Feb. 6, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Washington State University head football coach Mike Price announced Wednesday the signing of 20 high school seniors and four junior college transfers to national letters of intent. Two other recruits are expected to sign in the next day or two, according to the Cougar head coach.
In addition, two new players, both transfers who signed NLI's in December, enrolled at WSU in January, running back Jermaine Green and linebacker Kevin Sperry. Three other players who signed with WSU a year ago also enrolled in January, tight end Troy Bienemann from Mt. View, Calif., defensive lineman Charles Harris from Spokane, and quarterback Josh Swogger from Youngstown, Ohio. All five players will participate in spring drills, which open April 2. The three signees from a year ago will be freshman in the fall, while Green and Sperry are both juniors.
The latest WSU recruiting class includes 11 players from the state of Washington. Seven were named to the Associated Press All-State first team, including Carl Bonnell, a quarterback from Kentwood High who was AP's State's Player of the Year. Four of the Cougars, including Steve Dildine from Bethel High, were named to the Tacoma News Tribune's All-State team. Dildine was the newspaper's State Player of the Year. The TNT also named four of WSU's recruits to their Western 100 list, Bonnell, Cody Boyd from Ferndale High, Eric Frampton from San Jose, Calif., and Jesse Taylor from Woodland Hills, Calif.
Super Prep Magazine named nine Cougars to their All-California and All-Northwest teams, while Boyd and Taylor received votes in the Long Beach Press Telegram's Best in the West poll.
The Seattle Times picked Bonnell, Dildine and Boyd to their All-State first team, with Boyd gaining Blue Chip status. The other 10 in-state recruits were named to their list of Red Chip recruits. Dave Tuengel listed nine Cougar recruits on his All-State teams, including 4-A player of the year Dildine and Hall, the B-11 player of the year.
During Price's press conference Wednesday afternoon, he offered the following comments:
"We had 28 commitments as of December 8. We lost two and went out and picked up two better guys, much better guys. There are a couple of early commitments that also didn't work out."
"We had some real needs, running backs and linebackers, a long snapper and we lost both tight ends from last year. We picked up, or will, three junior college running backs. At linebacker we picked up one additional jaycee linebacker, not counting the one in school, and three high school players. We also signed a high school offensive lineman who can be a long snapper. He throws the baseball about 90 miles an hour and coach Tim Mooney helped us with Tim Petrick from near Chicago. We also signed a tight end from another school who laid out a year, went to junior college and will get his degree, plus three high school tight ends."
"The average size of this group is 6-2, 216 pounds, and they run 4.6. Five of the recruits run 4.4, eight run 4.5 and four guys run 4.7. That is the fastest group we have ever had in the history of the school."
"Our new recruiting coordinator Robin Pflugrad headed this up and we had amazing results."
"Sammy Moore waffled a little. He is a wide receiver and punt return specialist from Bakersfield. This kid is really a great talent at returns. He has a knack for it. He is a difference maker. He is going to come in and make a difference."
"Not a lot of freshmen will be impact guys next year. We would like to redshirt most of them. We would like to gray shirt a couple of them (hold enrollment until January, 2003). Charles Harris, Josh Swogger and Troy Bienemann, who started school last month, are also freshmen and really in this class for next fall. We also have another player who walked on in January, Sean O'Connor, and he was a scholarship player in the Pac-10 and eventually did not go to school last year. He's from Redmond High and a big defensive end."
"These players probably won't play for a year or two. The long snapper has an opportunity to play next year, realistically a lot of these kids will redshirt."
"All our running backs will have a chance to start next fall. But they all have to finish their classes and get enrolled."
"I would like to gray shirt Matt Mullenix and Carl Bonnell. I like to do that with our quarterbacks. That gives them an extra semester. This class's quarterback will be Swogger and Bonnell's class will be the next one. He doesn't even know them yet. Bonnell may take a couple of classes in the fall and live with his brother, who is on our team. I think this is in the best interest of both Bonnell and Mullenix. Mullenix is tall and is going to be a big guy who will fill out. He has a motor and will get after people. His future is way ahead of him."
"We did well at running back. I don't think a lot of schools needed a jaycee running back. It was not as competitive as it is some years. It often is fierce. They need to go someplace where they can play. Usually we recruit three and get one. This year we got all three."
"The two late signees were Odell Howard from Pomona (Calif.) and Robert Franklin from Texas (Gainesville). Franklin is 6-3,195 pounds, and runs a 4.5. He longs jumps 25-6, which would place in the Pac-10 right now. He will be a two way (sport) player. Howard was a quarterback. He played a little tight end and was a wide receiver in the last two games. He's an athlete. He had 27 rebounds the other night. We did not recruit him just as a tight end or split end. He had been committed to UNLV."
