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WSU Announces Football NLI Signings
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/04/2004
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Feb. 4, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Washington State University head football coach Bill Doba announced Wednesday the following 24 high school and four junior college football players who have signed national letter of intents and plan to enroll at WSU:

Doba also released the names three former signees who enrolled at WSU last month and will participate in spring drills. They are wide receiver Scott Selby from Castle Rock and defensive linemen Ben Woodard from Cheney and Ropati Pitoitua from Spanaway.

2004 Washington State Football Recruits

BRACKENRIDGE, TyronCB5-11180Jr.Claremont, Calif. (Upland/Chaffey College)
HARRISON, JeromeRB5-11190Jr.Kalamazoo, Mich. (Central/Pasadena City College)
MYERS, LetrellDE6-3240Jr.Moreno Valley, Calif. (Valley View/Riverside College)
PRATOR, GregWR6-1190Jr.Riverside, Calif. (Rubidoux/Chaffey College)
BAIRD, BryanATH6-3205Fr.Vancouver, Wash. (Columbia River)
BALL, LawrenceDL6-4245Fr.Fresno, Calif. (Edison)
BELL, IanATH5-10180Fr.Woodland Hills, Calif. (Taft)
BLUME, SteffanLB6-2215Fr.Clarkston, Wash. (Clarkston)
BUMPUS, MichaelWR6-0190Fr.Culver City, Calif. (Culver City)
COLLINS, JedLB6-2220Fr.Mission Viejo, Calif. (Mission Viejo)
DIEDERICHS, J.T.RB6-2215Fr.Seattle, Wash. (Ballard)
DILLON, CharlesWR6-0175Fr.Oxnard, Calif. (Hueneme)
DONOVAN, ColinDE6-7260Fr.Superior, Mont. (Superior)
EICHELBERGER, MattDT6-4320Fr.Bellingham, Wash. (Sehome)
ESTES, RandyS6-2205Fr.Long Beach, Calif. (Los Alamitos/Long Beach Poly)
GRAISE, MikeDE6-4225Fr.Inglewood, Calif. (Inglewood)
HAMILL, AlexLB6-1200Fr.Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (Lake City)
KIRKSEY, TysonLB6-0215Fr.Lufkin, Texas (Lufkin)
LANGLEY, LorenK5-9175Fr.Puyallup, Wash. (Puyallup)
McKINNEY, JacobATH6-3225Fr.Puyallup, Wash. (Puyallup)
MORGAN, ColeQB6-3185Fr.Seattle, Wash. (Ballard)
ROBERTS, JasonDE6-4225Fr.Fresno, Calif. (Edison)
ROGERS, GaryQB6-5220Fr.Mukilteo, Wash. (Kamiak)
ROOF, AndyOL6-4305Fr.Spokane, Wash. (East Valley)
ROWLANDS, DanOL6-4270Fr.Los Alamitos, Calif. (Los Alamitos)
VICKERS, EddieOL6-3325Fr.Vancouver, Wash. (Columbia River)
WARD, BennyWR6-3190Fr.Van Nuys, Calif. (Birmingham)
WILLIS, MichaelATH6-3205Fr.Tacoma, Wash. (Lincoln)

2004 Washington State Football Recruit Honors

#44 Dan Rowlands, ol
#73 Jed Collins, lb
#75 Jason Roberts, de
#90 Charles Dillon, db
#5 Andy Roof, ol
#6 Gary Rogers, qb
#7 J.T. Diederichs, rb
#9 Michael Willis, db
#11 Eddie Vickers, ol
#14 Matt Eichelberger, dt
#21 Steffan Blume, lb
#22 Jacob McKinney, te
#25 Cole Morgan, qb
#26 Bryan Baird, lb
#30 Jerome Harrison, rb
#41 Tyron Brackenridge, cb
#72 Letrell Myers, de
Steffan Blume, lb
Andy Roof, ol
Michael Willis, db
Loren Langley, k (second team)
Jacob McKinney, te (second team)
Michael Willis, db
J.T. Diederichs, rb
Matt Eichelberger, dt
Randy Estes, s
Jason Roberts, de
Andy Roof, ol
Eddie Vickers, ol
Michael Willis, db
Andy Roof, ol
J.T. Diederichs, rb
Matt Eichelberger, dl
Michael Willis, db
Andy Roof, ol
Bryan Baird, lb
Steffan Blume, lb
J.T. Diederichs, rb
Loren Langley, k
Jacob McKinney, te
Cole Morgan, qb
Gary Rogers, qb
Eddie Vickers, ol
Michael Willis, db
Bryan Baird, db (first team 3A)
Matt Eichelberger, ol/dl (first team 3A)
Andy Roof, ol (first team 4A)
Eddie Vickers, ol (first team 3A)
Michael Willis, db (first team 4A)
Michael Bumpus, wr (First Team)
Randy Estes, db (honorable mention)
Jed Collins, lb (honorable mention)
Andy Roof, ol (honorable mention)

