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Recruiting Class Draws Strong Reviews

At least four publications rate the Cougar class among the top 30 nationally.

February 3, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. - "Excellent" was Mike Price's first comment when asked Wednesday to assess the quality of Washington State University's latest football recruiting class. "Looking at it on paper right now this is the best we have ever had," he said, adding substance to several national recruiting services who have lauded WSU's signees.

At least four publications rate the Cougar recruits among the top 30 in the country. Prep Star Magazine ranked WSU's recruiting class 24th nationally and fourth among Pac-10 teams before signing day, while Super Prep Magazine also viewed WSU's class as one of the best on the West Coast. Insiders Report assesses WSU's class as the 29th best in the country, while RivalNet ranks WSU 22nd nationally. In addition, the Tacoma News Tribune rated WSU's group fifth in the Pac-10.

"I didn't believe in those recruiting services in the past, but if we are in the top 20 they are doing a great job," Price quipped late Wednesday during his press conference.

WSU's recruiting class, which totaled 23 Wednesday with at least three additional letters expected later in the week, included four players who earned prep All-American honors. Super Prep Magazine rated Josh Shavies as the number eight tight end, Isaac Brown the number 14 linebacker, Matt Kegel the number 21 quarterback, and Leon Burnett the number 36 running back. One of the recruits who had not sent his letter of intent to WSU Wednesday was also singled out by Super Prep on their national team.

Both Shavies and Spokane's Jeremey Williams were ranked among the top 100 players in the nation by several services, including The Sporting News and the National Recruiting Center.

Four recruits were picked to Washington All-State first teams by the Associated Press: Al Genatone, Marcus Trufant, Josh Parrish and Rian Long. Trufant was named the 4A player of the year by the Tacoma News Tribune while Williams was named by the Seattle Times as one of the top six high school players in Washington.

"I think a lot of it (recruiting success) had to do with the feeling the Cougars can go to the Rose Bowl, the Cougars can win the Pac-10 championship," Price answered when quizzed about the success coming off a poor showing in league play. "I think the new weight room helped and the positive attitude of our players who are on campus."

The list of players WSU released Wednesday included four who are already in school, freshman Kjell (pronounced Shell) Nesen and junior college transfers Melvin Camarena, Curtis Holden and Milton Wynn. Wynn is a 6-3 receiver from Los Angeles Valley CC, while Holden, a linebacker, transferred from San Francisco CC along with Camarena, a defensive lineman. Three WSU starters last fall also attended San Francisco CC, Kevin Brown, Jerry Roquemore and Chris Martin. Nesen is a quarterback out of Westlake Village, Calif., and St. Francis High.

Of the 19 fall recruits announced Wednesday, four are out of the junior college ranks. Three are defensive players: end Anthony Adedipe from Chabot JC, Mory Banks out of LA Southwest College, and John Williams, a defensive back from Long Beach CC. The fourth is Marcus Williams, a 6-5 receiver from Laney JC. Marcus Williams was a highly sought high school receiver who originally signed with Colorado two years ago. As a senior in high school he was listed by several publications as one of the top players on the coast.

Five of the eight junior college players are on the defensive side of the ball and three, including two receivers, are on offense. The list includes a pair of defensive linemen and two defensive backs. From the high school ranks, the Cougs picked up nine players expected to play on the offensive side of the ball and six on defense. Included are three projected tight ends and three offensive linemen, plus three linebackers.

ADDITIONAL MIKE PRICE QUOTES:

"I am real pleased with this recruiting class. We had a great recruiting class when Jack Thompson was among the signees and that was an excellent class with Drew Bledsoe.

"A lot of times we say, gee we didn't get any running backs or some other position, but I don't think we have any holes in this class. I was a little worried about running backs because we have Kevin Brown coming back as a junior, but we got Deon Burnett. He was our number one pick at running back.

"Jeremey Williams is the class of the class. He has tremendous character and has tremendous potential. He is a little thin right now at 250 or 255 because of basketball. Jeremey took us down to the wire and made me work pretty hard and I had some worrisome nights over where he was going to school. But guys like Al Genatone, Josh Parrish and Matt Kegel committed early to WSU and turned down away lot of visits to other schools. They turned down scholarship offers and stayed loyal to me and Washington State.

"We got two junior college wide receivers as big as anyone has in the conference in Milton Wynn at 6-4 and Marcus Williams at 6-5. These are big, solid guys who can jump up and take the ball away. These two guys, even though we have three starters returning, will play next year. We have two defensive backs, John Williams, a safety, and Mory Banks, a corner. They are fine athletes and will play next year. The list also includes Anthony Adedipe and Melvin Camarena. Both can play. The two players we have in now from San Francisco City College, Camarena and Curtis Holden, are every bit as good as the guys we had last year from the same school.