"Franklin's high school coach had an association with Bob Connelly. He had moved into the community for just one year so no one really know about him. His coach called and said we have a great kid here no one is recruiting. Everyone was recruiting him in track."
"We are probably looking at Steve Dildine as a linebacker. I think he is going to fill out and be bigger. He has great speed. He runs like (Dave) Minnich, a cutter and slasher. He could be a running back. He's not as fluid and smooth because he's only played one year of football. This guy was a motor cross bike rider until his senior year. It was like a gift dropped in from Heaven. We got on him early. A cyclist turned football player is a first for us. But like his dad said, his legs are so strong. He is fast, too."
"I don't know if we won more battles with bigger schools, that doesn't stick out in my mind. I don't care who is recruiting a guy. I care if our position coach likes him as a player. Then we go in and investigate him. Can he play, can he make it here academically, what kind of kid is he. I don't look at lists. We lost some good kids, but I don't care."
"Quite a few were in our summer camp. Ten were in summer camp or summer passing league."
"Our record this year helps. And it helps not having your office in a dorm. Our facilities are improved, look nice, we were winning, the crowds were great, everyone is pepped up, we have a good team coming back, everyone knows that, and our players did a good job hosting these kids. All those things made it smoother."
"Mkristo Bruce, what an athlete. He started out in the quarterback group at camp. He will hit you and runs like a deer. He is a tall, skinny kid who will fill out and be a man someday. He is a scholar-athlete, a great person. I don't know where he will play. We are listing him as an athlete. It will depend on how much he fills out."
"The one thing I am surprised about is more kids didn't change their minds after the early commitments. We really only had three kids who really backed out. Recruiting is always competitive, but from the schools in our conference I can't remember a negative recruiting instance. We don't cheat, we don't lie and we don't bad mouth each other in the Pac-10. Hey, we lost a couple of guys. But like I said, I think we got better kids to replace them."
"We have three offensive linemen, Hollison, Petrick and Mihlhauser. That's pretty good for us and you throw Charles Harris (enrolled last month) in there and we have four. We needed four and we filled that need."
"If Cody Boyd wants to play basketball, he should be given that opportunity. That wasn't a huge part of his recruiting, but boy can he play basketball. If his grades are up and he wants to play, that's okay with me."
"We did well in the state of Washington. We did well on the West Side. That Kent valley was very good to me. It is an interesting class. You have the kid from British Columbia, a long snapper from Chicago, a Texan and Josh Swogger from Ohio. It would be nice if we could get our foot in the door in Texas and even Chicago."
"This is the best recruiting class we've ever had (he laughs). First, I don't think we have ever signed 11 kids from the state of Washington. We are spread out all over the board (positions). We filled all of our needs, even a punt returner and a long snapper. And we did it all before Christmas. But you know, last night I still couldn't sleep. I was up at 2:30 (am), walking around the house."
"Our baseball coach (Tim Mooney) was recruiting Petrick for baseball."
"Don Turner from University High School in Spokane wasn't on a lot of recruiting lists, but that guy is a primo athlete. He's as good an athlete as we've had out of Spokane. He's of the mold of Eric Coleman, maybe even faster. I think he is a super find. He committed early so he wasn't recruited by a lot of schools. He can make it happen."
"I think Turner is a sleeper. So may be Mullenix. We got a lot of sleepers because a lot of them committed early and then said no to the other schools. When the other schools call and the kid says he's going to Washington State, they say they didn't want him anyway."
"Jesse Taylor is for sure a tight end. Cody Boyd is another one who will probably play tight end. And of course Eddie Robinson. If you are looking for a good all around tight end who can block and catch the ball, its Taylor."
"Bonnell is 6-3, 195, and runs a 4.4. He runs like a deer. This kid is going to be a big time player some day. He played on a Wing-T team. And his receiving corps wasn't developed yet."
