Paul Wulff Announces 2009 Cougar Football Recruiting Class
22 Student-athletes sign NLI's
Feb. 4, 2009
Coach Rasmussen Cougar Chat
PULLMAN, Wash. -
Washington State University head football coach Paul Wulff has announced the following student-athletes have enrolled at WSU for the spring semester, signed a national letter-of-intent and/or will enroll at WSU this fall:
NAME POS HT WT YR HOMETOWN (LAST SCHOOL)
Atofau, Jamal S 5-10 185 FR Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue)
Barrington, Andre LB 6-1 205 FR Federal Way, Wash. (Federal Way)
Buckley, Quayshawne DL 6-4 285 FR Ontario, Calif. (Colony)
Burns, Arthur RB 5-10 210 FR Corona, Calif. (Centennial)
Carpenter, Anthony S 6-1 177 FR Los Angeles (Serra)
Clayton, Justin DL 6-4 250 FR Napa, Calif. (Justin-Siena)
Forzani, Johnny* WR 6-1 200 RS-SO Calgary, Alberta
(Dr. EP Scarlett/Douglas College)
Hosea, Asi DB 5-10 178 FR Salt Lake City, Utah (Cottonwood)
Gilbertson, David & QB 6-2 200 FR Woodinville, Wash (Redmond)
Kaufusi, Sekope LB 6-4 230 FR Palo Alto, Calif. (Woodside)
Locker, Casey DB 5-11 175 FR Ferndale, Wash. (Ferndale)
Long, Travis DE 6-4 245 FR Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga Prep)
Markle, Darren LB 6-1 232 FR Meridian, Idaho (Mountain View)
Mastin, Chris DL 6-2 210 FR Spokane, Wash. (Lewis and Clark)
Prescott, William OL 6-5 285 FR Riverside, Calif. (Martin Luther King)
Pu'u Robinson, Jordan DL 6-4 256 FR Wailuku, Hawaii (Baldwin)
Rankin, Brandon DL 6-5 260 JR Shallotte, N.C. (Butte College/West Brunswick HS)
Simone, Gino WR 6-0 170 FR Sammamish, Wash. (Skyline)
Thompson, Terell LB 6-2 215 FR Aurora, Colo. (Eaglecrest '09)
Tuel, Jeff QB 6-3 207 FR Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West)
Valenzuela, Sebastian OL 6-2 315 FR Burbank, Calif. (John Burroughs)
Washington, Nolan DB 5-10 175 FR Burien, Wash. (Kennedy)
Winston, Carl RB 5-9 200 FR Harbor City, Calif. (Serra)
*Enrolled at WSU in January, 2009
&Did not sign NLI and will enroll in Fall 2009
The following junior college transfers enrolled at WSU in January and are attending classes:
FORZANI, JOHNNY WR 6-1 / 200 RS-SO Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Dr. EP Scarlett)
WSU (2009): Enrolled in spring semester and worked out with the team...rated the No. 3 sleeper prospect by The College Football Place...has three years of eligibility remaining.
DOUGLAS COLLEGE (Canada): Played basketball in 2006-07 and team won the Canadian National Championship.
HIGH SCHOOL: Did not play high school football, as program folded his sophomore year...three-year letterwinner and two-year team captain in basketball...JUNIOR year led city of Calgary in scoring with 30 points per game...SENIOR year led province in scoring with 42 ppg...set city record against St. Francis with 64 points.
PERSONAL: Member of the CFL's Calgary Stampeders practice squad during 2007-08...played with the Stampeders' junior team, the Calgary Colts...led league in yards-per-catch (21.0)...named first-team all-star, Rookie of the Year and Most Outstanding Receiver...team lost in championship game...father Tom played football in the CFL for 12 years and is in the CFL Hall of Fame...father and two uncles played collegiate football for Utah State...mother Sue...sisters Stevie and Kelsey...plans to pursue a degree in communications.
WULFF COMMENTS ON FORZANI: Johnny is a player we found and very fortune to have him in with three seasons and a spring ball in front of him. Johnny gives us some size at receiver and some speed that we have lacked consistently. I'm excited about his potential. He's another guy who can jump leaps and bounds in his performance as he gains experience.