"Holden is going to be good. Everything they say about him is true. Several of our returnees will miss some of the spring drills because they are playing another sport or recovering from injuries, so Holden will get a great opportunity to learn the defense.

"It is hard to say if any of the freshmen will play next year. It will depend on how we are doing. I think most of them will redshirt. Maybe one of the tight ends might play because we are so young there and Deon Burnett might be a guy who can step in. He is capable of playing tomorrow. There may be one or two guys who will not enroll in the fall and come in January instead. Sam Lightbody is one of those. He is a light body, even at 270 he looks thin. A lot of people recruiting him for a defensive end or tight end but he wants to play on the offensive line. He will be a great player someday.

"We got two outstanding tight ends in Josh Shavies and Josh Parrish. I could almost complete a pass throwing it over the middle to those two guys. They go 6-7 and 6-6. Shavies is a great athlete and could play for the Cougar basketball team someday. I wouldn't mind that at all.

"This is a real good academic class. There are only a couple who don't have their test scores.

"I think Kegel is better than Ryan Leaf coming out of high school. I think he throws a better ball and has better fundamental quarterback technique, probably because of Ryan helping him. He ran a little more of a passing offense like we run than Ryan did in high school. Ryan improved so much when he was here. If Kegel can improve like Leaf did it is going to be lights out."

1999 WSU FOOTBALL RECRUITS

JUNIOR COLLEGE TRANSFERS ENROLLED JANUARY, 1999

NAME (4) POS HGT WGT YR HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE)
CAMARENA, Melvin DL 6-3 265 JR East Palo Alto, Calif.(Carlmont/San Francisco CC)
HOLDEN, Curtis LB 6-3 240 JR San Francisco, Calif. (McAteer/San Francisco CC)
NESEN, Kjell QB 6-2 193 FR Westlake Village, Calif. (St. Francis)
WYNN, Milton WR 6-3 200 JR Lancaster, Calif. (Antelope/Los Angeles Valley CC)

JUNIOR COLLEGE TRANSFERS ENROLLING AUGUST, 1999

NAME (4) POS HGT WGT YR HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)
ADEDIPE, Anthony DE 6-5 260 JR Newark, Calif. (Washington/Chabot JC)
BANKS, Mory CB 5-11 185 JR Los Angeles, Calif. (Crenshaw/LA Southwest CC)
WILLIAMS, John S 6-3 225 JR West Aurora, Ill. (W. Aurora/Long Beach CC)
WILLIAMS, Marcus WR 6-5 220 JR Oakland, Calif. (Berkeley/Laney JC)

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ENROLLING AUGUST, 1999

NAME (15) POS HGT WGT YR HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)
BROWN, Isaac DE 6-3 230 FR Upland, Calif. (Claremont)
BURNETT, Deon RB 6-0 205 FR Upland, Calif. (Claremont)
DAVIS, Ira DB 6-1 185 FR Seattle, Wash. (Garfield)
GENATONE, Al LB 6-0 210 FR Kennewick, Wash. (Kamiakin)
HENDERSON, Collin WR 6-1 185 FR Puyallup, Wash. (Puyallup)
KEGEL, Matt QB 6-5 205 FR Havre, Mont. (Havre)
KNOTTS, Billy OL 6-6 240 FR Vancouver, Wash. (Columbia River)
LAWSON, Forrest DB 6-2 190 FR Puyallup, Wash. (Rogers)
LIGHTBODY, Sam OL 6-8 270 FR Huntington Beach, Calif. (Huntington Beach)
LONG, Rien OL 6-7 260 FR Anacortes, Wash. (Anacortes)
PARRISH, Josh TE 6-6 245 FR Chewelah, Wash. (Jenkins)
SHAVIES, Josh TE 6-6 240 FR Fremont, Calif. (Fremont)
SIMMONS, Melvin LB 6-2 205 FR Compton, Calif. (Dominguez)
TRUFANT, Marcus DB 6-0 175 FR Tacoma, Wash. (Wilson)
WILLIAMS, Jeremey DL 6-5 255 FR Spokane, Wash. (Ferris)

3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 - The above list of 23 student-athletes completes WSU's announcements for today. Two additional high school athletes and one from junior college are expected to sign late Wednesday (after release time) or Thursday. The above list includes 19 students who will enroll in August, 1999, and four who are already in school. The final three recruits all will be fall enrollees.