ROPATI PITOITUA, 6-7, 240, DL, Spanaway, Wash. (Clover Park)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Jim Goode at Clover Park High...also played basketball for the Warriors in the Seamount League...earned two varsity football letters...Seamount League defensive player of the year as a SENIOR...earned first team all-league honors...did not play football until junior year in high school.
PERSONAL: Ropati Pitoitua (pronounced Roe-potti Pitoe-two-ah)...born April 6, 1985 in Samoa...parents Sooalo and Faipine older brother Maeli, and four sisters, Leutu, twins Vaiava and Leao, and Runal...interested in criminal justice...originally signed with Washington State in February 2003.

SCOTT SELBY, 6-4, 220, WR, Castle Rock, Wash. (Castle Rock)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Tom Bate at Castle Rock High...also lettered in basketball and a JUNIOR hauled in 47 passes for 676 yards and seven touchdowns...SENIOR year made 91 tackles from strong safety position...Seattle Times Red Chip selection.
PERSONAL: Scott Selby...born Nov. 26, 1984...parents Steve and Terri sister, Shannon...interested in law...originally signed with Washington State in February 2003.

The list of new high school and junior college student-athletes who signed this week include:

BEN WOODARD 6-5, 215, DL, Cheney, Wash. (Cheney)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Tom Oswald at Cheney High School...four-year letterwinner and senior captain...also played basketball and baseball and captained those teams as a a SOPHOMORE earned the basketball team's newcomer of the year award...during JUNIOR campaign was all-league offense and defense...All-State offense and defense...made the first team all-league in basketball and was an all-league outfielder for the baseball team...during SENIOR season earned all-league honors on both sides of the ball...was the league's co-MVP on defense and the back of the year on offense...All-State as linebacker and tight's defensive MVP...picked to play in the All-State game...caught 41 passes for 468 yards and six touchdowns...on defense had 80 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, one for a touchdown.
PERSONAL: Benjamin Luther Woodard...prep GPA of 3.6...parents Tom and Dianne Woodard...grandparents Keith and Elaine Midgley...two brothers, Bryan and Bert...four sisters Brenda, Beu, Bianke and Breanne...won the Ray Flaherty Scholar-Athlete Award...undecided about what he will pursue at WSU...originally signed with WSU in February 2001 but delayed enrollment to go on two-year religious mission.

The list of new high school and junior college signees includes:

1. JED COLLINS, 6-2, 220, LB, Mission Viejo, Calif. (Mission Viejo)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Bob Johnson at Mission Viejo High School...a three-year letterman for the Diablos, playing linebacker, tight end, and a SOPHOMORE earned first team All-State Underclass honors after helping the Diablos to a 14-0 record and the Division II CIF captured the South Coast League a JUNIOR earned league's Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-State Underclass honors after totaling 113 tackles...tabbed first team All-County and first team All-CIF...Diablos went undefeated again, winning their second straight Division II and South Coast League titles...SENIOR year was named Division II co-Defensive Player of the Year and Orange County Defensive Player of the Year...after winning third straight South Coast League title, Mission Viejo was defeated in the Division II finals, snapping an Orange County record 41-game winning streak... received honorable mention in the Long Beach Press Telegram's Best in the West football poll...rated the No. 54 linebacker nationally by
PERSONAL: Jedidiah Gabriel Collins...born March 3, 1986...parents Michael and Kathy Collins...has two brothers, Lenny and Jake, and a sister, Emily...father Michael and brother Jake both played basketball at Seattle University, while brother Lenny played at Cornell...interested in pursuing law or law enforcement.

2. CHARLES DILLON, 6-0, 175, WR, Oxnard, Calif. (Hueneme)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Marcus Turner at Hueneme High a JUNIOR earned Pacific View League's defensive back of the year award...named to the all-county a SENIOR earned first team All-Pacific View League honors at wide receiver after collecting 10 touchdowns and more than 700 yards through the air...named to the all-county team...helped Vikings capture league title with a 7-3 record...could play receiver or corner at the college level...also an outstanding basketball player, earning three varsity letters and team most valuable player as a junior .
PERSONAL: Charles Edward Dillon...born Jan. 30, 1986...parents Charles Dillon, Sr., and Aeeron D. Venable...has one brother, KyRee...uncle Wooley Dillon was a wrestler at Washington State...interested in communication major.

