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.
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.
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.
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.