WSU PREP RECRUITS SELECTED TO 1998 ALL-STAR TEAMS

 ISAAC BROWN
	TNT Western 100 (LB-11)
	National Recruiting Center (other Prep AA)
	Super Prep Magazine Prep AA (LB-14)
	Super Prep Magazine All-Far West (30)

DEON BURNETT Long Beach P-T Best In the West (5) TNT Western 100 (RB-13) National Recruiting Center (other Prep AA) Super Prep Magazine Prep AA (RB-36) Super Prep Magazine All-Far West (33)

IRA DAVIS Seattle Times White Chip

AL GENATONE AP All-State First Team; Seattle Times Red Chip Seattle PI All-State First Team Washington Prep Report All-State First Team

COLLIN HENDERSON Seattle Times Red Chip Seattle PI All-State First Team TNT NW Nugget Second Team Washington Prep Report All-State Second Team Super Prep Magazine All-Northwest (34)

MATT KEGEL TNT Western 100 (QB-8) National Recruiting Center (other Prep AA) Super Prep Magazine Prep AA (QB-21) Super Prep Magazine All-Midlands (13)

BILLY KNOTTS Seattle Times Red Chip Washington Prep Report All-State Second Team Super Prep Magazine All-Northwest (36)

FORREST LAWSON Seattle Times Red Chip TNT NW Nugget Second Team Washington Prep Report All-State Second Team

SAM LIGHTBODY Super Prep Magazine All-Far West (100)

RIEN LONG AP All-State First Team; Seattle Times Red Chip TNT NW Nugget Second Team Super Prep Magazine All-Northwest (24)

JOSH PARRISH AP All-State First Team; Seattle Times Red Chip TNT Western 100 (TE-2) TNT NW Nugget Second Team Washington Prep Report All-State First Team Super Prep Magazine All-Northwest (21)

JOSH SHAVIES TNT Western 100 (TE-3) The Sporting News Top 101 (92) National Recruiting Center National 100 (63) Super Prep Magazine Prep AA (TE-8) Super Prep Magazine All-Far West (18)

MELVIN SIMMONS Super Prep Magazine All-Far West (92)

MARCUS TRUFANT AP All-State First Team; Seattle Times Red Chip Seattle PI All-State First Team TNT Western 100 (DB-8) TNT NW Nugget Second Team Washington Prep Report All-State First Team Super Prep Magazine All-Northwest (17)

JEREMEY WILLIAMS Seattle Times Blue Chip Long Beach P-T Best In the West (5) TNT NW Nugget Second Team Washington Prep Report All-State Second Team Super Prep Magazine All-Northwest (10) The Sporting News Top 101 (81) National Recruiting Center National 100 (51)

JOHN WILLIAMS Super Prep Magazine JC All-American Top 100 (70)

1999 WASHINGTON STATE FOOTBALL RECRUITS

The following players enrolled at WSU in January, 1999, and will participate in spring drills.

1. CAMARENA, Melvin DL 6-2 265 Jr. E. Palo Alto, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Carlmont Highearned three varsity letters for coach Rich Motylewesky as a defensive and offensive linemanalso lettered twice in track as a shot and discus thrower and earned one varsity letter in socceras a SOPHOMORE started all football games and made eight sacksgoalkeeper and captain of the soccer teamJUNIOR year was an all-league second team selection while collecting 10 sacks and 70 tacklestrack team captainthrew 53 feet in the shot putduring SENIOR football season was an all-league first team selectionteam MVP and team captainmade 10 sacks and 60 tacklesmember of all-academic region team with a 3.0 grade point average.

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Coached by George Rush for two seasons at San Francisco City CollegeFRESHMAN year made 13 sacks as a defensive tackle on national championship teamas a SOPHOMORE was an All-Golden Gate Conference first team selectioncollected 20 sacks.

PERSONAL: Melvin Camarenaborn 6-21-77 at Panama...mother Mercedes Jimenezthree sisters, Katia, Kaila and Franciscaenjoys weight training, reading Flex Magazine and watching moviesis bilingualmember of the United Latin Clubstudying sociology, psychology and social work.

2. HOLDEN, Curtis LB 6-3 240 Jr. San Francisco, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended J. Eugene McAteer High, earning three varsity letters as a running back and outside linebacker for coach Mike Denatalealso lettered twice in basketball as a forward for coaches Bobby Miles and Kevin Allenearned one letter in track for coach Mark Christiansen, running the 4x100 relay and throwing the shot and discusJUNIOR year football and basketball MVP and team captainas a SENIOR, football and basketball team captain and MVP.

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played two years at San Francisco City College for coach George Rushas a JUNIOR (1997-98) played mostly on special teamsteam finished with 11-1 recordduring SENIOR (1998) season named to first team All-Golden Gate Conferencefirst team and JC All-American selectioncollected 115 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions for 11-1 teamcaptain and team MVPdefensive player of the year.

PERSONAL: Curtis Holdenborn 3-17-79 in San Franciscoparents Curtis Holden, Sr. and Shelby Hammonsthree brothers Curtis Jr., Robert and Princetwo sisters Lashaun and Courtneyuncle Charles Hammons played football at San Francisco Stateenjoys lifting weightsinterested in psychology degree.