Among the top honor winners in WSU's latest recruiting class are:
SUPER PREP MAGAZINE - CAHI/NV
#61 Eric Frampton, db
#103 Jesse Taylor, te
#139 Spencer Hollison, ol
SUPER PREP MAGAZINE - WA/OR/CANADA
#8 Cody Body, te
#10 Carl Bonnell, qb
#14 Don Turner, wr/db
#15 Wes Rainwater, rb/db
#17 Steve Dildine, rb/db
#18 Chris Jordan, wr/db
Carl Bonnell, qb
Steve Dildine, rb (State POY)
Brian Hall, lb
Chris Jordan, db
Steve Dildine (area POY)
Chris Jordan (second)
Wes Rainwater (second)
Carl Bonnell (second as punter)
TNT WESTERN 100
Carl Bonnell, qb
Cody Boyd, te
Eric Frampton, db
Jesse Taylor, te
TNT NORTHWEST NUGGETS
Carl Bonnell, qb (honorable mention)
Cody Boyd, te (honorable mention)
Steve Dildine, lb (honorable mention)
Wes Rainwater, db (honorable mention)
Don Turner, cb (honorable mention)
SEATTLE TIMES ALL-STATE
Carl Bonnell, qb
Steve Dildine, rb
Cody Boyd, te
Scott Davis, lb
Chris Jordan, db
SEATTLE TIMES BLUE CHIP
Cody Boyd (one of three)
SEATTLE TIMES RED CHIP
ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-STATE
Carl Bonnell, qb (4-A and All-Class POY)
Steve Dildine, rb (4-A)
Don Turner, db (4-A)
Scott Davis, lb (4-A)
Chris Jordan, wr (4-A honorable mention)
Cody Boyd, te (3-A)
Brian Hall, rb/lb (B-11)
LB PRESS-TELEGRAM BEST IN THE WEST
Cody Boyd (5 votes)
Jesse Taylor (3 votes)
TUENGEL'S WASH. PREP FB ALL-STATE
Carl Bonnell, qb (4-A)
Steve Dildine, rb (4-A player of the year)
Scott Davis (4-A)
Chris Jordan, db (4-A)
Wes Rainwater, rs (4-A)
Cody Boyd, te (3-A)
Aaron Ware, dl (3-A second team)
Matt Mullenix, lb (1-A)
Brian Hall, rb/lb (B-11 player of the year)
1. JERMAINE GREEN RB 6-2 228 JR DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Spruce Creek High, graduating 1999.
BUTLER COUNTY CC: FRESHMAN (2000-01): Attended Butler County CC in Kansas, where he was coached by ...rushed for 646 yards in eight games and scored three touchdowns...longest run a team-high 60 yards...also caught eight passes for 88 yards, with a long of 56...two kickoff returns for 28 yards...scored 24 points...averaged 95.3 all-purpose yards per game...SOPHOMORE (2001-02): Rushed for 1,010 yards for the Grizzlies as Butler County CC won the Kansas JCCC title with a 15-14 win over Garden City CC...the next week dropped a 31-19 contest to Georgia Military College in the Golden Isles Bowl...scored 72 points with 12 touchdowns, 10 rushing and two receiving...averaged .53 yards per carry...also caught 11 passes for 197 yards, with a long of 38...named by jcfootball.com as the 55th best player in junior college and the number five running back...best games included 29 carries for 168 yards against Coffeyville...rushed for 141 yards against Highland, 135 against Independence, 123 and 104 against Dodge City and 101 against Fort Scott...Butler County has 22 alumni who have played in the FNL, including former Idaho Vandal Mao Tosi and both Skip McClendon and Bruce Perkins at ASU.
WSU CAREER: Enrolled in January, 2002, and will participate in spring drills.
PERSONAL: Jermaine Green.
2. SPERRY, KEVIN LB 6-2 225 SO LOS ANGELES, CALIF.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended North Torrance high, graduating in 1997...three varsity football letters and two each in wrestling and baseball...senior captain in both football and wrestling...as a JUNIOR named to the South Bay League first team and also to the all-area team...team's defensive player of the year...during SENIOR season a repeat selection to the all-league team and defensive player of the year...team MVP winner.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Los Angeles Harbor CC...FRESHMAN year (2001) made 12 sacks and 17 TFL...set team record with 17 tackles in one game and had 14 tackles the previous week...All-Western State Conference first team selection for the Pacific Division, one of seven freshmen named to the team...team's defensive player of the year and team MVP winner...also received All-State and All-America recognition...team finished 5-5 and was the fifth ranked defensive team among California community colleges.
WSU CAREER: Enrolled in January, 2002, and will participate in spring drills...enrolled as a sophomore.
PERSONAL: Kevin Michael Sperry...born 12-19-78 at Inglewood, Calif...parents Bill and Donna Sperry...one brother Robert and two sisters Sandy and Tammy...father played football at Montana State...enjoys spending time with family and friends...took two years off between high school graduation and returning to school in 2000...interested in business.
3. BRAIDWOOD, ADAM DE/TE 6-5 245 FR DELTA, BC
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Seaquam High 2002...competed in football and basketball...football coach Chris Pechet...SENIOR year rated by PacWest Recruiting as the #5 defensive end in the west...named to the conference and provicial all-star team...earned provincial defensive most valuable player honors at defensive end.
