BREAKING NEWS: Cougs land speed in the trenches

<b>WASHINGTON STATE went into the 2005 recruiting wars with "speed" high atop it's list of attributes for this class. Consider that plan well executed -- even in the trenches. Cougfan.com has learned that WSU has landed another verbal, this time from a blazing fast defensive tackle. CF.C talks to the newest member of the Cougar family.

"I just committed to Washington State today," defensive tackle Joseph Townsend told Cougfan.com on Sunday evening.

Washington State beat out San Jose State, Arizona and Washington for the services of the San Jose native.

Like Fevaea'i Ahmu before him, Townsend is a fast defensive tackle -- having clocked a 4.9 in the 40. And like Ahmu, a key factor for Townsend in going crimson was defensive line coach Mike Walker.

"He knows the position -- he played in the CFL for a lot of years," said Townsend of his new coach. "He's a great guy, I'm going to love to play for him."

Townsend, up on an official visit to Pullman this weekend, let all the coaches know this morning that he wanted to be a Coug. The coaches leapt to their feet and gave the 6-4, 265-pound Townsend a few bear hugs and words of welcome.

"I told them all at breakfast today," laughed Townsend, recounting the scene. "They all gave their congratulations and welcomed me to the family."

Townsend said he's matched their enthusiasm. He went into the visit looking to see what the team chemistry was like and knew right away he had found a home.

"Oh, I can't even stop talking about it," said Townsend of his verbal commitment to play ball at Washington State. "I'm so excited right now."

Defensive end Jason Roberts was Townsend's player host, showing him around the campus and town.

"It was the perfect college town," said Townsend. "And one thing that really drew me in is that everybody is interested in the school. On game day, everything shuts down -- its all about game day. And the campus was just beautiful."

FOR VALLEY CHRISTIAN this year, Townsend was the spark plug that got the defense going -- an intense player out on the gridiron, going full tilt from whistle to whistle. He was named all-league on both sides of the ball for his efforts.

"I leave it all on the field," said Townsend.

The wrecking ball has been an integral part of Valley Christian's recent success. The Warriors have won the Central Coast Section Open Division championship three years running.

"I'm a player who likes to get down in the dirt and slug it out," said Townsend. "I like to beat the offensive lineman and I like to try and energize the team with sacks, tackles and by making the big plays on defense."

Townsend becomes the 19th member of the Cougs' 2005 class. The numbers can remain in flux all the way up to Signing Day but as it stands now, Washington State is likely to take 21-23 players on Signing Day, not counting any potential grayshirts.


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