3. MIKE GRAISE, 6-4, 225, DE, Inglewood, Calif. (Inglewood)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Kevin Moore at Inglewood High a SENIOR helped Sentinels to a 5-4-1 record...had a productive final season, compiling 94 tackles, 12 sacks, 9 tackles for loss, and three fumble recoveries...earned first team All-Bay Conference and first team All-Area honors...a very athletic, long defensive end in the mold of departed Cougar stars Isaac Brown and D.D. Acholonu.
PERSONAL: Mike Graise.

4. ALEX HAMILL, 6-1, 200, LB, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (Lake City)
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterman for head coach Van Troxel at Lake City High School...also lettered twice in basketball and three times in track...played varsity as a SOPHOMORE and helped Timberwolves to a 12-1 record and second in the a JUNIOR earned first team All-Inland Empire League and first team All-North Idaho accolades at tight end and linebacker...earned second team All-State honors at linebacker...led Lake City to a 9-3 record and the state title...SENIOR season was named the Inland Empire League's co-Player of the Year on defense after recording 104 tackles, seven sacks, and seven forced fumbles...also hauled in 38 passes for 503 yards and six touchdowns...repeated first team all-league honors on both sides of the ball...named to the Spokesman-Review All-North Idaho Team on offense...named first team All-State at linebacker by the Idaho Statesman...served as team captain, guiding team to an 8-2 record and a third place state finish...rated the No. 55 linebacker nationally by one of Washington State's earliest verbal commitments in program history, making his intentions to play for the Cougars known May 3 of his junior year.
PERSONAL: Alexander Shea Hamill...born 5-11-85 at Grants Pass, Ore...parents Henry and Mary Hamill...has one brother, Pete...father played football at Northerm Montana and brother Pete played for the Montana Grizzlies...outstanding prep student selected to the honor roll four consecutive years...interested in pursuing sport management or a business-related field.

5. JASON ROBERTS, 6-4, 225, DE, Fresno, Calif. (Central)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Wayne Koligian at Central High a JUNIOR earned All-State Underclass honorable mention after racking up 88 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 14 sacks...named to the Fresno Bee's All-Star team as a SENIOR after recording 93 tackles and 13 sacks despite facing constant double teams...named second team All-State by Cal-Hi Sports...the No. 58 defensive end prospect nationally by member of the Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100.
PERSONAL: Jason Roberts...enjoys working on cars...member of a boxing club.

6. GARY ROGERS, 6-5, 220, QB, Mukilteo, Wash. (Kamiak)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Dan Mack at Kamiak High School...a three-year letterman at quarterback for the Knights...served as Kamiak's team captain as a junior and senior...completed 85 of 149 passes for 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns as a JUNIOR while earning second team All-WesCo South honors in 2002 after leading team to a 9-2 mark and the Wesco Conference South Division title...selected as a "Northwest Nugget in Waiting" by the Tacoma News Tribune...named most valuable player at the Big Kahuna Passing Tournament in Burnaby, Canada, and the BTSE 7-on-7 Tournament...named the most valuable quarterback at Washington State's team camp in summer a SENIOR earned first team All-WesCo accolades...helped team to an 8-3 record...completed 121 of 218 passes for 1,480 yards and 12 touchdowns...added five rushing touchdowns...named to Ron Siegel's senior preseason All-State squad...rated the No. 29 quarterback nationally by member of West Coast Hot 100 (No. 76)...Seattle Times Red Chip selection...lettered twice in basketball for the Knights.
PERSONAL: Gary Lee Rogers...born July 17, 1986...parents Gary and Linda Rogers...has one sister, Jamie...undecided on academic area of interest.

7. ANDY ROOF, 6-4, 305, OL, Spokane, Wash. (East Valley)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Adam Fisher at East Valley High School...a four-year letterman in football and track for the Knights...was the first freshman to play varsity football in Greater Spokane League history as a SOPHOMORE was named second team All-GSL on offense...captured the regional discus title in track with a throw of 168-9...JUNIOR year tabbed first team All-GSL on offense and defense...placed third at the state track meet in the shot (55-11) and fifth in the discus (162-5) a SENIOR earned first team All-GSL honors while leading team to a 7-3 record...Associated Press and Tacoma News Tribune first team All-State (4A) selection...second team All-State honoree by the Seattle of only five players from Oregon and Washington to earn Tacoma News Tribune's Northwest Nuggets of eight players from the state of Washington to earn Seattle Times Blue Chip distinction... received honorable mention in the Long Beach Press Telegram's Best in the West football poll...rated the No. 44 offensive line prospect nationally by member of West Coast Hot 100 (No. 36)...included on the Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100.
PERSONAL: Andrew John Roof...born Sept. 16, 1985...parents Tom Roof and Coni Wolf...has one brother, James, and a sister, Jenny, who currently attends Washington State...interested in pursuing sport management or teaching and coaching.

