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Release: 02/02/2000
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March 2, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. - - - A pair of high school seniors and one junior college transfer have been added to Washington State University's upcoming recruiting class, head coach Mike Price said today.

Price has received national letters of intent from high schoolers LaVell Anderson, San Diego, Calif., and Karl Paymah, Culver City, Calif., and Hartnell College transfer Tyrone Ward, Salinas, Calif. Ward and Paymah are both defensive backs, Anderson a running back.

"These three letters of intent are certainly worth waiting for," Price said. "Each player had extenuating circumstances as to why it took this long to receive their signed letters. We have been recruiting Karl Paymah since last fall. He did his visit in December and has been one of our top recruits. I expect both Paymah and Anderson to also participate in track, since both are outstanding sprinters.

Ward, who prepped at Alisal High in Salinas, was an All-Coast Conference pick last fall and was named his team's outstanding defensive back after making 37 tackles and picking off two passes. Paymah, also an outstanding running back, was an All-Bay League first team pick on defense and his team's outstanding offensive player. Anderson rushed for 1,830 yards and scored 30 touchdowns as a senior at Eastlake High in San Diego. As a junior he recorded best times of 10.7 seconds for the 100m and 22.5 for the 200m.

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Feb. 2, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University announced the signing of 22 football recruits to national letters of intent Wednesday, including six junior college transfers and 16 high school seniors.

WSU's recruits include four defensive backs and four linemen, all out of the high school ranks, along with one wide receiver, two running backs, three linebackers, one tight end and one quarterback. The six transfers include three running backs, two receivers and one linebacker.

The Cougar recruiting class includes five high school players from Washington, eight from California, two from Colorado and one from Alberta. All six transfers are from California junior colleges.

In addition, seven players enrolled at WSU in January, four from the junior college ranks and three incoming freshmen. All seven will participate in spring drills. The three high school enrollees will be considered first year freshmen in the fall, which adds to the depth of the 16 incoming freshman who step foot on campus next fall.

Cougar head coach Mike Price said WSU may sign an additional two or three players within the next few days.

WSU's newest recruiting class includes three junior college All-Americans, punter Alan Cox, who is already in school, and running back Dave Minnich out of Mt. San Jacinto JC, plus Nakoa McElrath, a transfer from Palomar College. Cox averaged 43.4 and 43.7 yards in two years at Snow College, while Minnich rushed for 2,679 yards and scored 35 touchdowns in two seasons. He averaged 134 yards and 7.4 yards per carry in his jaycee career. McElrath was picked to the JC Gridwire's All-America second team after catching 56 passes for 1,128 yards and 12 touchdowns last fall. Cox received his All-America honors from the NJCAA and Minnich was honored by the California JC Association.

A pair of recruiting magazines, Prep Star and Super Prep, singled out seven incoming freshman as among the best in the west region, running back Chris Bruhn, defensive tackle Norvell Holmes, defensive backs Ronald Nunn, Hamza Abduallah, Jason David and Erik Coleman, and offensive lineman Calvin Armstrong. In addition, Super Prep picked linebacker Lacy McDonald to their All-Midlands team. His linebacker teammate Brian DeMaestri also signed with WSU.

The following are comments from Price:

"I don't know about this recruiting class in terms of their ranking, but I know we have some guys who are going to help us win football games next year. We are going to be a better football team, a much better team, because of the people we recruited. That was a concern for me. We need to win, we need to go to a bowl game. I'm putting pressure on me, we need to win and we need to go to a bowl game."

"I think it is a good, solid class. It may not be quite as high profile as last year's class. I think it will be an above average class. We took more running backs than you might think. Running backs can help you in special teams and other areas and a couple of these players also have a redshirt season available."

"This is a speed class. I think it probably is the fastest class we have ever recruited. Speed was a priority, as were defensive backs. I think speed wasn't one of our better things last year."

"The seven we signed in January (enrolled last month), particularly the tight end and punter. Those two are going to play right away. The guys we held back , Acholonu, Lightbody and Tupai, wow. I am really impressed with those kids. Tupai may not redshirt next year. He looks great. The other two also have a chance."

"Lacy McDonald is very much like Chris Hayes and Steve Gleason. He can run. One of the best things he does is rush the passer."

"I am very pleased with Norvell Holmes. I liked his speed, quickness and size. He played both ways, so he got a lot of exercise. I love Steve Cook's attitude and character, his work habit and his aggressiveness. He reminds me of Chad Eaton (now with New England). Why he wasn't recruited by a lot of Pac-10 schools is our gain and their loss."

"Minnich might be a catalyst in this program because of his maturity (Minnich spent four years in the Marines). He will not go down. He is just what you think and ex-Marine would be."

"I think we got some real toughness with guys like Minnich. We need tough kids in our program. Nguae is another tough kid. When its fourth and one, he's going to be in there."

"I was pleased with the kids we got out of Spokane. Coleman was an all-everything player there. He is a wonderful all-around player. He is a true Cougar who committed to us early. Buchanan has potential written all over him. Obviously in track he can walk out there and compete with anyone we have. In football, with Levenseller's coaching, he has the chance to be great."

