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.