PERSONAL: Adam Braidwood...born 06-01-84...parents Bill and Robin Braidwood...two brothers Brian and Scott...interested in English or history at WSU.
4. DAVIS, SCOTT RB/LB 6-0 205 FR KENNEWICK, WASH.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Kamiakin High 2002...also lettered in basketball (3) and track (3)...earned four varsity letters for football coach Craig Beverlin...football team captain senior season...SOPHOMORE season named to the All-Big Nine team at running back...second team linebacker...team and league MVP...as a JUNIOR re-peat all-league honoree as both a linebacker and running back and was co-MVP on defense...All-State selection...SENIOR year a Seattle Times All-State first team pick at linebacker and Red Chip prospect...Associated Press All-State 4-A first team linebacker ...Washington Prep Football Report All-State choice...the Braves were 7-4 overall and 6-3 in the Big Nine Conference...all-league first team running back and linebacker and league's co-player of the year...selected to participate in the East-West Shrine game...during three-year prep career made 249 tackles and had 26 sacks, seven interceptions and forced 28 fumbles...on offense gained 4,457 rushing yards and scored 61 touchdowns while averaging 6.0 ypc...also caught 42 passes for 592 yards....team was 25-7 his three years.
PERSONAL: Scott William Davis...born 10-19-83...parents Willie and Ann Davis...two brothers Steve and Ryan and one sister Andria.
5. HALL, BRIAN LB 6-3 230 FR WALLA WALLA, WASH.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from DeSales Catholic High 2002...also lettered in basketball and baseball...shortstop and pitcher on baseball team...football coach Mike Spiess for junior and senior seasons...football captain senior year...as a SOPHOMORE coached by Ken Cox...JUNIOR earned All-Southwest B-11 League first team honors...team won the league title, then lost in the State B-11 quarterfinals...baseball team won league and state title...earned a save in the B-11 State championship game...during SENIOR season rushed for 1,437 yards, scored 10 touchdowns, and average 10 tackles per game on defense...also caught 25 passes for 510 yards and six TDs...team was 11-1 overall and won the Southwest B-11 League title at 6-0...the Fighting Irish lost to Willapa Valley 39-18 in the B-11 State title game...named to the Associated Press All-State B-11 first team as both a running back and linebacker...Tacoma News Tribune All-State first team pick...Seattle Times Red Chip prospect...Washington Prep Football Report All-State choice at both running back and linebacker and also B-11 Player of the Year...Tri-City Herald all-area pick at linebacker...all-league first team running back.
PERSONAL: Brian Wesley Hall...born 07-04-83...parents Ricky and Janice Hall...one sister Darcy...grandfather James Horn played football at Fresno State...interested in an education degree.
6. MIHLHAUSER, NICK OL 6-3 275 FR ARROYO GRANDE, CALIF.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Arroyo Grande High 2002...also lettered in track...football coach Jon Huss...JUNIOR year played tackle, center and guard...earned All-Northern League honors...SENIOR year saw action at both center and guard...named lineman of the year in the Northern League and CIF Division IV offensive lineman of the year...All-Southern Section CIF offensive lineman...Los Angeles Times most valuable offensive lineman for Coastal Region.
PERSONAL: Nick Mihlhauser...born 07-06-84...parents Bob and Kathy Mihlauser...one brother Matt and one sister Kristine...father, Bob, played football for UCLA...interested in fire service or computer programming at WSU.
7. MULLENIX, MATT DE 6-5 235 FR SPANGLE, WASH.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Liberty High 2002...also has participated in baseball, basketball, wrestling and boxing...football coach Rod Fletcher...as a SENIOR named a Seattle Times Red Chip prospect...Washington Prep Football Report All-State choice...team was 2-7 overall...All-Northeast League first team pick as both a linebacker and running back...made 139 tackles.
PERSONAL: Matt Mullenix...born 03-12-84...parents Scott and Vicki Mullenix...father Scott, a police officer, was a linebacker for the Cougars 1974-75 under head coach Jim Sweeney...two sisters Kelsey and Jesse...prep GPA over 3.9...interested in a criminal justice major.
8. PETRICK, BILLY OL/LS 6-5 245 FR MORRIS, ILL.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Morris High June, 2002...football coach Dan Darlington...also an outstanding baseball pitcher with a 92 mph fastball...JUNIOR year named to the All-Suburban Prairie League first team as a pitcher...also picked to the all-area team...team finished 9-3...as a SENIOR the Redskin football team finished 13-1, losing in the State title game...named to the all-league first team as an offensive tackle and to the all-area second team.