The following signees plan to enroll at WSU in August, 2009:
ATOFAU, JAMAL DB 5-10/185 FR Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue)
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned three varsity letters under head coach Butch Goncharoff...SENIOR year was named Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nugget honorable mention...Seattle Times Red Chip prospect...garnered KingCo 3-A Defensive Player of the Year honors...also named Seattle PI Defensive Player of the Year...named preseason all-state by MaxPreps...rushed for two touchdowns and caught three passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in state semifinal game against Capital...rated No. 5 amongst Washington prospects by Rivals.com...rated No. 40 at his position nationally by Rivals.com...rated No. 97 on Scout.com's West Hot 150...rated No. 27 on Scout.com's Northwest Hot 100...rated No. 57 at his position nationally by Scout.com.
PERSONAL: Jamal Atofau...born in Long Beach, Calif...mother Janet Atofau...uncle Jack Thompson played at Washington State and in the NFL, while cousin Tony Thompson is a current member of the Cougar football team.
WULFF COMMENTS ON ATOFAU: Jamal is a very physical football player, a blue collar, tough kid who will fit Washington State very well. I am excited about what he is going to bring instantly on the football field and his future career.
BARRINGTON, ANDRE DB / LB 6-1 / 205 Federal Way, Wash. (Federal Way '09)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter for head coach John Meagher in football...also lettered four times in basketball and track...JUNIOR year was named All-South Puget Sound League North Division on both sides of the ball...garnered first team accolades as a running back after rushing for 1,028 yards and 13 touchdowns...scored 15 total touchdowns and four two-point conversions...second team honors as a defensive back...SENIOR year was named honorable mention Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nugget and a Seattle Times Red Chip prospect...Associated Press 4-A All-State honorable mention at linebacker...was also named to the TNT All-State Team, the Seattle PI All-Star Team and the Seattle Times Star Times Team on defense...TNT All-Area First Team at linebacker...All-SPSL on both sides of the ball once again, first team at running back and second team at linebacker...named preseason all-state at running back by MaxPreps...rushed for 1,171 yards and nine touchdowns during the regular season...also played basketball for the Eagles, and is currently averaging 9.5 points per game as the team's starting guard...rated No. 12 amongst Washington prospects by Rivals.com...rated No. 141 on Scout.com's West Hot 150...rated No. 48 on Scout.com's Northwest Hot 100...rated No. 59 at his position nationally by Scout.com...
PERSONAL: Roderic Andre Barrington...goes by Andre...born in Fort Lewis, Wash...parents Roderic and Brenda...has an older brother, Travis, and younger sister, Brittany.
WULFF COMMENTS ON BARRINGTON: Andre is a good athlete. He is going to mature and as he matures he is going to develop and his frame is going to allow him to be a nice, big linebacker when it is all said and done. He is going to be a very good player as he grows into his position.
BUCKLEY, QUAYSHAWNE DL 6-4/285 FR Ontario, Calif. (Colony)
BURNS, ARTHUR RB 5-10/210 FR Corona, Calif. (Centennial)
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned three varsity letters in football under head coach Anthony Rice...also earned two letters on the basketball court...JUNIOR year named to the 2007 All-Southern Section Central Division First Team...All-CIF Second Team...first-team Mount Baldy League...helped team to 12-2 record and CIF title...collected 11 sacks on season while earning team Defensive MVP honors... following SENIOR season earned team MVP honors with seven sacks and 61 tackles...first-team all-league, all-county and al-CIF...rated No. 99 amongst California prospects according to Scout.com... ranked alphabetically (11-31) among the best offensive guard prospects in the West by Scout.com.
PERSONAL: Quayshawne Buckley...born in Ontario, Calif...parents Kamonte and Roshine...has two brothers and a sister...enjoys listening to music and weightlifting...plans to pursue a degree in sociology at WSU.
WULFF COMMENTS ON BUCKLEY: We plan on playing Quayshawne as a defensive tackle. He is a 6-foot-3, 280-pounder who is extremely strong and physical. If he grasps our concepts and the speed of the game, he could potentially play in his first year. Hopefully he can push himself into that two-deep at the defensive tackle position.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned three varsity letters in football under head coach Matt Logan, and three letters in track...SENIOR year rushed for more than 1,800 yards, leading Centennial to the State Division I Bowl...rated No.54 amongst California prospects by Scout.com...rated No. 48 amongst California prospects by Rivals.com...rated No. 39 at his position nationally by Rivals.com...rated No. 84 on Scout.com's West Hot 150...rated No. 11 in the west at his position by Scout.com...rated No. 8 at his position in California...SectionSports.com All-Southern Section First Team.