8. EDDIE VICKERS, 6-3, 325, OL, Vancouver, Wash. (Columbia River)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by John O'Rourke at Columbia River High School...a five-time letterman in football and track & field at Columbia River...started 11 games at center for the Chieftains as a a JUNIOR named first team All-Greater St. Helens (3A) on the offensive line...helped guide the Chieftains to the state semifinals and an 11-1 record...was named Columbia River's most valuable lineman...prior to SENIOR campaign was named the top offensive lineman at Washington State's summer camp and the top big man at the 2003 Oregon Nike Camp...helped lead Columbia River to state quarterfinals and served as offensive team captain...earned first team All-GSHL honors and All-Region accolades on the offensive line from The Columbian...a Seattle Times Red Chip selection...second team All-State by the Seattle Times...first team All-State by the Associated Prep...Chieftains compiled a 22-6 during three-year varsity career...comes to WSU after starting 35 consecutive games for Columbia River... member of the Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100.
PERSONAL: Edward Vickers...born Oct. 5, 1985...parents Edward and Karen Vickers...has two brothers, Derek and Andrew, and two sisters, Chabre and Lynaudry..prep teammate of fellow WSU signee Bryan Baird.

9. BRYAN BAIRD, 6-3, 205, ATH, Vancouver, Wash. (Columbia River)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by John O'Rourke at Columbia River High School...was a versatile athlete for the Chieftains, playing safety, wide receiver, linebacker, and returning kicks and punts...lettered three times on the gridiron and in baseball...started at strong safety for the Chieftains as a a JUNIOR racked up 958 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns...averaged 13.2 yards per punt return and 20.5 yards per kick return...also recorded 60 tackles, including five tackles for loss...earned first team All-Greater St. Helens League honors at defensive back and second team as a kick returner...named to The Columbian's All-Region team...helped Columbia River capture league title and advance to state semifinals with an 11-1 a SENIOR accumulated 1,160 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns...defensively racked up 90 tackles, including three behind the line...was once again dangerous on returns, scoring twice and averaging 25.9 yards per return on kicks, and tallying 15.7 yards per return with a touchdown on punts...added five rushing touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns, and an 86-yard interception return for six...was voted first team All-Greater St. Helens League and was the Co-Defensive Player of the Year...All-Region defensive back by The Columbian...picked by the Seattle Times to its all-classifications All-State second team...Seattle Times Red Chip selection...first team All-State defensive back by the Associated Press...helped Chieftains to the GSHL title and a trip to the state quarterfinals...served as Columbia River's defensive captain and will play in Washington's East-West All-Star Game...finished career with 2,118 all-purpose yards and a 22-6 record as a member of the varsity.
PERSONAL: Bryan Richard Baird...born March 3, 1986...parents Bill and Barbara Baird...has two brothers, Brady and Bryce, and a sister, Bethany...both grandparents, and aunt, and brother Brady all attended Washington State...joins Columbia River teammate Eddie Vickers as a 2004 Cougar signee.

10. MATT EICHELBERGER, 6-4, 320, DT, Bellingham, Wash. (Sehome)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Jamie Plenkovich at Sehome High School...a three-year letterman playing on the offensive and defensive a SOPHOMORE earned first team All-Northwest League at defensive a JUNIOR earned all-league honors on both sides of the a SENIOR earned first team All-State by the Associated Press as an offensive and defensive lineman...was the only player in classes 4A, 3A, and 2A to be tabbed first team on both sides of the ball in 2003...was used as a fullback in short yardage situations and also handled kickoff duties for the Mariners...Seattle Times Red Chip selection...Seattle Times first team All-State...the No. 49 rated defensive tackle nationally by a standout in track & field throwing the discus and shotput...placed fifth in the discus as a sophomore and third as a junior...member of the Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100.
PERSONAL: Matthew Eichelberger...goes by the name "Ike"...born Jan. 10, 1986...parents Denise Cook and Gary Eichelberger...has four brothers, Troy, Jeff, Adam, and Chris, and a sister, Meagan...undecided on academic area of interest.

