the 2011 class. In early March he'll be in Las Vegas representing the state of Washington in Scout's 7-on-7 passing tournament.

As a junior, he tore up the GSL to the tune of 2,011 rushing yards capturing 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. He was also named first team All-GSL.

In track and field this year, Sankey will run the 100-meters, 4x100-m, 4x400-m and may also long jump. His personal best in the 100-m is a 10.9. He said his goal this year is to get that down to a 10.7 or below.

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