PERSONAL: Born Arthur Steven Burns in Glendora, Calif...parents Larry and Carmen Reed...younger brother Miles and younger sister, Saivana...uncle Artis Houston played at UC Berkeley and in the NFL.
WULFF COMMENTS ON BURNS: Arthur is a late bloomer. He really didn't start until his senior year but is a big, physical runner. Again, he is another player that gives us a physical presence in the running game and some good quickness. He can do multiple things as well. I really like the type of program he comes from; he knows how to work hard and compete.
CARPENTER, ANTHONY S 6-1 / 177 FR Los Angeles, Calif. (Serra)
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner for head coach Scott Altenberg...three-year captain for the Cavaliers...FRESHMAN year was the first frosh in school history to play varsity football...team finished second in the Del Rey League...SOPHOMORE year started five games at quarterback...earned second-team all-league after throwing for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns...also picked up 400 yards and two touchdowns on the ground...team went 9-3 and finished second in league...named team's offensive rookie of the year...JUNIOR year started at safety, garnering first-team all-league honors...recorded 74 tackles, 15 pass break-ups, one interception and two fumble recoveries, one of which was returned for a touchdown...also passed for 80 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 350 yards and four touchdowns...team went 10-2 and won the league title...SENIOR year was once again named first-team all-league at defensive back...recorded 60 tackles, six pass break-ups, two sacks and one fumble recovery...also returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown...on offense threw for 74 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 250 yards and two touchdowns...named to first-team All-Del Rey League on defense...team went 13-1 and lost in the championship game...rated No. 75 amongst California prospects by Scout.com... rated No. 82 amongst California prospects by Rivals.com...rated No. 59 at his position by Rivals.com...rated No. 117 on Scout.com's West Hot 150...also lettered three times in track, serving as team captain as a senior.
PERSONAL: Anthony Sean Carpenter...father Alvin...mother Lori...brother Alex...cousin Ronnie Smith played baseball at CSU-Northridge...enjoys making model cars, art, video games and reading...member of Serra High's Leadership and Letterman and Young Black Scholars Clubs...maintained a high school grade-point average of 3.1...plans to pursue a degree in sport management.
WULFF COMMENTS ON CARPENTER: Anthony is very intelligent. He is kind of the quarterback, and has the leadership skills of a quarterback, on the defense. He has those kinds of skills. The nice thing about Anthony is we want to play him at safety, but he has the range and probably the quickness to play corner as well. He is the type of player with the intelligence and physical abilities to do both.
CLAYTON, JUSTIN DT 6-4 / 250 FR Napa, Calif. (Justin-Siena)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner for head coach Rich Cotruvo...played both offensive and defensive line... SOPHOMORE year team went 8-3...JUNIOR year garnered first-team all-county on defense...was also named first-team all-league on both offense and defense...named team's Rock Award winner...team went 6-5 and made the playoffs...SENIOR year was team captain...team went 9-4 and won the North Coast Division IV Championship...named Marin County Athletic League's Linemen of the Year...Napa County Defensive Player of the Year...CalHiSports small schools first-team all-state...named third-team All-Golden State by Scout.com...named second-team all-metro by the San Francisco Chronicle...second-team California Division 3 All-State by MaxPreps...rated No. 33 amongst Northern California recruits by Rivals.com...Scout.com ranks him No. 10 among defensive tackles in the West...once again garnered team's Rock Award...also lettered once in both baseball and basketball.
PERSONAL: Justin Guy Clayton...father Richard...mother Kimberly...sister Katie...enjoys working out, playing video games and watching movies...plans to pursue a degree in either business or criminal justice.
WULFF COMMENTS ON CLAYTON: We had Justin in camp last summer and that was a telling point for us. We saw some things there that would definitely help our program. He is a flexible athletic, a defensive lineman, somewhere along there. He's got a nice frame, is going to be big and strong, and play with a darn good motor. Again, another smart football player and we really like his motor.