11. GREG PRATOR, 6-2, 185, WR, Riverside, Calif. (Rubidoux/Chaffey College)
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Rubidoux High School in Riverside, Calif.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Coached by Carl Beach at Chaffey a FRESHMAN racked up 38 receptions for 655 yards and seven touchdowns...long reception was an 80-yard touchdown...was a second team All-Foothill a SOPHOMORE was third in the Foothill Conference with 49 receptions for 899 yards and 12 touchdowns...averaged 18.3 yards per reception...had a big day against Mt. San Jacinto, bringing in nine passes for 156 yards...finished 12th in the state of California in receiving yards in 2003...helped Chaffey to an 8-2 record...earned first team All-Foothill Conference recognition.
PERSONAL: Greg Prator.

12. DAN ROWLANDS, 6-4, 270, OL, Los Alamitos, Calif. (Los Alamitos)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by John Barnes at Los Alamitos High School...was the top offensive lineman for a perennial powerhouse at the Division I level in California's Southern a SENIOR helped lead the Griffins to a 12-2 record...Los Alamitos was ranked No. 5 in the USA Today's preseason rankings...rated the No. 59 offensive line prospect nationally by participated in track & field for the Griffins.
PERSONAL: Daniel Rowlands...born April 9, 1986...parents Thomas and Donna Rowlands...has two brothers, Kevin and Russell, and a sister, Chelsea...undecided on academic area of interest.

13. LOREN LANGLEY, 5-9, 175, K, Puyallup, Wash. (Puyallup)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Jeff Gardner at Puyallup High a JUNIOR earned first team All-South Puget Sound League a SENIOR kicked without a tee and was once again named first team All-SPSL and second team All-Area by the Tacoma News Tribune...first team All-Area honoree by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer...connected on a career long 45-yard field goal as a senior...named first team All-State by Times Red Chip selection...also an outstanding soccer player for the Vikings, earning honorable mention All-SPSL as a midfielder.
PERSONAL: Loren Langley...born April 7, 1986...parents Dan and Karen Langley...has one brother, Luke, and a sister, Shaina...father Dan played baseball at Purdue (North Central)...joins Puyallup teammate Jacob McKinney as a 2004 Cougar signee...interested in pursuing a business-related major.

14. JACOB McKINNEY, 6-3, 225, ATH, Puyallup, Wash. (Puyallup)
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterman for coach Jeff Gardner at Puyallup High School...a two-sport standout for the Vikings in football and basketball, tallying six varsity a JUNIOR named second team All-South Puget Sound League in football at middle linebacker and tight end...helped Puyallup to an 8-2 record...was named Puyallup's most valuable player in basketball and garnered second team All-SPSL honors ...first team All-SPSL selection at tight end and middle linebacker as a SENIOR...named second team All-Area by the Tacoma News Tribune...Vikings once again finished 8-2...rated the No. 27 tight end nationally by the Times Red Chip selection...served as team captain for both football and basketball teams as a senior...will play in Washington's East-West All-Star Game for football.
PERSONAL: Jacob Ryan McKinney...born Nov. 5, 1985...mother Sue McKinney...has one brother, Josh...joins Puyallup teammate Loren Langley as a 2004 Cougar signee...undecided on academic area of interest, but may look at health and fitness.

15. COLIN DONOVAN, 6-7, 260, DE, Superior, Mont. (Superior)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Dan Lucier at Superior High School...a four-year varsity letterman in football, basketball, and track...was named all-conference in football and basketball as a SOPHOMORE...playing eight-man football as a JUNIOR was named to the Great Falls Tribune's Super State squad...lead Bobcats to a 14-1 season record and the State C semifinals...earned all-conference honors at offensive tackle and defensive end...earned All-State first team on both sides of the ball...switched back to 11-man action as a SENIOR and was a repeat Super State selection...Superior reached the State B quarterfinals with a 13-1 record...once again named all-conference and All-State on both sides of the ball and served as team captain...Superior's Gatorade "Will to Win" winner...also a dominant performer on the hardwood, is averaging nearly 25 points 13 rebounds and over three blocks per contest...was named to the State basketball All-Tourney team as a sophomore and helped the Bobcats to a 21-2 record as a junior...placed second in the shot put at the 2003 Class C track meet.
PERSONAL: Colin P. Donovan...born June 22, 1985...parents Shaun and Trish Donovan...has one brother, Michael, and a sister, Maura...comes from a family full of college and professional athletes...the nephew of former Dallas Cowboy and two-time Stanford All-American Pat Donovan...uncles Brian and Kevin Donovan played basketball and football at Montana Michael plays football at Carroll College, winners of the 2002 and 2003 NAIA national title...interested in pursuing communication.