PERSONAL: Billy Petrick...born 04-29-84...parents Bill and Linda Petrick...one brother Zach and one sister Stacey.
9. WARE, AARON DE 6-5 240 FR LACEY, WASH.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Timberline High 2002...competed in football, basketball and baseball...football coach Kevin Young...during JUNIOR season started both ways and was an all-league honoree...7.5 sacks...as a SENIOR named a Seattle Times Red Chip prospect...Washington Prep Football Report All-State second team choice...team finished 5-4 overall and 4-4 in the Pacific 9 League standings...all-league first team defensive lineman...had 105 tackles, including 40 solo...also played on the offensive line.
PERSONAL: Aaron Ware...born 12-14-83...parents Kevin and Sharon Ware...one brother Tracy Ball and one sister Michelle Ball...will explore a degree in either business or criminal justice.
10. ROBINSON, EDDIE TE 6-3 240 SO VENICE, CALIF.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Venice High...coached by Angelo Gasca...during JUNIOR year played defensive end, registering 53 tackles and three sacks...as a SENIOR picked by Super Prep Magazine as their #60 prospect in California/Hawaii/Arizona after catching 20 passes in nine games for 486 yards and 12 touchdowns...also named to the Prep Star Magazine All-West team and received All-State recognition.
TULANE CAREER: Attended Tulane, where he was coached by Chris Scelfo...FRESHMAN year (2000-01) saw limited action in six games, including action as a backup tight end...played on the field goal unit and in two tight end sets...no receptions.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Compton Community College for one year while completing work on his degree...did not play football.
WSU CAREER: Will enroll in August, 2002.
PERSONAL: Eddie Robinson...born 05-06-82...mother Denise Joiner...the oldest of five children...interested in a business major.
11. SMITH, JONATHON RB 5-10 188 JR PASADENA, CALIF.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Narbonne High...football coach ...SENIOR year named to the All-Los Angeles City team and was named the league's MVP...led all South Bay rushers with 1,679 yards with 146 carries and scored 22 touchdowns.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended East Los Angeles College...as a FRESHMAN (1999) rushed for 625 yards in six games...transferred to Pasadena CC and sat out the 2000 season...as a SOPHOMORE (2001) rushed for 2,049 yards and 22 touchdowns on 223 carries...and also caught 46 passes for 533 yards and nine TDs...finished with 2,863 all-purpose yards...set the league record with 31 touchdowns, and set a national JC record for single-game all-purpose yards, 515 against Cerritos (353 rushing102 receiving, 60 KO returns), and a California JC record for all-purpose yards in a season...broke the 63-year old (1938) PCC record of 18 touchdowns held by Jackie Robinson...his 515 all-purpose yards broke the mark of 506 by current New York Giant Jason Sehorn, then at Shasta College in 1991...Mission Conference first team pick and league's player of the year...picked by Super Prep Magzine as the #40 junior college player in the nation and their top running back...named to the JC Gridwire All-America first team...All-California Region IV first team pick...during the season had 15 runs of 30 yards or longer, 11 of 40 yards or longer, eight of 53 or longer and five of 62 or longer...in all set school single season records for rushing yards (2,049), all-purpose yards (2,863), touchdowns (31), points (186), most 100-yard rushing games (9), most 200-yard rushing games (4), and highest rushing average (9.2 ypc).
WSU CAREER: Will enroll in August, 2002.
PERSONAL: Jonathon Smith...born 10-19-81.
12. BONNELL, CARL QB 6-3 196 FR KENT, WASH.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Kentwood High 2002...competed in baseball and basketball, plus football, were he was coached by Tom Ingles...as a JUNIOR led Kentwood to a 12-2 record and the state semifinals...earned first team All-South Puget Sound League at quarterback...named to the Tacoma News Tribune all-area team...threw a no-hitter in baseball and was named rookie of the year...SENIOR year threw for 1,693 yards passing and 23 touchdowns and ran for an additional 10 touchdowns...picked up over 500 yards on the ground...team finished 13-1 and won the State 4-A title with a 38-24 win over Pasco...finished 7-1 in the South Puget Sound League North race...named by Associated Press as the 4-A Player of the Year and the Player of the Year for all classes in Washington...the #10 prospect in the Northwest by Super Prep Magazine...Tacoma News Tribune All-State first team pick...also named to the TNT all-area second team as a punter...Seattle Times All-State first team pick...Seattle Times Red Chip prospect...Washington Prep Football Report All-State choice...a Northwest Nugget honorable mention pick by the TNT...Western 100 pick by the TNT...league first team quarterback and punter...league's offensive back of the year...during three-year career was 37-4 and threw for over 4,300 yards plus 43 touchdowns.