"Ena's cousin played with us in the 1970's. They have the same name. He is an outstanding athlete and with our quarterback situation the way it is, he is going to have time to develop. He is really smart."

"Abduallah is a big safety, like Duane Stewart. We are a run support team with our safeties and he is a hitting fool."

"Aaron Wagner is a very talented athlete. He reminds me of our Brad Philley. His sister is married to one of the Idaho basketball players and he came by our school. We knew about him and we were very receptive to him and I think that impressed him a little. He is going to be a big guy."

"We are into the big receivers, although Buchannan isn't very big. But boy can he run. Derrick Dillon, Nakoa McElrath, Billy Chase, they are all big receivers. We might have to get a little foot stool for our receiver coach Mike Levenseller."

"Mark Ahlberg is a great athlete, a basketball and baseball player in addition to football. He is also a great student. He has tremendous hands. He also is a punter. I think he is a real sleeper."

"One of those corners is going to play right away for us. I don't see as many playing as last year (five). But don't forget the three who enrolled in January. They could play, along with a couple from next fall's freshmen class."

"While we didn't actively recruit offensive linemen, Calvin Armstrong is a center and a great athlete. You cannot pass on a player like him. He has been in our camp for two or three years so we wanted to offer him after his junior year. He is a great kid with great loyalty."

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JUNIOR COLLEGE TRANSFERS - JANUARY, 2000

BALDWIN, Mark - TE, 6-5, 240, JR, Brandon, Miss. (Brandon/Hinds)
COX, Alan - P, 6-2, 194, JR, Manti, Utah (Manti/Snow JC)
DILLON, Derek - WR, 6-2, 193, SO, Puyallup, Wash. (Rogers/Snow JC/Oakland JC)
WEAVER, DeShon - LB, 5-11, 233, JR, Compton, Calif. (Dominquez/Compton College)

HIGH SCHOOL ENROLLEES - JANUARY, 2000

ACHOLONU, DD - LB, 6-3, 230, FR, Seattle, Wash. (Inglemoor)
LIGHTBODY, Sam - OL, 6-9, 300, FR, Huntington Beach, Calif. (Huntington Beach)
TUPAI, Faafetai - DL, 6-4, 300, FR, Monterey, Calif. (Monterey)

JUNIOR COLLEGE TRANSFERS - AUGUST, 2000

CHASE, Billy - WR, 6-4, 210, JR, Compton, Calif. (Compton/Compton JC)
LINSCOMB, Eddie - RB, 6-0,185, JR, ?, Calif. (Charter Oak/Mt. San Antonio JC)
McELRATH - WR, 6-3, 185, JR, LaJolla, Calif. (Scripps Ranch/Palomar JC)
MINNICH, Dave - RB, 6-0, 210, JR, Stonington, Conn. (Stonington/Mt. San Jacinto JC)
NGUAE, Alex - LB, 6-0, 250, JR, (Culver City/West Los Angeles JC)
TIPPINS, John - RB, 6-1, 200, JR, Santa Monica, Calif. (SM/Santa Monica JC)
WARD, Tyrone - DB, 6-1, 165, JR, Salinas, Calif. (Alisal/Hartnell JC)

HIGH SCHOOL ENROLLEES - AUGUST, 2000

ABDUALLAH, Hamza - Saf, 6-3, 200, FR, Pomona, Calif. (Pomona)
AHLBERG, Mark - TE, 6-6, 250, FR, Fullerton, Calif. (Troy)
ANDERSON, Lavell - RB, 5-9, 170, FR, San Diego, Calif. (Eastlake)
ARMSTRONG, Calvin - OL, 6-7, 300, FR, Centralia, Wash. (Centralia)
BRUHN, Chris - RB, 6-3, 205, FR, Woodland, Calif. (Woodland)
BUCHANAN, Anthony - WR, 5-9, 165, FR, Spokane, Wash. (University)
COLEMAN, Erik - DB, 5-11, 175, FR, Spokane, Wash. (Lewis and Clark)
COOK, Steve - DT, 6-4, 280, FR, Kirkland, Wash. (Juanita)
DAVID, Jason - CB, 5-9, 170, FR, Covina, Calif. (Charter Oak)
DeMAESTRI, Brian - LB, 6-2, 215, FR, Denver, Col. (Thomas Jefferson)
ENA, Tali - QB, 6-4, 210, FR, Prosser, Wash. (Prosser)
HOLMES, Norvell - DT, 6-3, 285, FR, Bellflower, Calif. (St. John Bosco)
JOHNSON, Damon - RB, 6-2, 210, FR, Los Alamitos, Calif. (Los Alamitos)
McDONALD, Lacy - LB, 6-1, 205, FR, Denver, Col. (Thomas Jefferson)
MITCHELL, Lance - LB, 6-3, 225, FR, Los Banos, Calif. (Los Banos)
NUNN, Ronald - DB, 5-11, 170, FR, Mountain View, Calif. (St. Francis)
PAYMAH, Karl - DB, 6-0, 190, FR, Culver City, Calif. (Culver City)
WAGNER, Aaron - LB, 6-2, 215, FR, Lethbridge, Alberta (Lethbridge Collegiate)

The following players enrolled at WSU in January, 2000, and will participate in spring drills.

