Prepsters head to WSU for Ph.D in football

PAUL WULFF AND the Washington State staff will play host to prospects present and future beginning on Sunday -- from the West over and from as far away as Florida. An estimated 500-plus are expected to converge on Pullman for four full-contact camp days featuring intensive, individual instruction by the WSU coaches. Might there also be some verbal commitments coming out of the group?

Predicting the future in recruiting is difficult indeed but if past is prologue, the Cougs are likely to receive an oral pledge(s) in the days and weeks immediately following their summer youth camp, running from June 20-23.

  • A Florida contingent of at least three, and possibly more, will be out on the Palouse this June -- Olympia High teammates WR Henry Eaddy, , LB Darryl Monroe and WR Isiah Myers are all expected in Pullman in the coming days from Orlando.

  • Quarterbacks from California and elsewhere are also expected to attend the camp, and June-July is normally about when Washington State gets their quarterback recruiting class verbal.

  • High school teams coming to WSU en masse for their team camp include Eastside Catholic, Issaquah, Vashon, Emerald Ridge, North Mason, Davis among others.

    VIDEO TAPE IS a valuable tool for college coaches, but there is no substitute for the hands-on coaching of a player, and seeing him crack pads live, when it comes to evaluation.

    And unlike other single day or elite skills camps offered by other schools, Washington State's four-day camp is full pads, full contact. "Our coaches are the ones running this camp, from top to bottom," said WSU recruiting coordinator Rich Rasmussen. "We all love teaching, every member on this staff. We're not strolling around and just taking it in -- we're in there running the drills and teaching the fundamentals. It's one-on-one, and it's building relationships.

    "We'll be working with every single kid as a staff, and we're going to coach every kid up."

    NOTABLES OVER THE years who have attended WSU's camp and then went on to suit up in crimson include Marcus Trufant, Erik Coleman, Brandon Gibson, Mkristo Bruce, Rien Long, Will Derting and Kenny Alfred. This year will mark the 33rd summer youth camp at Washington State.

    "Every single football player who comes to our camp, we want him to come away amazed at having had such a great learning experience at Washington State. It doesn't matter if it's a freshman or senior-to-be, we're going to coach them up and they're going to be better football players because of it," said Rasmussen.

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