PERSONAL: Carl Bonnell...born 09-20-83...parents Glenn and Theresa Bonnell...one sister Tiffany and one brother Ray, who is a member of the Cougar football team...interested in a management information systems major.
13. BOYD, CODY TE 6-8 220 FR. BELLINGHAM, WASH.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Ferndale High 2002...excelled in track, football and basketball during prep career...wants to play for the Cougar basketball team...football coach Vic Randall...during JUNIOR season all-league first team pick as a tight end and second team on defense...caught 22 passes for 470 yards and six scores...SENIOR season named to the Associated Press All-State 3-A team as the tight end...the #8 prospect in the Northwest by Super Prep Magazine...team finished 9-1 overall and won the Northwest League with a 7-0 mark...Seattle Times All-State first team pick...one of three players selected by the Seattle Times to their Blue Chip list...Washington Prep Football Report All-State choice...all-league first team tight end and defensive lineman...a Northwest Nugget honorable mention pick by the TNT...named to the Western 100 by the TNT...received 5 of a possible 10 votes in the Best in the West poll by the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
PERSONAL: Cody Boyd...born 10-22-83...parents Gary Verstegen and Karen Boyd...one brother Kevin and two sisters Jenny and Jessa...interested in either a criminal justice or engineering major.
14. BRUCE, MKRISTO ATH 6-6 210 FR RENTON, WASH.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Liberty High 2002...earned eight letters competing in basketball and track, along with football, where his coach was Steve Valach...as a JUNIOR started at quarterback and linebacker, where he was named honorable mention All-Kingco...SENIOR year named a Seattle Times Red Chip prospect...team finished 4-5 overall and 4-5 in the Kingco Conference...all-league first team pick as a linebacker and the second team quarterback...passed for 718 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing for 602 yards and six touchdowns...nominated to play in All-State game...selected Eastside Journal athlete of the week after leading Liberty to a 17-7 victory over No. 7 Newport.
PERSONAL: Mkristo Bruce...born 10-16-84...mother Julianne Bruce...has three brothers, Mtume, Sheadrah, and Julian, and four sisters, Malaika, Maisha, Timia, and Heaven...interested in communication at WSU.
15. DILDINE, STEVE RB/LB 6-1 205 FR GRAHAM, WASH.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Bethel High 2002...participated in baseball and football...football coach Eric Kurie...first football competition since the ninth grade came during SENIOR year when he rushed for 2,265 yards and a state record 45 all-purpose touchdowns...just the 27th player in State history to go over 2,000 yards rushing...team was 12-1 overall and won the South Puget Sound League South race with a perfect 8-0 record...lost to Kentwood in the State playoffs...in the State quarterfinals against South Kitsap rushed for 217 yards and three touchdowns and passes for one TD...selected to the Associated Press All-State 4-a first team...named the #17 prospect in the Northwest by Super Prep Magazine... Tacoma News Tribune All-State first team pick and all-area team...also area player of the year by TNT...Seattle Times All-State first team pick...Seattle Times Red Chip prospect...Washington Prep Football Report All-State choice and 4-A Player of the Year...all-league first team running back and league's back of the year...a Northwest Nugget honorable mention pick by the TNT.
PERSONAL: Steve Dildine...born 02-07-84...parents Curtis and Shelly Dildine...enjoys BMX biking competition, which occupied all his spare time until resuming his football career as a high school senior.
16. FRAMPTON, ERIC DB 6-0 180 FR SAN JOSE, CALIF.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Oak Grove High 2002...as a JUNIOR rushed for 17 touchdowns and was an all-league pick...SENIOR season team was 8-3...missed five games with a broken collar bone, but still had 30 tackles in six games...selected by Super Prep Magazine as the #61 prospect in California/Hawaii/Nevada...named to the Western 100 by the Tacoma News Tribune.
PERSONAL: Eric Frampton...born 02-06-84...father Arnold Framtpon...interested in computer science major.