ACHOLONU, D.D. - LB, 6-3, 230, FR, SEATTLE, WASH.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Inglemoor High, graduating in June, 1999...lettered in three sports, football, basketball and track...coached by Frank Naish in football, earning three varsity letters...as a JUNIOR named to the All-King County (KingCo) League team and the Seattle Times' All-Area teams on defense...team finished 7-2 and won the league title, then lost in the first round of the playoffs...during SENIOR year again named to the all-league team...recorded a school record 17 sacks...team 5-4...during track season qualified for four events at the State meet, 100m, 400m relay, 1600m relay and triple jump...pulled a hamstring in the 100m prelims and limped through the rest of the competition at less than 100 percent...did not play basketball, concentrating on the track season.
WSU: Enrolled in January, 2000, and will participate in spring football drills.
PERSONAL: Dillibe (D.D.) Acholonu (Auh-cha-law-no)...parents Maria and Oliver (deceased) Acholonu.

BALDWIN, MARK - TE, 6-5, 240, JR, BRANDON, MISS.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Brandon High, graduating in 1998...played two years of football for coach Dan Davis...three varsity letters in soccer as a goalie and a center on the Bulldog's basketball team...missed SOPHOMORE year with a knee injury...as a JUNIOR played and started four football games...missed the first four games with mono and last four with another knee injury...soccer team lost 1-0 in the State title game to Clinton...SENIOR year caught 11 passes for 109 yards and one touchdown...defensively made 87 tackles, 58 solo and 29 assisted...blocked seven passes, recorded five sacks and recovered two fumbles...picked to the All-Metro team and to the Region 3-5A (State's largest classification) team...team finished 7-4 and lost in the first round of the State playoffs.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Spent two years playing football at Hinds Junior College in Raymond, Miss...coached by Gene Murphy...during FRESHMAN season caught one pass, a 64 yard touchdown reception...as a SOPHOMORE (1999-2000) the Eagles finished second in the state, losing 33-21 in the junior college title game to Northwest CC...caught six passes for 96 yards and no touchdowns...named to the JC Gridwire pre-season second team AA squad and was a Prep Star Magazine All-American...Hinds competes in the MAC Junior College conference...the school has produced 24 NFL draft picks, including Marcus Springs and Leon Lett.
WSU: Enrolled in January, 2000, and will participate in spring football drills.
PERSONAL: Mark Baldwin...born 3-24-80...parents James and Monica Baldwin...father a special agent for U.S. Customs...two brothers, Jeff and Chris...one sister Jannette, who played soccer at Liberty University...enjoys golfing and anything athletic and competitive...finished junior college with a 3.5 GPA...active in FCA...listed in Who's Who Among American Junior Colleges...working on a communication degree.

COX, ALAN, PUNTER - 6-2, 194, JR, MANTI, UTAH

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Manti High, graduating in 1995...during FRESHMAN year backup quarterback and a member of the varsity basketball and baseball teams...tabbed to the All-State team as a pitcher and pitched in the State title game (lost 2-0 in the ninth)...as a SOPHOMORE started for all three teams and again was an All-State pitcher...during JUNIOR year named to the All-Region first team and All-State second team as a quarterback...also the team's punter...as a SENIOR (1994-95) earned All-State honors in football, basketball and baseball...starting quarterback and free safety and handled punting and kicking chores...led the team to its best finish in school history after reaching the State semi-finals...threw for over 2,000 yards and gained over 3,500 yards in total offense...on defense averaged 12 tackles and had six interceptions...averaged 44.5 yards punting and set a State record with a 53-yard field goal...during basketball season averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds as team reached the State quarterfinals...also competed in track, where he was a member of the State qualifying 400 meter relay team that placed fourth...baseball team reached the State quarterfinals as he was named to the All-State team for the fourth time.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Spent two years at Snow College as a member of the Badger baseball and football teams...as a FRESHMAN (1998-99) named to the All-Western State Football League first team as a punter, averaging 43.4 yards on 46 punts...a starter on the baseball team, finishing 8-6 after an 0-4 start coming off the football campaign...as a SOPHOMORE (1999-2000) earned junior college All-America honors after averaging 43.7 yards on 38 punts, with a long of 69 yards...repeat first team pick on the All-WSFL team...NJCAA first team All-America pick and honorable mention choice by JC Gridwire.
WSU: Enrolled in January, 2000, and will participate in spring football drills.
PERSONAL: Alan Cox...born 9-7-76 at Gunnison, Utah...parents Douglas and Joyce Cox...two brothers, Gary and Mike, and four sisters, Cynthia, Annette, Leslie, and Suzzan...all but Cynthia competed in intercollegiate athletics at Snow College...served a two-year mission in the New Jersey area after graduating from high school...married to Jennie Dyreng Dec. 18, 1999...working on a degree at WSU in business administration and communication.

