Wasiela looking to fly like an Eagle?

Konrad Wasiela is a 5-9.5, 175-pound receiver/defensive back from Vancouver (BC) Vancouver College Prep and Konrad is considered hands-down the best man-defender in British Columbia. Konrad took his game down to the northwest with teammate Jon Conlin and earned praise from college coaches at the Eastern Washington team football camp. Will Wasiela's performance translate into a scholarship offer from the Eagles?

"My coach (Todd Bernett) got a strong feeling from the Eastern Washington coaches that something might happen," Wasiela told Dawgman.com. "Utah and Eastern (Washington) seem the most interested."

Coach Bernett attended Eastern Washington University were he was All Big Sky Conference in 1993 and 1994 and was named a Sporting News' National Player of the Week in 1994 as a quarterback for the Eagles. So when Bernett gets a hunch about his alma mater, consider it legit.

For his part, Konrad has been very active this summer getting his name out to schools in the states. "It started off with a big bang," he said. "I went to the Oregon NIKE camp. I had not as good a performance as I would have liked, but I had a couple of personal bests in some of the events and had a great one-on-one workout with some of the receivers there. Then I had a little bit of a break and then went to the Eastern Washington camp. I guess I excelled there. I played against some really good guys, like Anthony Russo and Akeem Anthony. I got the defensive back MVP there. After Eastern, I went to Toronto for the Ron Diaz camp. He said I had a really good camp and a couple of coaches up here are looking at me and Central Florida was too. It was a good experience."

For comparison, here are the stats from both camps. At the NW NIKE camp, his 40 was 4.81 ('I slipped'), shuttle was 4.34, vertical jump was 31.6 inches and repped 185 pounds 6 times. At the Diaz camp, he ran a 4.6 40, 4.2 shuttle, and jumped 9'-9" in the broad jump. "The only thing I didn't like about Oregon is that there are so many guys there you sometimes would feel like you were rushed," he said. "That's the only thing I would change. Other than that it was awesome. The competition was unbelievable, and the one-on-ones were top-notch."

Konrad started both ways last year, and along with Conlin were the only VC juniors to earn that particular distinction. He returned two punts for touchdowns and had four touchdowns on offense on only 6 receptions, including two 65-yard touchdown catches against Sultan last year.

Recruiting attention appears to be coming mostly from EWU and Utah, and the Huskies are also in the mix. "I've received 12 letters from Washington, mostly general stuff," Konrad said. "And a coach from Utah came to see Jon (Conlin) and myself at school. I've talked to them twice. Schools like Rutgers, Eastern Michigan, Lehigh and now Eastern Washington."

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