3. NESEN, Kjell QB 6-2 193 Fr. Westlake Village, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Bill Redell at St. Francis High, earning two varsity letters as a quarterback, free safety, and handled kicking and punting duties as well...earned two varsity letters in track..competed in the 100 meters, triple jump and long jump JUNIOR year named to all-league football teamtrack team captainduring SENIOR year shared Co-MVP Mission League honors with Justin Fargas, now a running back at Michiganfirst team Div. III All-CIF selection...captained both football and track squads...named All-L.A. Times and All-Daily News, and received recognition as a Prep Star Honorable Mention All-American...1998 Powerade Scholar Athlete of the Year.

PERSONAL: Kjell (pronounced Shell) Nesen...born 12-9-79 in Thousand Oaks, Calif...parents Gary and Karla Nesen...sister Kameronuncle Bob Seagran, a USC grad, who won gold and silver Olympic medals in the pole vaultenjoys playing video gamespursuing a business major.

4. WYNN, Milton WR 6-4 205 Jr. Lancaster, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Antelope Valley High, where he was coached by Brent Newcomb, earning two varsity letters at wide receiveralso earned two letters in basketball for coach Tom Mahan and four in trackduring JUNIOR season team claimed CIF Div. II football title, defeating Hart High 35-15, and finished with a 12-2 recordas a SENIOR was an All-Golden League selection, making 19 catches for 312 yards and seven touchdownsteam lost in Div. II championship gamefootball and basketball team captainalso an All-Golden League pick in basketballaveraged 13.3 points per game, 7.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists as a guard.

JUNIOR COLLEGE: FRESHMAN (1996-97) Attended Bakersfield Junior College, playing wide receiver for one season before transferring to LA Valley College in the spring of 1997SOPHOMORE (1997-98)redshirted during football but played basketball and ran trackas a guard for the basketball team averaged 7.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per gamein track ran 10.7 in the 100 meters, 21.6 in the 200 meters and 48.3 in the 400 metersas a RS-SOPHOMORE (1998) played football for coach Gary Barlow and was an All-Western State Conference pickcollected 44 receptions for 751 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 17.3 yards per carryteam captainbest performances include seven catches for 164 yards and four touchdowns against Compton College and nine catches for 182 yards and one touchdown against L.A. Southwestran a 4.45 40-yard dash.

PERSONAL: Milton Wynnborn 9-21-78 at Mission Hills, Califparents James Wynn and Joyce Piercetwo sisters Jackie Wynn and Joi Collinsbrother Tyrone Pierce played tight end for 1997 UCLA team that shared Pac-10 title with WSUpursuing a degree in psychology.

The following junior college and high school recruits signed letters of intent Feb. 3 and will enroll at WSU next fall (unless otherwise noted).

5. KEGEL, Matt QB 6-5 205 Fr. Havre, Mont.
HIGH SCHOOL: One of the top quarterbacks ever out of Havre High, where he was coached by Dan Olson...team captain senior year...three letters in football and also varsity letters in basketball (3) and track (4)...as a JUNIOR completed 78 of 161 passes for 1,077 yards and 12 touchdowns...seven interceptions...named Central A Conference's top quarterback, punter and kicker...team reached State finals with 8-3 record...finished second at the State track championships in the triple jump (44 feet)...during basketball season averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds...SENIOR year the number eight quarterback in Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100 team...Super Prep Magazine named him to their All-America team (number 21 QB) and to their All-Midlands (13) team...also a prep All-America pick by the National Recruiting Center...passed for 2,004 yards, connecting on 130 of 257 passes...threw for 22 touchdowns and had just nine interceptions...led team to State championship game before losing 14-7 to Hamilton...all-conference quarterback and punter and the Montana Class A All-State quarterback...named Super State QB, which includes all four classifications in Montana...selected to play in the State East-West Shrine Game and the Montana-North Dakota All-Star Game...team finished 8-2 and won conference title.

PERSONAL: Matthew (Matt) Kegel...born 8-1-80 at Havre...parents Sherry and Greg Kegel...one younger brother Justin...his cousin is former Cougar great Ryan Leaf, now with the San Diego Charters.

6. LIGHTBODY, Sam OL 6-8 270 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.

PERSONAL: Samuel (Sam) Lightbody...born 4-22-81 at Manila, Philippines...parents Kathleen and Art Lightbody...twin brothers, Jake and Titus...expected to delay enrollment until January, 2000...interested in a fine arts major.

7. KNOTTS, Billy OL 6-6 240 Fr. Vancouver, Wash.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Columbia River High...coached by John O'Rourke...three-year letterwinner in three sports, football, basketball and track (discus)...as a JUNIOR named the All-Greater St. Helens League second team...team won league title at 7-0 and finished 9-2 overall...team's most improved defensive lineman...SENIOR year named to the Super Prep Magazine All-Northwest (36) team...a Seattle Times Red Chip honoree and an All-State second team pick by Washington Prep Report...Columbian Dream team pick...earned all-league honors on offense...selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game...team again won league title at 7-0 and ended the season 10-1...selected team's most inspirational player and top defensive lineman...an All-GSHL academic pick..