DILLON, DERRICK - WR, 6-2, 193, SO, PUYALLUP, WASH

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Rogers High ('98), where he was coached by Steve Gervais...earned three varsity letters each in football and basketball and one in track...during JUNIOR season named to the All-SPSL first team as a defensive back and to the second team as a receiver...league's defensive back of the year...named to the all-area team by the Tacoma News Tribune...SENIOR year named to the All-South Puget Sound League first team as a receiver and to the second team as a defensive back...all-area pick by the TNT and a second team Associated Press All-State selection, all as a receiver...also selected as a Northwest Nugget and Western 100 by the TNT and received All-West recognition by Prep Star...caught 52 passes, including eight for touchdowns...received three votes in the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West poll...All-State second team selection by Newberry's Prep Report.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Snow Junior College as a freshman (1998-99)...started the first game and suffered a separated shoulder, which limited his playing time for the season...ended the year with six catches...transferred to Oakland Community College in Waterford Mich., where he concentrated on his academics, rather than playing football...graduated with a AA degree in December.
WSU: Enrolled in January, 2000, and will participate in spring football drills.
PERSONAL: Derrick Dillon...born 10-19-78 (21) in Tacoma...parents Wallace and Perceal Dillon...two brothers, Ron and Blandon...enjoys playing video games...working on a double major in criminal justice and psychology.

LIGHTBODY, Sam - OL, 6-9, 300, FR, Huntington Beach, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Huntington Beach High, where he was coached by Tony Ciarelli...earned three varsity letters each in football and track (shot, discus)...captained football team senior year...during SOPHOMORE year won league shot put title for freshmen/sophomores...as a JUNIOR named most improved football player...MVP of track team and won league and district titles in the shot and discus...best marks 56-1 and 174-10...second in both events at the CIF championships...SENIOR year Super Prep Magazine named him to their All-Far West team (100)...earned All-Sunset League and All-CIF first team honors.
WSU: Enrolled in January, 2000, and will participate in spring practice.
PERSONAL: Samual Lightbody...born 4-22-81 at Manila, Philippines...parents Kathleen and Art Lightbody...two brothers, Jake and Titus...interested in a fine arts major.

TUPAI, Faafetai - DL, 6-4, 300, Pullman, Wash.

HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Ted Robinson at Monterey (Calif.) High, where he earned three varsity letters...a standout two-way player earning honors as both an offensive and defensive lineman...as a SOPHOMORE finished second at the Monterey Bay League wrestling tourney...football team's most improved player...during JUNIOR season named the league's best defensive player and named to the All-MBL team on both offense and defense...also All-Monterey County and an All-State pick...SENIOR year received seven votes in the Long Beach P-T's Best in the West voting...also a Western 100 pick (number 10 OL) by the Tacoma News Tribune...one the National Recruiting Center's National 100 pick (84) and named to Super Prep Magazine's All-American team (number 17 DL) and to their All-Far West team (25)...ESPN Top 100 All-America pick...team finished 11-2 and won Div. III sectional title...named MBL's lineman of the year and picked to both the offensive and defensive teams...one team's Golden Helmet Award...had 15 sacks, eight TFL, caused six fumbles and recovered three fumbles...also had four pass deflections.
WSU: Enrolled in January, 2000, and will participate in spring practice.
PERSONAL: Faafetai Tupai (Fah-AH-fah-tie TWO-pie-ee)...born 5-24-81 at Seattle, Wash...parents Tina and Seaula Tupai, now live in Pullman...father is a pastor...one sister Helen...two brothers, George and Junior...attended same school as former Cougar running back Shaumbe Wright-Fair...a member of the Key Club for two years and the Block "M" Club for one year.

WEAVER, DeShon - LB, 5-11, 233, Jr., Compton, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Two-sport star at Dominguez High, graduating June 1998...earned three varsity football letters as a defensive end and offensive lineman...coached by Willie Donerson as a sophomore and junior and by Donerson's son Keith as a senior...captain last two years...also two letters in track as a sprinter...SOPHOMORE season earned All-San Gabriel Valley League second team honors on defense...during JUNIOR year was an all-league second team pick on both defense and offense...team won the CIF championship...also an all-area pick...SENIOR season repeat pick to the second team on both offense and defense.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Compton College for two seasons...coached by Cornell Ward, earning two varsity letters...picked to the All-Western State Conference (Southern Division) honorable mention team as a linebacker...98 tackles and eight sacks, along with two interceptions...also forced five fumbles and recovered two fumbles...named to the all-conference academic team.
WSU: Enrolled in January, 2000, and will participate in spring practice.
PERSONAL: DeShon Lamar Weaver...born 1-24-80 at Lynwood, Wash...mother Lois Weaver a nurse...one sister, Johnika Kerl...played high school football with Cougar linebacker Melvin Simmons...enjoys reading African history books...participated in high school magnet program for leadership...working on a biology major.

The following junior college players signed with WSU and will enroll in August, 2000:

CHASE, Billy - WR, 6-4, 210, Jr., Compton, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended three high schools in four years...did not play football as a sophomore and junior while attending Carson High...senior year played a little at Gardena High as a 5-11 receiver...after football attended Compton high and competed in track.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Compton College for two years, where he was coached by Cornell Ward...SOPHOMORE year caught 39 passes for 542 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games...team's MVP on offense.
PERSONAL: William (Billy) Chase.