16. STEFFAN BLUME, 6-2, 215, LB, Clarkston, Wash. (Clarkston)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Dave Curtis at Clarkston High School...a three-year letterman in a SOPHOMORE earned second team All-Border League accolades at a JUNIOR earned Greater Spokane League Defensive Player of the Year honors...recorded a school record 87 tackles on the season, including 19 in one game, also a Clarkston record...SENIOR campaign led the Bantams to a 7-5 record and a trip to the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs...named first team All-State by the Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune...repeat selection as GSL Defensive Player of the Year...broke own record with 102 tackles on the season...Seattle Times Red Chip selection...will play in Washington's East-West All-State Game...also a standout in baseball, was named first team All-Greater St. Helens League in centerfield and led Bantams...helped Clarkston's basketball team reach the State 3A basketball tournament in 2002.
PERSONAL: Steffan Blume...born Nov. 15, 1985...parents Doug and Robin Blume...has one brother, Jace...father Doug and uncle Dave played baseball at Lewis-Clark State College...grandfather Bill played baseball at Kansas State and Kansas.

17. TYSON KIRKSEY, 6-0, 215, LB, Lufkin, Texas (Lufkin)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by John Outlaw at Lufkin High School, one of Texas' premier 5A programs...a three-year letterman at linebacker for the a SOPHOMORE contributed on a Lufkin team that captured the Texas Class 5A state title with a 15-1 a JUNIOR recorded 107 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss...named to the All-District team...Panthers reached the state semifinals with a 12-3 a SENIOR was named District 11-5A Co-Defensive Player of the Year after leading the Panthers with 118 tackles, including 18 behind the line of scrimmage...helped Lufkin capture district title...selected first team All-Texas by to the All-East Texas team...was named Lufkin's Defensive Player of the Year and Linebacker of the Year...Panthers posted a 9-2 record on the season.
PERSONAL: Tyson Kirksey...born May 21, 1986...father Velt Brown...has one brother, Velton, and a sister, Velton played football at Central Arkansas...undecided on academic area of interest.

18. MICHAEL BUMPUS, 6-0, 190, WR, Culver City, Calif. (Culver City)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Tom Salter at Culver City High a JUNIOR hauled in 75 passes for 1,081 yards and 11 touchdowns...also recorded two interceptions and was Culver City's punter, maintaining a near 40-yard a SENIOR helped Culver City to a 9-2-1 record...played wide receiver until the third game of the season, then took over at quarterback due to injuries...rushed for 800 yards, passed for 160, and had 170 receiving yards...recorded 13 touchdowns overall...named the Southern Section's Division X offensive player of the year...rated the No. 15 wide receiver nationally by No. 11 in West Coast Hot 100...represented California in the annual CaliFlorida All-Star Game...a member of the Long Beach Press-Telegram's "Best in the West" first team.
PERSONAL: Michael Bumpus...born Dec. 13, 1985...interested in pursuing a business-related major.

19. J.T. DIEDERICHS, 6-2, 215, RB, Seattle, Wash. (Ballard)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Doug Trainor at Ballard High a SOPHOMORE earned first team All-Metro League honors at running a JUNIOR racked up 1,168 yards to take the league rushing title and again first team all-league...capped outstanding high school career by rushing for 2,127 yards and leading Ballard to the Class 4A state title game as a SENIOR...earned first team all-league on offense and defense...a Seattle Times first team All-State selection...also a prep standout in basketball and track...clocked at 11.4 in the 100 meters and 4.35 in the 40...rated the No. 46 running back nationally by West Coast Hot 100 selection (No. 80) by Times Red Chip selection...rated the No. 25 running back nationally by member of the Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100.
PERONAL: John Thomas (JT) Diederichs...born Aug. 16, 1985...parents John Diederichs and Debra Diederichs...has two brothers, Renaldo and Romain Harris, and a sister, Renea Harris...joins Ballard teammate Cole Morgan as a 2004 Washington State signee...interested in pursuing a degree in communication.

20. JEROME HARRISON, 5-11, 190, RB, Kalamazoo, Mich. (Central/Pasadena City College)
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Central High School in Kalamazoo, Mich...committed to Eastern Michigan out of high school. JUNIOR COLLEGE: Coached by Tom Maher at Pasadena City a FRESHMAN rushed for 790 yards in just seven games with nine touchdowns...was tied for fifth in the state at 7.9 yards per a SOPHOMORE rushed for 1,059 yards at 6.1 yards per carry...added 10 touchdowns...was Mission Conference's third leading rusher on a team that finished 0-10...attended same junior college as Washington State's leading rusher from 2003, Jonathan Smith...named to the 2003 Region IV All-California team by the California Community College Football Coaches Association...rated the No. 3 junior college running back by the No. 30 junior college prospect overall by Superprep and the No. 2 running back.
PERSONAL: Jerome Harrison...born Feb. 26, 1983...parents Jerome and Debbie Purcell...interested in pursuing communication degree.