HOSEA, ASI DB 5-10/178 FR Salt Lake City, Utah (Cottonwood)
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned two varsity letters at Cottonwood under head coach Cecil Thomas...also lettered in wrestling and track...SOPHOMORE year won the Hawaii State 300 meter hurdle championship...moved to Salt Lake City prior to JUNIOR year where he recorded 58 tackles with three interceptions and eight pass break-ups...Salt Lake Tribune All-Region selection...Deseret News honorable mention...earned Hardest Hitter and Newcomer team awards...SENIOR year was 4-A All-State Second Team by Deseret News, along with All-Region pick by Salt Lake Tribune...recorded 53 tackles on the season (39 solo)...also recorded one interception and nine PBU's...had 19 tackles and two PBU's in State championship game...also recorded 19 tackles in State semifinals against Pineview...rated No. 79 on Scout.com's Northwest Hot 100.
PERSONAL: Amipeliasi Lemeki Hosea...goes by Asi...born in Nuku'alofa, Tonga...parents Charles and Vinise...has three brothers and three sisters...cousin Stanley Havili plays football at USC and cousin Haloti Ngata currently plays for the Baltimore Ravens...enjoys music, dancing and camping...plans to pursue a degree in business at WSU.
WULFF COMMENTS ON HOSEA: We had Asi in camp last summer. He is a tough, hard-nosed player that can help us on special teams right away. He is a very physical football player who loves the game.
KAUFUSI, SEKOPE LB 6-4 / 230 FR Palo Alto, Calif. (Woodside)
HIGH SCHOOL: Played linebacker and tight end for head coach Steve Nicolopulos...also punted and returned kicks...JUNIOR year was named first-team All-Peninsula Athletic League at defensive end...also garnered team's defensive most valuable player...SENIOR year was team captain...PAL's Defensive Player of the Year...San Mateo County Defensive Player of the Year...first-team all-metro, first-team all-county and first-team All-PAL...earned team's defensive most valuable player for the county's top-ranked defense...rated No. 11 in the Contra Costa Times' Cream of the Crop...also played basketball and was a two-year captain...named most improved player on the hardwood as a sophomore.
PERSONAL: Sekope T. Kaufusi...father Leon Gage and mother Loisi Tulono...brothers Eddie and Piula Gage...twin sisters Lupe and Mele Kaufusi...cousin Will Taufoou plays football at California...enjoys hanging out with family and friends and playing piano...president of Woodside's Polynesian Club as a senior and vice president as a junior...member of Stanford's Upward Bound Program...also a member of Students Offering Support...plans to pursue a degree in business.
WULFF COMMENTS ON KAUFUSI: Sekope is young; he just turned 17 in September. He is a big, raw athlete who has all the possibilities to play multiple positions but outside linebacker is where we want to give him his first shot. Tremendous potential down the road and he has a bright future at Washington State.
LOCKER, CASEY DB 5-11 / 175 FR Ferndale, Wash. (Ferndale `09)
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for head coach Jamie Plenkovich...played both quarterback and safety...two-year captain for the Eagles...FRESHMAN year team went a perfect 14-0 and won the state championship...SOPHOMORE year named first-team All-Northwest League at safety...team went 10-1...JUNIOR year named Northwest League's Most Valuable Player, and garnered all-league accolades on both sides of the ball...Associated Press 3-A All-State honorable mention...completed 63-of-121 passes for 1,115 yards and 10 touchdowns with only three interceptions...also rushed for 675 yards and 12 touchdowns...SENIOR year was named Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nugget honorable mention and Seattle Times Red Chip prospect...Seattle Times and TNT All-State on defense... AP 3-A All-State quarterback... Whatcom County Herald All-Area and MVP...was again named league MVP, as well as first-team all-league at both quarterback and defensive back...team went 11-1...named preseason all-state by MaxPreps...completed 65-of-113 passes for 1,256 yards and 14 touchdowns...once again threw only three interceptions...rushed for 693 yards on 87 carries, and scored 11 touchdowns and a two-point conversion... rated No. 70 on Scout.com's Northwest Hot 150...Scout.com also has him at No. 35 on Washington's Top 40 list...also lettered four times in baseball and three times in basketball...garnered first-team all-league honors on the diamond as a freshman and was named the league's most valuable player as a junior...was also named all-state first team as a junior.