LINSCOMB - Eddie, RB, 5-9, 185, Jr., Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Charter Oak High, where he was coached by Lou Farrar...also competed in track...SENIOR year an All-Miramount League running back after rushing 203 times for 1,639 yards and 14 touchdowns...caught 16 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns...had 13 kickoff returns for 400 yards, including a pair of 90-yard TD returns...also completed his only pass attempt...during his career he rushed for 1,939 yards on 247 attempts, scored 19 touchdowns, caught 16 passes for 124 yards, returned 13 kickoffs 400 yards...during track career won league titles in the 100m, 200m and long jump and was a member of the 4x100m relay team that won a league title.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Mt. San Antonio Junior College, where he was coached by Bill Fisk...as a FRESHMAN, did not compete in football (redshirt), but was a member of Mt. SAC's State championship track team...during RS-FRESHMAN year gained over 900 yards and scored eight touchdowns while playing in the last six games of the season...team finished 7-3...during the spring was a member of the track team's 4x100m relay team that won the State title...track team captured a second State championship...RS-SOPHOMORE year was injured (knee, no surgery) after three games and missed the rest of the season...in those three games carried 60 times for 474 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 7.6 yards per carry...team finished 8-3 and won the Mission Conference title...twice named the conference's player of the week.
PERSONAL: Eddie Linscomb...prep teammate of Jason David, who also signed with WSU.

McELRATH, Nakoa - WR, 6-3, 195, Jr., LaJolla, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Scripps Ranch High, graduating in 1998...also played basketball...during JUNIOR year named to the All-Eastern League team as a defensive back...returned six kicks for touchdowns, three punts and three kickoffs...SENIOR yeara repeat all-conference pick on defnese...the Falcons were CIF runnerups in basketball and competed in the State playoffs...originally signed a football NLI with San Diego State, then opted to attend junior college.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played football for coach Mark Eldridge...as a SOPHOMORE led the Mission Conference with 56 receptions for 1,128 yards and 12 touchdowns...averaged 24.4 yards on 10 kickoff returns...ranked fourth in the state, averaging 112.8 yards per game...ranked 16th in all-purpose yards at 140.2...co-MVP on offense in the conference and was a JC Gridwire second team All-American...team finished 8-3 and ranked seventh in Southern California and eleventh in the state...all-conference southern division first team wide receiver.
PERSONAL: Nakoa McElrath (pronounced Ma-KELL-rath).

MINNICH, David - RB, 6-0, 210, JR, Stonington, Conn.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Stonington High, where he was coached by Bob Mitchell...graduated 1992...SENIOR year team was 9-2 and won State Class SS title, the only State football championship in school's history...an all-area pick for the second time by the New London Day...finished third in the Eastern Connecticut Conference in scoring with 18 touchdowns (13 rushing).
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Mt. San Jacinto Junior College for two years...during FRESHMAN year rushed for 1,103 yards on 160 carries in 10 regular season games...scored 17 touchdowns...ranked tenth in the state with a 6.9 yards per carry average and 17th in yards per game, 110.3...team was 9-2 and ranked 11th in the State and eighth in Southern California...as a SOPHOMORE named to the California JC All-America first team and to the All-State Region 3 first team...team won the Foothill Conference Title...the number three rusher in California with 1,576 yards on 203 carries...scored 18 rushing touchdowns and 19 overall to rank fourth in California with 114 points...had 1,792 all-purpose yards to rank fifth in the state...CAREER: averaged 134 yards per game and 7.4 yards per play, finishing with 2,679 rushing yards on 363 carries in 20 regular season games...scored 35 touchdowns.
PERSONAL: David (Dave) Minnich...spent four years in the Marine between high school and junior college...wife's name Kristen...two children, ages 5 and 3.

NGUAE, Alex, LB - 6-0, 250, Jr., Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Culver City High...SENIOR season named to the All-West Side and All-Ocean League teams as a linebacker...led the team with 91 tackles and seven sacks...offensively rushed for 871 yards and 11 touchdowns.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended West Los Angeles JC, where he was coached by Bob Hager.
PERSONAL: Alex Nguae (pronounced Now-way).

TIPPINS, John, - RB, 6-1, 200, Jr., Santa Monica, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Dan Escalera at Santa Monica High, where he earned four varsity letters in football...also lettered three times in basketball and three times in track...during JUNIOR season rushed over 700 yards and scored 13 touchdowns...all-league first team pick...caught 22 passes, including four TD receptions...team was 7-4, lost the league title game and then fell by one point in the first round of the playoffs...SENIOR year received all-league honors...rushed for 1,025 yards and 19 touchdowns...an all-regional first team pick.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Santa Monica JC, where he was coached by Robert Taylor...as a FRESHMAN in nine games had 628 yards on 110 carries and scored three touchdowns...SOPHOMORE season in 10 games rushed for 732 yards and scored five touchdowns...averaged 107.0 all-purpose yards, 732 rushing, 227 passing and 111 in KO returns...All-Western State Conference (Southern Division) second team running back.
PERSONAL: John Tippins.