17. FRANKLIN, ROBERT WR 6-3 195 FR GAINESVILLE, TEXAS
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Gainesville High 2002...competed in basketball and track, as well as football, where he was coached Mark Copeland...JUNIOR season attended Chapel Hill High, hauling in eight passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns...finished third in the state in the long jump with a mark of 24 feet two inches...ranked 14th in the nation in the 200 meter at the Junior Olympics...as a SENIOR attended Gainevsille High and was named offensive MVP for the 8-2 Bulldogs...first team all-area as a wide receiver and kick returner...caught 19 passes for 477 yards and six touchdowns...also had 12 rushing attempts for 207 yards...returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
PERSONAL: Robert Franklin...born 09-05-82...parents Robert Franklin and Sharon Mills...has three brothers, Damon, Ricardo, and Israel, and a sister, Shanikwa...interested in physical therapy at WSU.
18. JORDAN, CHRIS DB 6-1 190 FR KENT, WASH.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Kentlake High 2002...standout in both football and basketball...football coach Mark Torgerson...JUNIOR campaign was named second team All-South Puget Sound League as a defensive back and All-Area by the South County Journal...was part of the state championship Falcon 4x100 relay team...as a SENIOR in his first full year as a starter, led the league with 20 yards per reception, finishing with 34 catches...also had three interceptions and was the league's player of the year on defense...also a punter (38.8 average) and kicker (25 PATs, two field goals)...team finished 4-5 overall and 3-5 in the South Puget Sound League North race...named to the Associated Press All-State 4-A honorable mention team as a wide receiver...the #18 prospect in the Northwest by Super Prep Magazine...Tacoma News Tribune All-State first team pick and TNT's all-area second team selection...Seattle Times All-State first team pick on defense...Seattle Times Red Chip prospect...Washington Prep Football Report All-State choice...all-league first team wide receiver and defensive back and league's defensive back of the year.
PERSONAL: Chris Jordan...born 03-28-83...parents Russell Jordan and Shaun Linse...three sisters, Janell, Maya and Ayanna...interested in WSU's marketing program.
19. HOWARD, ODELL ATH 6-4 230 FR POMONA, CALIF.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Pomona High 2002...three-sport standout in football, basketball, and baseball...played football for John Capraro...JUNIOR season was named to the Inland Valley all-league team and All-CIF in football...also had an excellent season in basketball, earning Miramonte League player of the year honors...SENIOR season was named to the All-San Gabriel Valley team by the Los Angeles Times at quarterback...threw for 1,085 yards, including 10 touchdowns against only three interceptions...named Inland Valley player of the year and first team linebacker.
PERSONAL: Odell Kenneth Howard...born 06-07-83...mother Heather Shelton...interested in physical education or kinesiology at WSU.
20. RAINWATER, WES DB 5-11 180 FR RENTON, WASH.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Kentridge High 2002...participated in baseball and track along with football, where he was coached by Marty Osborn...as a SENIOR rushed for over 800 yards and had 1,224 all-purpose yards to go with eight touchdowns...in a first-round State playoff game scored twice in the first six minutes, a 22-yard run and a 71-yard punt return...team was 9-2 overall and shred South Puget Sound League North championship with a 7-1 mark...named the #15 prospect in the Northwest by Super Prep Magazine...Tacoma News Tribune all-area second team pick...Seattle Times Red Chip prospect...Washington Prep Football Report All-State choice...all-league first team running back and league's special teams MVP winner...a Northwest Nugget honorable mention pick by the TNT.
PERSONAL: Wes Rainwater...born 06-07-84...parents David Rainwater and Dayna Recker...three sisters, Lindsey, Morgan and Alexia...interested in a communications major.
21. TAYLOR, JESSE TE 6-4 240 FR WOODLAND HILLS, CALIF.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Chaminade High 2002...football coach Bill Culpepper...as a JUNIOR named to the all-league team as both a right end and linebacker...caught 20 passes for 420 yards and one score, while on defense he had 10 sacks and five forced fumbles...earned All-Mission League honors on offense and defense...prior to SENIOR raised eyebrows when he was named the most outstanding tight end at the Nike Camp in San Diego...caught 25 passes for 325 yards and four touchdowns...earned All-Mission League honors again...named the #103 prospect in California/Hawaii/Nevada by Super Prep Magazine...considered one of the top three tight ends in Southern California...received 3 of a possible 10 votes in the Best in the West poll by the Long Beach Press-Telegram...named to the Western 100 by the Tacoma News Tribune...played in CaliFlorida Bowl and was nominated to play in the Army All-American game.
PERSONAL: Jesse Taylor...born 09-04-84...parents Greg and Beth Taylor...two sisters Jen (attends UCLA) and Kim (plays soccer at Washington)...father played football for UCLA and was a starter in the 1976 Rose Bowl on the offensive line...enjoys bowling and snowboarding...interested in a business major.