PERSONAL: Casey Lee Locker...father John and mother Traci...brothers Riley and Brady...sister Haley...Brady plays baseball for Skagit Valley...cousin Jake Locker plays quarterback for Washington...grandfather Ed Brown went to WSU...enjoys hanging out with friends...summer prior to senior year member of 7-on-7 team that won national title, along with future Cougar teammates Nolan Washington and Gino Simone.
WULFF COMMENTS ON LOCKER: Casey and Nolan and Gino all spent time in the summer league that won the 7-on-7 national championship. Casey is one of those guys who is tough but not a real big talker. We need him to continue to develop; he's our kind of guy; tough, blue-collar kid. He'll be a great Coug for this team and program, a kind of guy who has a tremendous IQ.
LONG, TRAVIS TE / DE 6-4 / 245 FR Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga Prep '09)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter for head coach David McKenna...played tight end, defensive end and linebacker for the Bullpups...played four years of varsity basketball and one year of baseball....SOPHOMORE year named All-Greater Spokane League Second Team as a linebacker...team posted 12-1 reord and finished third in State...had three blocked punts and three interceptions...averaged 12 points per game on basketball court...JUNIOR year was a repeat All-GSL pick at linebacker...named Junior All-State by Ron Siegel...helped team to 7-3 record, blocking one punt and recording one interception...averaged 10 points per game on the basketball court and was voted team captain...SENIOR year named Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nugget honorable mention and Seattle Times Red Chip prospect...Associated Press 4-A All-State First Team and Seattle Times All-State as a defensive linemen...TNT All-State as a tight end...GSL Co-Defensive Player of the Year with fellow Cougar signee Chris Mastin...first-team All-GSL at defensive line...team captain...rushed for 350 yards and and three touchdowns, while catching six passes for 141 yards and one score...named preseason all-state at tight end by MaxPreps...rated No. 13 amongst Washington prospects by Rivals.com...rated No. 70 on Scout.com's West Hot 150...member of TNT's Western 100...rated No. 17 on Scout.com's Northwest Hot 100...rated No. 5 amongst tight ends in the West by Scout.com...rated No. 42 at tight end nationally by Scout.com....on the basketball court has started every game this season and was voted team captain.
PERSONAL: Born Travis Marshall Long at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Wash...parents Alan Long and Kathleen Cronquist...stepfather Michael Cronquist...younger sister, Anna...has two uncles, two aunts and stepfather who attended WSU...cousin Chris Snyder played football at Montana in the NFL...uncle Steve Snyder played football at Montana State...enjoys listening to music, swimming and boating...3.89 high school GPA...U.S. Army Scholar-Athlete Award as a junior...National Honor Society member...plans to pursue a degree in engineering at WSU.
WULFF COMMENTS ON LONG: Travis is a 3.9 student who has all the intangibles we are looking for. He has a lot of similarities to (current Cougar) Kenny Alfred, not on the athletic side of it, but when talking about toughness, smarts, competitiveness. He is not going to take a back seat to anybody. He is young and has some learning to do, but when it is all said and done, Travis is going to have a great career here.
MARKLE, DARREN LB 6-1 / 232 FR Meridian, Idaho (Mountain View '09)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner for head coach Judd Benedick...SOPHOMORE year was the only sophomore named first-team All-Southern Idaho Conference...led SIC with 8.5 sacks as a defensive end...was the only sophomore starter for the Mavericks...team made playoffs...recorded 61 tackles (48 solo), four tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries...JUNIOR year selected to Nike Football US Underclassmen All-America Team (honorable mention)...named first-team All-SIC at linebacker for league's top-rated defensive squad...named team's defensive most valuable player...recorded 107 tackles, six sacks and forced a fumble...also rushed four times for 61 yards and a touchdown...won the Treasure Valley Linemen Challenge...SENIOR year led squad to a third place finish at state...named first-team 5-A All-State at linebacker by the Idaho Statesman and the Idaho Press-Tribune...named all-region by the Press-Tribune...repeat selection to the All-SIC squad...named team's defensive player of the year...registered 101 tackles in nine games...also recorded 13 TFLs, two sacks four forces fumbles, two blocked PATs and an interception...completed his career as school's all-time leading tackler...namedTacoma News Tribune Northwest Nugget honorable mention... ...rated No. 51 at his position nationally by Rivals.com...rated No. 2 amongst Idaho prospects by Rivals.com... rated No. 57 on Scout.com's West Hot 150...member of TNT's Western 100...rated No. 32 on Scout.com's Northwest Hot 100...also wrestled one year at 198 pounds as a freshman, finishing sixth at districts...ran track as a sprinter, and was a member of the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams that won the district championship.