21. COLE MORGAN, 6-3, 185, QB, Seattle, Wash. (Ballard)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Doug Trainor at Ballard High School...position coach was Cougar legend Jack a JUNIOR earned second team All-KingCo 4A after throwing for over 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns...SENIOR year helped spark storybook run to the Class 4A title game...completed 128 of 217 passes for 1,816 yards and 26 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions...rated the No. 70 quarterback nationally by Times Red Chip selection.
PERSONAL: Cole Morgan...born Aug. 17, 1985...parents Jeff and Teri Morgan...joins Ballard teammate J.T. Diederichs as a 2004 Cougar signee...interested in pursuing a degree in communication.

22. IAN BELL, 5-10, 180, ATH, Woodland Hills, Calif. (Taft)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Kevin Pearson at Taft High a FRESHMAN at John Muir High School recorded over 1,000 yards on the season, helping team capture league a SOPHOMORE rushed for a Muir sophomore record 950 yards...added 27 receptions for 300 yards...transferred to Taft High School prior to JUNIOR campaign...tallied 896 yards on the ground and 12 touchdowns while bringing in 21 passes...squad featured USC signee Steve Smith...picked off three passes as a defensive back and also returned a SENIOR served as team captain...rated the No. 68 running back nationally by the No. 19 all-purpose back by
PERSONAL: Ian Michale Bell...born 3-24-86 at Hollywood, Calif....parents Joaquin Bell and Roslyn Caskey...has four brothers, Joaquin, Elijah, Meaki and Gabriel, and five sisters, Misti, Reneesha, Keisha, Latisha and Mya...enjoys playing PlayStation 2...will major in education and plans to be an English teacher.

23. TYRON BRACKENRIDGE, 5-11, 180, CB, Claremont, Calif. (Upland/Chaffey College)
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Upland High School.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Coached by Carl Beach at Chaffey a FRESHMAN had a breakout game against College of the Canyons in the Verizon Southern California Bowl, picking off two passes and returning one 24 yards for a touchdown...was named the Defensive Player of the Game against College of the Canyons...helped Chaffey to a 10-0 regular season record and the Foothill Conference a SOPHOMORE picked off three passes, returning one 44 yards for a touchdown...helped Chaffey to an 8-2 record...regarded a national top 100 selection in 2003 by All-Foothill Conference selection...rated the No. 41 junior college prospect overall by Superprep.
PERSONAL: Tyron Brackenridge...born June 30, 1984...mother Robin Fitch...interesting in pursuing sport management major.

24. LETRELL MYERS, 6-3, 240, DE, Moreno Valley, Calif. (Valley View/Riverside College)
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Valley View High School in Moreno Valley.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Coached by Bill Brown at Riverside Community a FRESHMAN recorded 48 tackles in 10 games, including 3.5 sacks and six tackles for loss...also recovered three fumbles and forced two...increased production as a SOPHOMORE racking up 78 tackles with 4.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss...forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles...earned first team All-Mission Conference in 2003...never missed a game in his two-year career with the Tigers, finishing with 126 tackles...rated the No. 73 junior college prospect overall by Superprep.
PERSONAL: Letrell Myers...interested in pursuing criminal justice degree.

25. RANDY ESTES, 6-2, 205, S, Long Beach, Calif. (Los Alamitos/Long Beach Poly)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by John Barnes at Los Alamitos High a JUNIOR recorded 96 tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles while leading Los Alamitos to a 13-1 record and California's Southern Section Division I title...was one of only two juniors to earn first team All-CIF Southern Section honors in 2002...named county and Sunset League Defensive Player of the Year...named the state of California's junior Defensive Player of the a SENIOR received honorable mention in the Long Beach Press Telegram's Best in the West football poll...rated the No. 5 safety nationally by the No. 14 safety nationally by member of the Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100...was rated the No. 2 prospect nationally overall by Bobby Burton of The Sporting News prior to the 2003 season...a member of the USA Today's 2003 preseason "Super 25"...nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
PERSONAL: Randy Estes...born March 21, 1986...father Randy Estes...interested in a business-related major.

26. LAWRENCE BALL, 6-4, 245, DL, Fresno, Calif. (Edison)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Tim McDonald at Edison High a SENIOR recorded 56 tackles, including 46 solos, and 11.5 sacks...named to the Fresno Bee's All-Area team...third team All-State selection by Cal-Hi Sports.
PERSONAL: Lawrence Ball...born Feb. 20, 1986...mother Jacklyne Hardamon.