PERSONAL: Williams (Billy) Knotts...born 5-17-81 at Vancouver...parents Patty and Lonnie Knotts are both WSU graduates...one sister, Angela...attended WSU's football camp and was named the top defensive lineman...also attended the UPS football camp and was named the top offensive lineman...enjoys golf...CRHS's school activities coordinator, 1998-99...State DECA qualifier...prep gpa of 3.30...interested in a business major at WSU.

8. SIMMONS, Melvin LB 6-2 205 Fr. Compton, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Dominguez High, where he was coached by Willie Donerson...three varsity letters each in football and track (400m/800m) and one in baseball...football captain as a senior and baseball captain junior year...twice track captain, including senior year..as a JUNIOR made 138 tackles, including six sacks...an All-San Gabriel Valley League first team pick and named to the Cal High Sports Top 100...SENIOR year named the All-Far West team (92) by Super Prep Magazine...Blue Chip Magazine All-American honoree...made 142 tackles with five sacks...league MVP and named to All-CIF and league first teams...in final two seasons, made 280 tackles, including 11 sacks.

PERSONAL: Melvin Simmons...born 3-20-81 at Berkeley, Calif...parents Kathleen and Melvin Simmons....four sisters, Marguita, Katina, Kolena and Kamela, and six brothers, twins Marcel and Marcello, Marvin, Marlin, Maurice and Marquis...likes to jet ski, fish, go to the movies and watch his sister play basketball...prep gpa 3.3...honor roll student every semester in high school...ranked 28th in his class...interested in a business and education major at WSU.

9. PARRISH, Josh TE 6-6 245 Fr. Chewelah, Wash.
HIGH SCHOOL: An outstanding multiple-sport athlete at Jenkins High (also known a Chewelah High)...coached by Roy Albertson in football...also one of the top basketball players in the state and competed in track...three football letters and two in basketball...as a JUNIOR named to the All-State team as well as an All-Great Northern League pick...made 15 receptions and averaged 15.1 yards per catch...SENIOR year named to the All-State first team by Associated Press and Washington Prep Report and a Seattle Times Red Chip pick...also named to the Western 100 (number two TE) by the Tacoma News Tribune and to their Northwest Nugget second team...also an All-Northwest (21) pick by Super Prep Magazine...an all-league pick for the second year in a row...most of his playing time came at offensive tackle, but also had 12 sacks on defense....selected to play in the East-West Shrine game.

PERSONAL: Joshua (Josh) Parrish...born 4-25-80 at Chewelah...parents Diana and Brad Parrish...two brothers, Casey and Richard...likes to hunt and fish and play basketball...two cousins, Joey and Cody McKenna, played football at Whitworth College...interested in a criminal justice major at WSU.

10. DAVIS, Ira DB 6-1 185 Fr. Seattle, Wash.
HIGH SCHOOL: A standout on offense and defense in football and one of Garfield High's top basketball and track athletes...coached by Luther Carr in football, earning three letters...football and basketball captain senior year...four varsity letters each in basketball and track...high jump and long jump specialist...during SOPHOMORE year (96-97) hoop team's most improved player...team won Metro City championship...as a JUNIOR (1997-98) basketball team won Metro City title and State Championship...SENIOR (98-99) year picked by the Seattle Times to their White Chip list...All-KingCo wide receiver and honorable mention linebacker...All-State honorable mention.

PERSONAL: Ira Davis...born 4-27-81 at Seattle...mother Portia Carter...one sister Portina Alexander...an uncle Mike Carter earned football letters at WSU in 1972-73-74...cousin Anthony Davis played with the Kansas City Chiefs...enjoys surfing the internet...honor student with a 3.1 gpa...earned minority outreach program certificate of merit, 1995...Seattle Urban League Youth Access Computer Training Program, 1998...Renaissance Honor Roll award 1998...a member of Natural Helpers, 1999...City of Seattle Webmaster and Graphics Art intern, 1997-99...participated in numerous community programs...National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete honoree, 1999...high school's Senior Prince,1999...looking at a computer science and advertising major at WSU.