PERSONAL: Darren Joseph Markle...father Parry won the NCAA powerlifting championship at BYU...mother Kareen was a member of BYU's golf team...sister Devin is currently a member of Utah State's gymnastics team...has another sister Casey...grandfather Frank Gibson played basketball at San Jose State and Stanford...enjoys football, weight lifting, friends and playing NCAA Football...honor roll student every semester...four-year member of the All-SIC Academic Team...boasts a 3.9 grade-point average...selected to the 2007 US Junior National Powerlifting Team...won the national championship in the 242-pound weight class at the US High School Powerlifting Championships (2007), breaking the national total record...won the state championship in the 220-pound weight class at the Idaho State Powerlifting Championships (2007), claiming the Best Lifter of the Meet award and setting two Idaho records...national champion in the bench press for his age group at the 2006 US High School National Powerlifting Championships (finished fourth overall)...active in church youth program...class president...two-time student of the month...voted Homecoming Junior Prince.
WULFF COMMENTS ON MARKLE: Darren is an extremely passionate football player. He's a workout-aholic. He will help our team, no question. He will have his stumbling blocks, like we all do because we don't grow, take the big jumps, until we stumble a little bit. Physically he has all the strength so now it is more working on quickness, recognition and reaction time to things, but that is going to take reps. Darren loves football and he is going to be a great addition to the Cougar family.
MASTIN, CHRIS LB / DL 6-2 / 210 FR Spokane, Wash. (Lewis and Clark '09)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner for head coach Tom Yearout...JUNIOR year led the Tigers to the 4-A state championship...named All-Greater Spokane League First Team at defensive line...named team's best defensive linemen...SENIOR year was a team captain...named Seattle Times Red Chip prospect and Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nugget honorable mention...named to all-state teams at defensive line by the Associated Press, the Seattle Times and the Tacoma News Tribune...GSL Co-Defensive Player of the Year with fellow Cougar signee Travis Long...named preseason all-state by MaxPreps...honored with team's Most Inspirational award...rated No. 14 amongst Washington prospects by Rivals.com...rated No. 100 on Scout.com's West Hot 150...rated No. 28 on Scout.com's Northwest Hot 100...rated No. 55 at his position nationally by Scout.com...also played basketball for the Tigers.
PERSONAL: Christopher Mastin...father Chris Mastin...mother Kristie Jordan...brothers Haki and Xavier Mastin and Jyvon Tauda...grandfather Ervin Mastin played baseball at Tennessee...enjoys movies and traveling...plans to pursue a degree in pharmacy at WSU.
WULFF COMMENTS ON MASTIN: Chris is a football player. We had him in camp and he is instinctive and he's tough. He's not the biggest guy right now, but with patience you are going to see a guy big enough to be a play maker in the Pac-10 and a major contributor to this team. We just need to let him develop physically.
PRESCOTT, WILLIAM OL 6-5/277 FR Riverside, Calif. (Martin Luther King HS)
RANKIN, BRANDON DL 6-5 / 260 JR Shallotte, N.C. (Butte College/West Brunswick HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned three varsity letters in football under head coach ken Mushinske...JUNIOR year garnered All-Ivy League Second Team honors as team reached CIF semifinals...SENIOR season earned All-Big VIII League First Team honors, Riverside Country All Star and All-Region honorable mention honors...named winner of Wolfpack Award, the top team award at MLK...ranked alphabetically (11-25) among the best offensive tackle prospects in the West by Scout.com.
PERSONAL: Born William Prescott in Point Roberts, Wash...goes by Will...parents Tom and Suzanne...has one older brother, Robert, who played football at East Central Oklahoma...father played football at Snow College...3.1 high school GPA.