27. BENNY WARD, 6-3, 190, WR, Van Nuys, Calif. (Birmingham)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Ed Croson at Birmingham High a SENIOR hauled in 27 passes for 642 yards and 10 touchdowns...had a pair of 100-yard receiving performances with 114 coming against Monroe and 118 against Granada Hills...caught a 95-yard touchdown pass against Monroe...helped team to a 7-4 record, including 5-0 in West Valley League play...finished second in West Valley League in receiving yardage.
PERSONAL: Benny Ward, III...born June 6, 1986...parents Benny Ward and Tina Jackson...has one brother, Marion Bates...undecided on academic area of interest.

28. MICHAEL WILLIS, 6-3, 205, ATH, Tacoma, Wash. (Lincoln)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Dick Zatkovich at Lincoln High School...a three-year letterman on the gridiron for the Abes, also lettering in basketball and track during his prep career...regarded as one of the most feared hitters in the region out of the defensive a SOPHOMORE earned first team All-Narrows League at wide receiver...JUNIOR season made his biggest impact on offense, accumulating eight touchdowns and 600 yards receiving...tabbed by the Tacoma News Tribune as a "Nugget in Waiting" a SENIOR helped the Abes reach the state playoffs and earned first team All-State honors from the Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune...named to TNT All-Area team and was named the Narrows League Bay Division most valuable player...racked up 1,207 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns to help Lincoln to a 9-3 record...served as team captain...also pegged by the Seattle Times for its all classifications All-State squad...rated the No. 40 safety prospect nationally by of the Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100...described by Todd Milles of the TNT as a "fierce player, feared hitter."
PERSONAL: Michael A. Willis...born July 30, 1986...parents Michael Willis and Paulette Willis...stepmother Mary Baines...has two brothers, Avery Willis and Kenny Baines, and four sisters, Tasha Thomas, and Tina, Jasmine, and Kayla Baines...uncle Ronald Baines played football at Montana...interested in pursuing a degree in a business-related field or sport management.


General feelings on class of 2004...
"We are very excited about his class. We have 20 young men who were team captains last year and 24 of these kids coming from programs with winning records. They come from outstanding programs."

"This is an outstanding group of athletes and I think we met our needs. We liked them as people and they can all run and jump."

"We want kids that want to be here and are good, tough, hard-nosed players and bleed Crimson & Gray."

Recruiting after three 10-win seasons...
"Three 10-win seasons has certainly helped, but our heart and soul is in Washington, the Northwest, and California. You want to dance with who brought you and you don't want to get a big head and start running all over the country."

Reloading the Cougar defense...
"We needed to reload the defense a little bit. We are excited about Randy Estes. He is one of the top safeties in the country. Michael Willis is an outstanding athlete. We had him in camp and he impressed everybody."

Looking at the defensive line signees...
"Jason Roberts from Fresno will be an outstanding player for us. Mike Graise is another one that has a chance to be good down the road, and we are excited about Colin Donovan. His uncle played for the (Dallas) Cowboys. In-state we got Matt Eichelberger from Sehome in Bellingham and we are also excited about him."

A pair of new quarterbacks...
"Gary Rogers is an outstanding player and had a great senior year. We evaluated him in camp and we are very confident in his abilities. Cole Morgan from Ballard High School is a tremendous leader and a good athlete. We really like both of them. It was a chance to get two good kids and we got both of them."

Replacing Jonathan Smith...
"We picked up an outstanding running back from Jonathan Smith's college, Jerome Harrison. J.T. Diederichs is one of the outstanding running backs in this state and probably this whole area. Ian Bell could be a running back or a corner, he is a good athlete."

Potential receivers...
"At the receiver position, we snuck in the back door for a kid named Michael Bumpus. He is one of the best receivers in the entire country. Benny Ward and Charles Dillon have excellent speed. When Devard Darling left, we were looking for some maturity in that group and we were very fortunate to get a kid named Greg Prator."

"Jake McKinney is a good, all-around football player. Bryan Baird bleeds Crimson & Gray. His whole family went to school here and he is an outstanding athlete."

Replacing Drew Dunning...
"Loren Langley is from the Northwest. He kicks in the wind and the rain and he kicks off the ground."

Benefits of Holiday Bowl exposure...
"I think the Holiday Bowl helped us a lot. It gave us great exposure and it definitely helped this recruiting class."

Recruits capable of contributing immediately...
"Jerome Harrison and Greg Prator are capable of contributing right away. All of the junior college signees can. We don't recruit them to redshirt or to be backups. It really depends on how our team develops over the spring and summer."

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