11. WILLIAMS, Jeremey DL 6-5 255 Fr. Spokane, Wash.
HIGH SCHOOL: A two-sport standout at Ferris High with varsity letters in football and basketball...coached by Clarence Hough...football captain senior year...as a JUNIOR, recorded 100 tackles, including 36 for losses and 11 sacks,...named to the All-Greater Spokane League first team...All-State pick...team's outstanding lineman...had 15 tackles against Rogers and 12 in a game against Mesa...SENIOR year honored with selection to the National Recruiting Center National 100 (51) and to The Sporting News' Top 101 (81) team...ESPN top 100...received five votes in the Best in the West poll by the Long Beach P-T...a Seattle Times Red Chip pick and named to the Northwest Nugget second team by the Tacoma News Tribune...National Football Hall of Fame lineman of the year...an All-State second team pick by the Washington Prep Report...made 83 tackles, including 21 for losses and four sacks...All-GSL selection for the second straight year.

PERSONAL: Jeremy Williams...born 12-20-80 at Spokane, Wash...parents Adrian and Wallace Williams...father an offensive lineman at WSU 1970-71...one sister Stephanie...likes to swim and lift weights...prep gpa 3.7...honor roll student...member of DECA...interested in communications major at WSU.

12. GENATONE, Al LB/RB 6-0 210 Fr. Kennewick, Wash.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Kamiakin High, where he was coached by Craig Beverlin...lettered in football (3), wrestling (3) and track (4)...as a JUNIOR recorded 16 sacks, which tied a school record...named to the All-Big 9 Conference team...placed third in the State wrestling meet at 190 pounds...during the spring, member of school record (42.1) 400m relay team that finished fourth in the State meet...SENIOR year named to the Associated Press, Washington Prep Report and Seattle PI All-State first teams...a Red Chip pick by the Seattle Times...named the Big 9's defensive player of the year...a two-way all-league pick as a linebacker and running back...rushed for 934 yards...set school's career sack record with 32...made a school record 149 tackles...finished career first in tackles and third in rushing...selected to play in the East-West Shrine game.

PERSONAL: Al Genatone...born 9-13-80 at Hardin, Mont...parents Kathy and Jim Genatone...one brother Nick and one sister Tessa...enjoys hunting and fishing...prep gpa 3.2 and an honor roll honoree...interested in a business major at WSU

13. HENDERSON, Collin WR 6-2 185 Fr. Puyallup, Wash.
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Jeff Gardner at Puyallup High, earning three varsity football letters....also a three-year letterwinner in basketball and baseball (outfielder)...three-time baseball captain and also captain of football and basketball teams as a senior...as a SOPHOMORE earned All-South Puget Sound League honors in baseball and a second team receiver...team reached State quarterfinals...during JUNIOR year named to the All-South Puget Sound League second team for a second straight season...team reached State semifinals...All-SPSL MVP in baseball...area baseball player of the year by TNT...participated in the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif...SENIOR year earned first team All-State honors by the Seattle PI...a Seattle Times Red Chip pick and a Northwest Nugget second team honoree by the Tacoma News Tribune and an All-State second team pick by Washington Prep Report...all-area first team receiver by TNT...named to the Super Prep Magazine All-Northwest team (34)...All-SPSL first team pick as both a receiver and safety...league MVP on offense...caught 38 passes for 768 yards and eight scores...selected to play in the State East-West Shrine Game...in his career caught 117 passes for 2,168 yards and 24 touchdowns...team 32-5 in his three varsity seasons.

PERSONAL: Collin Henderson...born 11-4-79 at Lakewood, Wash....parents Susan and Jerry Henderson, both WSU graduates...so are his grandparents and a couple of aunts and uncles...father was a Cougar quarterback, 1965-68, and the school record holder with 3,411 career passing yards...father earned his undergraduate, MS and Ph.D degrees from WSU...older brother Pat a walkon wide receiver with the Cougars...enjoys music and reading...prep GPA of 3.85 and member of Honor Society...member of Student Counsel, Viking Nights, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Homecoming King, Tacoma Athletic Commission...National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete honoree...will play both football and baseball at WSU.

14. LAWSON, Forrest DB/WR 6-3 190 Fr. Puyallup, Wash.
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Bill Wernofsky at Puyallup's Rogers High, where he was a standout in both football and baseball...captain of football team senior year and baseball captain as a junior...during SOPHOMORE year an All-South Puget Sound League South first team defensive back and honorable mention at receiver...also all-league outfielder in baseball...as a JUNIOR named to the all-league team as a receiver and defensive back...South Puget Sound League's defensive back of the year...all-league first team outfielder and second team pitcher...SENIOR year Seattle Times honoree as a Red Chip pick and a Northwest Nugget second team pick by the Tacoma News Tribune...also a second team All-State honoree by Washington Prep Report...averaged nearly 20 yards per catch as a receiver...all-league pick for the second time...

PERSONAL: Forrest Lawson...born 11-9-80...mother Ronda Lawson a WSU graduate, as is an uncle, Randy Lawson.