WARD, Tyrone - DB, 6-1, 165, Jr., Salinas, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Alisal High, where he was coached by Dave Lara...earned four varsity letters in football and track and three in basketball...quarterback, defensive back and return specialist...competed in the springs and jumping events during track season...as a SENIOR led the team with six interceptions.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Coached by Gary Kollenborn for two years at Hartnell College...as a FRESHMAN made 32 tackles and three interceptions...SOPHOMORE season made 37 tackles, including 28 unassisted...picked off two passes, returning one for a 37-yard touchdown...deflected five passes and forced two fumbles...named team's outstanding defensive back and an All-Coast Conference second team pick...during career had 69 tackles (50 unassisted), four TFLs, 11 pass deflections and five interceptions...team captain for the 6-5 Panthers.
PERSONAL: Tyrone Ward.

The following high school players have signed with WSU and will enroll in August, 2000:

ABDUALLAH, Hamza - S, 6-3, 200, Fr., Pomona, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Pomona High...coached by John Caparra, earning two varsity letters as a safety...also competed in track in the high jump...SENIOR season an all-league picked with 115 tackles...forced nine fumbles and had three interceptions...also named to the All-Inland Valley team and was team's defensive back MVP.
PERSONAL: Hamza Abduallah...parents Yusuf and Sa'eeda Johnwell...seven brothers, Abbas, Hussain, Shayroh, Esa, Salih, Mustafa and Musa, and three sisters, Hajirah, Aliyyah andAisha.

AHLBERG, Mark - TE, 6-6, 250, Fr., Fullerton, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by John Tureck, earning three varsity football letters as a tight end and punter...team co-captain senior year...lettered two times each in basketball and baseball...JUNIOR year earned all-league honors in both football and basketball...as a SENIOR first team tight end for Freeway League, All-Orange County and All-CIF teams...team's most valuable offensive player...set school record at 42.8 yards per punt...long of 67 yards...caught 38 passes for 552 yards four touchdowns...twice named player of the week.
PERSONAL: Mark Andrew Ahlberg...born 2-10-82...parents Dan and Becky Ahlberg...two brothers, Jeff and Eric...interested in a sports medicine major.

ANDERSON, LaVell - RB, 5-9, 170, Fr., San Diego, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Eugene Alim at Eastlake High., earning two varsity letters in football...also lettered three times in track as a sprinter...JUNIOR year rushed for 960 yards on 118 carries and scored eight touchdowns...also had 320 in receiving yareds...track bests included 100m/10.7 and 200m/22.5...as a SENIOR rushed for 1,830 yards on 188 carries...scored 30 touchdowns.
PERSONAL: LaVell Anderson...born 1-11-82...parents Flynn and Rose Anderson...two brothers, Flynn Jr. and Dashawn...interested in a broadcast communications major at WSU.

ARMSTRONG, Calvin - OL, 6-7, 300, Fr., Centralia, Wash.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Centralia High, where he was coached by John Schultz...earned three varsity letters each in football and basketball...line coach David Pritchard, a 1981 letterwinner for WSU...during JUNIOR year was an All-Rivers League pick as a defensive lineman and also named to the All-Lewis County team by the Centralia Chronicle...all-league second team in basketball...as a SENIOR received All-West Region honors by Student Sport...All-Pacific 9 defensive lineman...team MVP winner...Daily Olympian first team all-area pick and a NW Nugget by the Tacoma News Tribune...Associated Press All-State first team pick on both offense and defense...a Seattle Times Red Chip pick and an All-Far West pick by Prep Star Magazine...honorable mention Fab 15 selection by the Orange County Register...selected to play in the State East-West Shrine Game.
PERSONAL: Calvin Armstrong...born 3-31-82...parents Daniel and Cindy Armstrong...one brother Curtis...hobbies include motorcycles...wants to major in a medical field.

BRUHN, Chris, RB - 6-3, 205, Fr., Woodland, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Woodland High, where he was coached by Mike Gimenez...earned two varsity letters for the Wolves in both football and track...JUNIOR year had 220 rushing attempts for 1,823 yards and 20 touchdowns...named to the All-Delta League team...as a SENIOR rushed for 1,866 yards despite missing significant action because of a hip pointer...had 186 carries and scored 23 touchdowns...named the league's MVP and also received All-Metro and all-area honors...owns every school rushing record for a game, season and career...an All-Far West pick by both Super Prep Magazine and Prep Star Magazine...Tacoma News Tribune All-Western 100 pick and an honorable mention Fab 15 by the Orange Country Register.
PERSONAL: Chris Bruhn...mother Kim Bruhn...one brother Tyler...enjoys music and playing video games...at Stanford summer football camp ran a 4.50 and had a 37-inch vertical jump...interested in a criminal justice major at WSU.

BUCHANAN, Anthony - WR, 5-9, 165, Fr., Spokane, Wash.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended University High, where he was a standout wide receiver for coach Mike Ganey, earning two varsity letters...also one of the top junior sprinters in the nation...as a SOPHOMORE won the State 100m title at 10.75...track team won State title...JUNIOR year team won a second State track title as he finished second in the 100 meters at the State track meet in 10.83 after running a 10.76 in the first heat...edged out in the finals by Redmond's J.K. Haines, who signed with WSU track...came back in the 200m to finish third in 22.05...best 100m time 10.57 in meet at Hermiston, Ore., April 24...best 200m time 21.34 in the same meet...both marks ranked among top 50 sprinters in the nation...ranked sixth among USA juniors in the 100m and seventh in the 200m...helped lead team to State title game against Pasco High and caught two long TD passes in the title game...as a SENIOR ranked number three among USA juniors for 55m indoors at 6.37...invited to run at the National High School Indoor Championships in New York March 10-12...led the Greater Spokane League with 30 receptions for 519 yards...scored four touchdowns, including a long of 71 yards...All-GSL first team wide receiver...returned seven kickoffs 178 yards, averaging 25.4 yards...
PERSONAL: Anthony Buchanan...parents Tim and Bernice Buchanan...two brothers, Eric and Tim, and three sisters, Bernadette, Dorothy and Kay