WULFF COMMENTS ON PRESCOTT: William is a big, athletic kid who will get better in time as he gets in the weight room. We saw him early in the spring and we liked him and as he continues to develop. He has a great future.
HIGH SCHOOL: played for head coach Jim Fletcher...SENIOR year named the 2006 Star-News Defensive Player of the Year following a season which produced 93 tackles, eight sacks and six blocked kicks.
BUTTE COLLEGE: As a FRESHMAN notched 17 tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss and two sacks...SOPHOMORE year collected 62 tackles, 19 tackles-for-loss and an astounding 24 sacks in helping Butte to the national JC championship...named 2008 National and California JC Defensive Player of the Year...2008 All-America First Team and All-California First Team...Northern California Conference Defensive Player of the Year and voted MVP following 17-9 victory over Mount San Antonio in California State championship game... ranked as the No. 7 defensive end prospect in junior college by Scout.com.
WULFF COMMENTS ON RANKIN: Brandon is a very gifted football player that we are still working on with his course work and it may be another year before he comes in. He is a special talent, a very good kid. We want nothing but the best for him and once we get him here, he will really flourish by being in a steady environment.
PU'U ROBINSON, JORDAN DL 6-4 / 256 FR Wailuku, Hawaii (Baldwin)
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year letterwinner...JUNIOR year started at both tight end and quarterback at Kamehameha Maui High...garnered second-team All-Maui Interscholastic League honors...SENIOR year transferred to Baldwin High...named team captain for head coach A.J. Roloos...played both defensive end and tight end...garnered all-state honors...named first-team All-MIL...rated No. 54 on Scout.com's Northwest Hot 100...rated No. 14 amongst tight ends in the West by Scout.com.
PERSONAL: Jordan Pu'u-Robinson...father Keaka...mother Leslie...brothers Pono and Kainalu...enjoys sports, the beach and family and friends...plans to pursue a degree in business at WSU.
WULFF COMMENTS ON PU'U ROBINSON: Jordan is another big-frame athletic guy who has played a few different positions in high school, primarily tight end and just learned defensive line this past year, his senior season. He has all the potential in the world and is going to have some growth and learning to do but as he develops into his frame and his athleticism. The future could be very bright if he wants to be a great player, he will be. We really like his potential to help us somewhere along the defensive line.
SIMONE, GINO WR 6-0 / 170 FR Sammamish, Wash. (Skyline '09)
HIGH SCHOOL: earned three varsity letters under head coach Mat Taylor...SOPHOMORE year named first-team all-league as a wide receiver...caught 38 passes for 549 yards and seven touchdowns...scored eight touchdowns total on the season...had nine catches for 243 yards and four scores against Liberty...All-State Honorable Mention...JUNIOR year led Spartans to the 3-A state championship...was named Associated Press 3-A All-State First Team, Tacoma News Tribune All-State and Seattle Times All-State...Seattle Times Star Times and Seattle PI All-Area...first-team all-league at both wide receiver and defensive back...KingCo 3A Offensive Player of the Year caught 49 passes during the regular season for 1,042 yards and league-leading 14 touchdowns...had a 99-yard reception...also had four two-point conversions...SENIOR year led Spartans to the 4-A state championship...Seattle Times Blue Chip prospect and Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nugget...named All-State by the Seattle Times, TNT and AP...TNT State Player of the Year...once again named all-league on both sides of the ball...named preseason all-state by MaxPreps...selected for East vs. West All-Star game...caught 54 passes for 862 yards and 13 touchdowns...also returned four kickoffs for touchdowns...holds school records for touchdowns in a career (40), season (19) and game (4), and career recieivng yards (2,827)...rated No. 72 at his position nationally by Rivals.com...rated No. 2 amongst Washington prospects by Rivals.com...rated No. 44 on Scout.com's West Hot 150...rated No. 295 on Scout.com's National Top 300...rated No. 7 in the west at his position by Scout.com...member of TNT's Western 100... rated No. 18 on Scout.com's Northwest Hot 100...rated No. 39 at his position nationally by Scout.com...received a rating of four stars by Scout.com.
PERSONAL: Born Gino Simone in Bellevue, Wash...parents Ronnie and Patty...has one cousin who will attend WSU beginning in 2009...father played football at Arizona State...enjoys bowling and playing basketball...summer prior to senior year member of 7-on-7 team that won national title, along with future Cougar teammates Nolan Washington and Casey Locker...Scholar-Athlete.