22. TURNER, DON DB 6-0 190 FR SPOKANE, WASH.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from University High 2002...as a SOPHOMORE and JUNIOR started at wide receiver and defensive back...was named All-Greater Spokane League first team at both positions...led the Titans to a share of the GSL title...during SENIOR season caught 28 passes for 330 yards and seven touchdowns...also had three interceptions on defense...team was 5-3 overall...in his final prep game caught seven passes for 79 yards...returned one interception for a touchdown and scored twice on kickoff returns...named to the Associated Press All-State 4-A first team as a defensive back...All-Greater Spokane League first team pick...the #14 prospect in the Northwest, according to Super Prep Magazine...Seattle Times Red Chip prospect...all-league first team defensive back...a Northwest Nugget honorable mention pick by the TNT.
PERSONAL: Don Turner...born 07-09-83...parents Finis and Tammy Turner...interested in an education major with emphasis on physical education.
23. HOLLISON, SPENCER OL 6-6 270 FR RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CALIF.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Santa Margarita High 2002...JUNIOR season played right tackle and finished with 27.5 decleaters, the ninth best mark in school history...earned All-Serra League honors on the offensive line...also played defense, registering at least two tackles in every game...team captured Serra League title...as a SENIOR named by Super Prep Magazine as their #139 prospect in California/Hawaii/Nevada...racked up 37.5 decleaters, fourth-best in school history, and giving him the career record in that category with 67...repeat pick on the All-Serra League squad...paved the way for a running game that averaged over 200 yards per game and won another Serra League title...protected three Division I-A quarterbacks during his three-year stint as a starter for the Eagles, including Chris Rix of Florida State, Matt Dlugolecki of Illinois, and Marshall Tharpe of Colorado State...played at the same high school as former Cougar strong safety Billy Newman...started at right tackle in the CaliFlorida Bowl.
PERSONAL: Spencer Hollison...born .02-15-84...parents Ron and Debbie Hillison...one sister Whitney...uncle, Rick Jones, played fullback for the Cincinatti Bengals and New York Jets in the early 1970's.
24. MALONE, FLAMINGO TE/DB 6-4 210 FR. BEAUMONT, CALIF.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduates from Banning High 2002...also lettered in basketball...coached by Rich McClure...as a JUNIOR was named first team All-De Anza in football and basketball...earned All-CIF honors at defensive back...spent time playing a variety of positions, including, defensive back, linebacker, defensive end, and wide receiver...as a SENIOR earned first team All-De Anza honors in football as a defensive back for the Broncos...repeat selection on the All-CIF team.
PERSONAL: Flamingo Malone...born 07-18-83...parents Vernon Griffin and Elaine Thompson...one brother James and one sister Spakle...undecided on academic area of interest.
25. MOORE, SAMMY WR 6-0 180 JR MESA, ARIZ.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Westwood High...started for three years in football...also competed in track...as a JUNIOR won the state long jump title...SENIOR year received All-State honors and was an honorable mention All-America pick by USA Today...caught 41 passes for 869 yards...in final two prep seasons caught 79 passes for 1,360 yards, returned seven kickoffs for touchdowns, took two reverses in for scores and scored twice on interception returns...named to the Western 100 by the Tacoma News Tribune and was their #7 wide receiver...repeat winner of the Arizona long jump championship...Super Prep Magazine selection as the #60 prospect in California/Hawaii/Arizona and a Super Prep Magazine All-American as their #31 receiver...Prep Star Magazine named him to their All-West team as their #4 receiver.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Bakersfield CC...head coach Dallas Gridder...SOPHOMORE year (2001) selected by Super Prep Magazine as the #52 junior college player in the nation and the #8 receiver...returned 29 punts and 10 kickoffs a collective 540 yards and took two into the endzone...named the MVP winner in Bakersfield's win over Antelope Valley in the Potato Bowl...in the bowl game he caught four passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns and also returned a punt 43 yards...during two-year jaycee career caught 47 passes for 876 yards and 11 touchdowns.
WSU CAREER: Will enroll in August, 2002.
PERSONAL: Sammy Moore.
26. JACKSON, DONNIE LB 6-1 218 JR. NATCHEZ, MISS.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Natchez High...did not play football until his junior year.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Grossmont College...coached by Dave Jordan...during SOPHOMORE season helped key a 9-1 record for Grossmont while playing inside linebacker...had 29 tackles in one game...earned California JC All-State first team honors in Region 3...JC Gridwire third team All-America pick...unanimous All-Foothills Conference selection...named team's MVP winner on defense.
WSU CAREER: Will enroll in August, 2002.
PERSONAL: Donnie Jackson...born 01-12-81...mother Mildred Jackson...interested in an education degreen.