COLEMAN, Erik - DB, 5-11, 175, Fr., Spokane, Wash.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Lewis and Clark High...earned three letters in football for coach John Hook as a running back, defensive back and kick returner...also three letters for coach Terry Reed in basketball...during JUNIOR year earned All-Greater Spokane League first team honors on defense and won the team's defensive back of the year winner...led the GSL in interceptions with seven...team finished the regular season with a 9-0 mark and won the GSL title...SENIOR season rushed for 1187 yards...scored 13 touchdowns...picked off a team-high six passes...team's MVP winner...Tigers went 7-2...earned all-league first team honors on both offense and defense...an All-Far West pick by Prep Star Magazine...Seattle Times Red Chip honoree.
PERSONAL: Eric James Coleman...born 5-5-82...mother Cynthia Coleman...one brother Erin and one sister Erika...interested in a criminal justice major at WSU.

COOK, Steve - DT, 6-4, 280, Fr., Kirkland, Wash.

HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Mike Thomas at Juanita...also competed in track, throwing the shot put...JUNIOR year an All-KingCo League second team center and defensive tackle...made 48 tackles, including five sacks...team's Ironman award winner...team 6-3...as a SENIOR named to the all-league first team as a center and defensive lineman...named State 4A lineman of the year...All-Eastside and Seattle Times all-area defensive lineman...All-State pick...led the KingCo League with seven sacks...team 7-2...a Seattle Times Red Chip pick...named team's best blocker.
PERSONAL: Stephen (Steve) William Cook...born 10-6-81...parents William and Pauline Cook...three brothers, David, Mark and John, and one sister Kerri...interested in physical education major at WSU.

DAVID, Jason - CB, 5-9, 170, Fr., Covina, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: A running back, corner and kick returner at Charter Oak High for coach Lou Farrar...earned three varsity letters in football, two in basketball (guard) and three in track (sprints)...as a SOPHOMORE named basketball team's rookie of the year...JUNIOR YEAR named to the All-Miramonte League first team on both offense and defense...first team All-CIF Div. IV on offense and to the All-CIF second team for the southern section...team was 10-2-1 and won the CIF Division IV title...also All-San Gabriel Valley honorable mention on offense...during SENIOR year rushed for 2,046 yards on 246 carries...scored 27 touchdowns...only fumbled three times in 14 games...had six receptions for 135 yards and one score...made 29 tackles and picked off six passes...scored 168 points, broke up 12 passes...all-league first team on both offense and defense...league player of the year...Tribune's All-San Gabriel Valley first team on defense, as well as the LA Times first team...CIF Div. VII first team on offense and defense and player of the year...CIF Southern Section offense first team pick...Prep Star Magazine All-America pick and Super Prep Magazine All-Far West choice...during his career team was 39-5-1....set school records for 246 carries in one season and 458 in his career...also record for passes broken up, 12.
PERSONAL: Jason Aeron Walter David...born 6-12-82...parents Walter and Dawn David...enjoys fishing...looking at a communications major at WSU.

DeMAESTRI, Brian - LB, 6-2, 215, Fr., Denver, Col.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Thomas Jefferson High, where he was coached by Tim Cross...earned three varsity football letters and was co-captain senior year...also plays baseball (first base)...JUNIOR year named to the All-Denver Prep League first team...club was 10-2, won the league title and reached the State semifinals...made 134 tackles, had four sacks and two interceptions...in league title game returned a blocked punt for a touchdown...won team's Big Hitter award...as a SENIOR made 143 tackles, picked off two passes and had three sacks...team 9-2 and won league title...team won 37 straight league victories...did not lose a league game in four years...named to the all-league first team and All-State team...league's defensive MVP...on offense, was lead blocker for the number one rated running back in the nation.
PERSONAL: Brian DeMaestri...teammate with Lacy McDonald, who also signed with WSU...interested in a business major.

ENA, Tali, QB - 6-4, 210, Fr., Prosser, Wash.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Prosser High as a senior, playing football and basketball...attended Shelton High before transferring to Prosser...at Prosser coached in football by Tom Moore, playing quarterback and safety...as a JUNIOR started one game...SENIOR year helped team win the State 3A title...in championship game, a 42-38 win over Sammamish, completed 20 of 32 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns...one interceptions...his 294 yards and four TDs were 3A title game records...set school record with 11 touchdowns and 900 yards passing...team was 12-2...threw for 2,136 yards and 27 touchdowns...team's most improved player and MVP of State championship game.
PERSONAL: Tali Ena...born 7-10-81 at Hermiston, Ore...parents Pat and Susan (deceased) Ena...cousin to Cougar running back of the late 1970's Tali Ena (lettered 1976-79)...three older brothers, Patrick, Eti and Justin, and one older sister Leilani...interested in a communication major at WSU.