15. BANKS, Mory DB 6-0 190 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Crenshaw High, where he was coached by Robert Garnett...participated in both football and track...SENIOR year received All-City and All-Pacific League honors. LA SOUTHWEST JC: Coached by Henry Washington...SOPHOMORE year made 52 tackles, including 27 solo, and had 18 pass deflections...blocked two punts, picked off four interceptions and recovered three fumbles.

PERSONAL: Mory Ralpheal Banks...born 11-8-79 at Los Angeles, Calif...parents Mary and Clarence Hamilton...five brothers and sisters...interested in a marketing major.

16. TRUFANT, Marcus DB 6-0 175 Fr. Tacoma, Wash.
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Don Clegg at Wilson High, earning three varsity letters...earned two letters each in basketball and track...team captain for all three sports senior year...as a JUNIOR named top offensive player on team, while in basketball was Mr. Defense...triple jumped 47-6 to capture ninth at the State track meet...SENIOR year earned All-State first team honors by Associated Press, the Seattle PI and Washington Prep Report...a Seattle Times Red Chip honoree and named to the Western 100 (number eight DB) by the Tacoma News Tribune, as well as their Northwest Nugget second team...a Super Prep Magazine All-Northwest (17) pick...named Washington's AAAA player of the year by TNT...team won State 4-A title with a win in the Kingdome...scored 30 touchdowns and rushed for over 1,800 yards

PERSONAL: Marcus Trufant...born 12-25-80 at Tacoma...parents Constance and Lloyd Trufant...two brothers, Isiah and Desmond...enjoys working with youth groups and church activities..an uncle Grady Maxwell played football at UCLA...will look at communications and business degree, or enginering.

17. LONG, Rien OL 6-7 260 Fr. Anacortes, Wash. v HIGH SCHOOL: Earned two varsity letters in football for coach Ted Beyer at Anacortes High...a late-comer to the sport of football, playing just two years in high school...earned four varsity letters in basketball and two in track, throwing the shot and discus...as a JUNIOR named to the all-league second team in basketball...during track season finished seventh in the state in the shot put...SENIOR year named to the Associated Press All-State first team...a Seattle Times Red Chip pick...chosen to the Tacoma News Tribune's Northwest Nugget second team and an All-Northwest (24) pick by Super Prep Magazine...All-Northwest League first team pick on defense and a second team offensive lineman...team 5-4 and finished third in league play.

PERSONAL: Rien Long...born 8-7-81 at Los Angeles, Calif...parents Bailey and David Cunningham...one younger brother Devan.

18. WILLIAMS, Marcus WR 6-5 220 Jr. Oakland, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Berkeley High, where he was coached by Mike Tuiasosopo...earned one varsity letter in football, two in basketball and one in track (sprints, hurdles, long jump)...as a JUNIOR named basketball team's MVP winner and served as team captain...won NorCal 100m high hurdle title...SENIOR year received all-league honorable mention as a tight end...also a "cream of the crop" pick in football...named to Super Prep Magazine's Far West team (#18)...Blue Chip Magazine named him to their Western Regional team (#6 receiver)...basketball captain.

LANEY JC: Coached by Stan Peters...FRESHMAN (1997) season caught seven passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns...as a SOPHOMORE (1998) caught 31 passes in seven games for 767 yards and eight touchdowns...averaged 109.6 receiving yards per game...selected by Super Prep Magazine one of the Top 100 All-American's in the nation.

PERSONAL: Marcus Williams...born 12-12-77 at Oakland, Calif...parents Beverly and Marcus Williams...one brother Erik...enjoys playing video games...interested in a computer major at WSU.

19. ADEDIPE, Anthony DE 6-5 260 Jr. Newark, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Washington High in Fremont...earned one varsity letter for coach Jim Ingram...captain senior year...as a SENIOR named to the All-Mission Valley Athletic League and All-East Bay teams...played in the Alameda-Contra Costa All-Star game...recorded 15 sacks.

CHABOT JC: Coached by Tony Cavigilia...during FRESHMAN season recorded 10 sacks for 8-3 team that lost to Las Madanas in the East County Bowl...in SOPHOMORE year earned all-conference and regional All-State honors after a 15-sack season...team finished 9-2 and beat Sacramento CC in the Merced Elks Bowl 41-31.

PERSONAL: Anthony Adedipe...born 12-14-77 at East Palo Alto, Calif...parents Cindy and Tony Adedipe...

20. WILLIAMS, John DB 6-3 225 Jr. West Aurora, Ill
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended West Aurora High, where he earned four varsity football letters and three in basketball.

LONG BEACH CC: Coached by Larry Reisbig...as a FRESHMAN made 46 tackles and had one interception...named to the all-conference first team...SOPHOMORE year had 44 tackles and picked off two passes...first team defensive pick on the All-Mission Conference North Division team...All-America honorable mention pick.