HOLMES, Norvell - DT, 6-3, 285, Fr., Bellflower, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended St. John Bosco High, where he was coached in football by Kiki Mendoza...captain of team senior year...also played basketball as a freshman...as a SOPHOMORE was team's defensive rookie of the year...named to the All-Del Rey League second team...during JUNIOR year was a first team all-Del Rey League pick on defense and won the team's award as the Iron Man (2-way player)...also won the team's strength award...SENIOR year had 47 tackles in 10 games, made two sacks, picked off one pass and recovered two fumbles...named to the All-Serra League first team...the Braves' co-MVP winner...picked to the All-Far West teams by Prep Star Magazine and Super Prep Magazine.
PERSONAL: Norvell Holmes...born 12-18-81...mother Claudia Holmes...father deceased...one brother Kenny...looking at a business management or computer technology major at WSU.

JOHNSON, Damon - RB, 6-2, 210, Fr., Los Alamitos, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: In football coached by John Barnes at Los Alamitos High...football captain senior year...also played basketball and competed in track...SENIOR year Sunset League's most valuable running back and earned all-county second team honors...Orange County offensive MVP and a member of the Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team...rushed for 1,562 yards and 19 touchdowns while averaging 7.1 yards per carry...Los Alamitos offensive player of the year...team won league title.
PERSONAL: Damon D. Johnson...born 1-20-82...mother Tonia Thomas.

McDONALD, Lacy - LB, 6-1, 205, Fr., Denver, Col.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Thomas Jefferson High, where he was coached in football by Tim Cross...team co-captain...as a SOPHOMORE...season recorded 18 sacks and was named to the All-Denver Prep League team...during JUNIOR year named to the all-league first team and an All-State pick...team was 10-2 and reached the State semifinals...made 101 tackles and had a State-leading 19 sacks...had 21 tackles-for-losses...scored one TD on a blocked punt return......SENIOR year named to the Super Prep Magazine All-America team at linebacker...made 85 tackles and had 18 sacks, which ranked second in the state...recovered two fumbles, returning one for a touchdown...repeat pick to the all-league first team and again an All-State honoree...also named to the All-Colorado team that included all classifications...named the number one pass rusher in the state.
PERSONAL: Lacy LaVon McDonald...nickname Spiderman...parents Juanita Douglas and Lacy McDonald II...one brother, Robert...teammate of Brian DeMaestri, who also signed with Cougars.

MITCHELL - Lance, LB, 6-3, 225, Fr., Los Banos, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Los Banos Hill, where he earned three varsity letters for coach Don Toscano...played running back and linebacker...SOPHOMORE season earned All-Valley Oak League honors and was a linebacker on the All-State Sophomore team...team's outstanding sophomore linebacker...JUNIOR year named to the all-league team and to the All-State squad...as a SENIOR received all-league recognition for a third straight year...named top running backer at LBHS and also received all-area recognition.
PERSONAL: Lance Mitchell...mother Sharon Mitchell...two brothers...interested in physical education major.

NUNN, Ronald - DB, 5-11, 170, Fr., Mountain View, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended St. Francis High, where he was both a defensive back and wide receiver for the Lancers...SOPHOMORE season was an All-West Catholic Athletic League pick and was named to the All-State Underclassmen team...CCS sophomore of the year...JUNIOR year plagued by injuries...as a SENIOR missed three games with a high ankle sprain...still managed 30 tackles and three interceptions on defense...rushed for 600 yards on 125 carries and scored seven touchdowns...named to the Western 100 by the Tacoma News Tribune and to All-Far West teams by Prep Star Magazine and Super Prep Magazine.
PERSONAL: Ronald Nunn...parents Earl and Karen Nunn...one sister Natalie.

PAYMAH, Karl - DB, 6-0, 190, Fr., Culver City, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Tom Salter at Culver City High...also competed in track, earning three letters...two varsity letters as a defensive back and wide receiver...JUNIOR year named the track team's MVP after winning the league 200m title...also a member of the 400m championship relay team...All-Ocean League first team pick as a defensive back...during SENIOR season named the team's MVP on offense...first team All-Bay League team on defense, as well as being selected to the Los Angeles Times first team and the All-Westside first team...twice earned player of the week honors...scored eight touchdowns for the Centaurs.
PERSONAL: Karl Paymah...born 11/29/82...parents Louisa Coleman and Ewan Payman...one brother Emmanuel and one sister Alexis...interested in computer science major at WSU.

WAGNER, Aaron - LB, 6-2, 215, FR, Lethbridge, Alberta

HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Cliff Walters in football at Lethbridge Collegiate High...also lettered in basketball and baseball...JUNIOR year team was 10-3...earned All-South Alberta League honors...basketball team was 20-1 and won the league title...as a SENIOR named to the All-Alberta and all-conference first teams...team was 9-4 and lost in the provincial semifinals.
PERSONAL: Aaron Wagner...parents Glenn and Marilyn Wagner...one brother Jordan and three sisters, Shilo, Tabatha and Jasah...will look at a major in education.

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