PERSONAL: John Williams...born 4-16-77 at Chicago, Ill...parents Leroy Patton and Pandora Williams...enjoys listening to music

21. BROWN, Isaac TE/DE 6-3 230 Fr. Upland, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Claremont High...coached by Mike Collins, earning three varsity letters...played with WSU signee Deon Burnett...as a JUNIOR made 77 tackles with 17 sacks...All-Baseline League first team pick as well as All-Southern Cal...area leader in sacks...SENIOR year named to the Western 100 (number 11 LB) by the Tacoma News Tribune...a prep All-American pick by the National Recruiting Center and named by Super Prep Magazine to their prep All-American team (number 14 LB) and to their All-Far West squad (30)...Student Sports Magazine named him to their All-Southern California team...a Prep Star Magazine West Region Super 30 pick...made 89 tackles, including 16 sacks and 24 tackles for losses...also picked off three passes and forced four fumbles...caught 11 passes for 350 yards and three touchdowns...All-CIF and all-valley honoree.

PERSONAL: Isaac Brown...born 10-13-81 at Tallahasee, Florida...mother Fena Butts...enjoys weight lifting and listening to music...member of several prep organizations, including Young Life, Christians on Campus, Renaissance Club and Black Student Union...will look at a communications major at WSU.

22. BURNETT, Deon RB 6-0 205 Fr. Upland, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Mike Collins at Claremont High, where he was a teammate of Isaac Brown, who also signed with WSU...during SOPHOMORE year named to the All-Baseline League second team, rushing for 610 yards in just three games...scored seven touchdowns...as a JUNIOR rushed for 2,010 yards and scored 29 touchdowns while earning all-league, All-CIF and All-State first team honors...prep All-American for underclassmen...team's MVP and offensive player of the year...SENIOR year received five votes in the Long Beach P-T's Best in the West poll...picked by the Tacoma News Tribune to their Western 100 team (number 13 RB)...a prep All-American pick by the National Recruiting Center...named to Super Prep Magazine's All-American (number 36 RB) and All-Far West (33) teams...all-league first team and league MVP...All-CIF, Inland Valley and LA Times first team pick...Cal Hi Sports All-American first team...Prep Star Magaizine All-American...racked up 2,616 yards rushing and rushed for 27 touchdowns for 9-3 Claremont...top prep rushing total in California...also caught 33 passes, including six for touchdowns...averaged 10.7 yards per carry...rushed for more than 5,000 yards in his career (including three varsity games as a sophomore)...set every school rushing and receiving record.

PERSONAL: Deon Burnett...born 5-15-81 at Los Angeles...parents Carmen and Marvin Burnett...one brother Anthony...likes to lift weights...participated in several high school and community programs, including Young Life, Christians on Campus, Black Student Union and Renaissance.

23. SHAVIES, Josh TE 6-6 250 Fr. Fremont, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Fremont High and was coached by Matthew Walker...earned three varsity letters in football and four in basketball...an outstanding athlete who received Div. I scholarship offers in both sports...FRESHMAN basketball season named defensive player of the year and freshman of the year...during SOPHOMORE year named to the All-Oakland Athletic League team...selected to the All-California sophomore team...as a JUNIOR named to the All-State Junior team...also earned all-league honors in basketball...SENIOR year a Super Prep Magazine All-American and a member of their All-Far West (18) team...also a National Recruiting Center National 100 honoree (63) and a The Sporting News Top 101 pick (92)...the number three TE on the Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100 team.

PERSONAL: Josh Shavies...born 1-17-81 at Kaiser, Calif....parents Lorice and Frederick (deceased) Shavies...one sister Olivia...older brother Fred also a member of the Cougar football team....enjoys playing basketball, Rap and R&B music and watching movies...interested in a communications major at WSU.

The following football recruit signed a letter of intent Feb. 4 and will enroll at Washington State next fall.

TUPAI, Faafetai DL 6-4 298 Monterey, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Ted Robinson at Monterey 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...won team's Golden Helmet Award.

PERSONAL: Faafetai Tupai...born 5-24-81 at Seatle, Wash...parents Tina and Seaula Tupai...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.

The following football recruit signed a letter of intent Feb. 5 and will enroll at Washington State next fall.

LOVE,Kason LB 6-4 260 Riverside, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Notre Dame High, where he was coached by Hal Pfeiffer as a senior...attended Perris High before transferring to NDHS for senior year...earned three varsity letters in football, two in basketball...as a SOPHOMORE named basketball team's most improved player...during JUNIOR year earned MVP honors for both his basketball and baseball teams...SENIOR year earned DeAnza League's MVP honors on defense...named to the All-CIF first team and was second in the balloting for defensive player of the year honors...team MVP.

PERSONAL: Kason Love...born 3-21-82 at Riverside, Calif...parents Barbara and Nathan Love...two brothers, Nathan, Harvey, and two sisters, Josephine and Shavon.

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