WULFF COMMENTS ON SIMONE: Gino is very mature beyond his years. I like how he handles himself on and off the field. Obviously he comes from a winning program but things don't seem to faze him. We are going to ask him to hopefully contribute as early as he can in his career, maybe even in the first year. He has enough maturity to do that and I think it is a great match with Coach (Mike) Levenseller and just continue to refine a player that is fairly refined for a high school football player. I really envision Gino to be a catalyst for this class.
THOMPSON, TERELL LB 6-2 / 215 Aurora, Colo. (Eaglecrest '09)
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four varsity letters in football under head coach Tom Doherty...also lettered three times in basketball for coach John Olander...SOPHOMORE season gained 1,896 total yards and scored 18 touchdowns...JUNIOR year rushed for 963 yards and eight touchdowns ...earned All-Centennial League Second Team honors...named team and offensive MVP...team captain...SENIOR year began by rushing for 399 yards and six touchdowns in 47-26 win over Arapahoe, shattering both Eaglecrest and Centennial League records... rushed for 1,368 yards and scored 18 touchdowns on season...named to 2008 Aurora Sentinel All-City First Team as a running back and was an All-Centennial League First Team selection...repeated as team captain.
PERSONAL: Terell Markis Thompson...parents Clinton and Jennifer Carruthers...uncle Gary Richard played football at the University of Pittsburgh...has two sisters, one older and one younger...plans to pursue a degree in sport management or business at WSU.
WULFF COMMENTS ON THOMPSON: Terell is another big, rangy athlete that has tremendous growth potential. We plan on playing him at linebacker to begin with. Over the years we have had a lot of success with guys who were running backs during their high school career and later moved to linebacker due to their athleticism.
TUEL, JEFF QB 6-3 / 207 FR Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner...FRESHMAN year played at Salpointe Catholic in Tucson, Ariz...JUNIOR year served as backup quarterback to Beau Sweeney (California)...played wide receiver and caught six passes for 68 yards...also rushed 14 times for 59 yards and one touchdown...was 6-for-6 on two-point conversions...SENIOR year led Clovis West to the California Division I Central Section Championship...named Valley Championship's Player of the Game...named first-team all-valley and first-team All-Tri-River Athletic Conference...named team's offensive player of the year...completed 136-of-271 passes for 1,714 yards and 12 touchdowns...rushed 152 times for 674 yards and five touchdowns...2,379 all-purpose yards accounted for 56 percent of team's total offense...also accounted for 43 percent of team's scoring...rated No. 88 amongst California prospects by Scout.com...rated No. 137 on Scout.com's West Hot 150...also lettered three times in baseball.
PERSONAL: Jeffrey Tuel...born in Boca Raton, Fla...father Jeff...mother Valerie...sister Amanda...grandfather Dave Hurm was an All-American in baseball at Duke...uncle Mark Hurm played football at Florida...enjoys hunting, fishing and cars...honor student every semester of high school...won the 2008 Scholar-Athlete Award...carries a 3.6 grade-point average in high school.
WULFF COMMENTS ON TUEL: I am very high on Jeff, he has a bright future. He has a lot of football still to learn, but there are signs of some great tools, physically and mentally. We need to get him playing football as soon as we can, get him as many reps as he can. The more he can practice the quicker he's going to make jumps by leaps and bounds. He's the type of player that can lead this program in the future. We all have to be patient with him because he is going to make his mistakes but he has a chance to be a special player someday.
VALENZUELA, SEBASTIAN OL 6-2 / 315 FR Burbank, Calif. (John Burroughs '09)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner for head coach Keith Knoop...SOPHOMORE year named second-team All-Pacific League...JUNIOR year named league's most valuable offensive linemen...Burbank Leader All-Area First Team...named team's most valuable linemen...SENIOR year team captain was named All-CIF Southern Section First Team...repeated as Pacific League's Most Valuable Linemen...Daily News All-Area First Team...Burbank Leader first-team All-Area...first-team all-league...team's most valuable linemen...also lettered once in track and field in the shot put...rated No. 80 at his position nationally by Rivals.com.
PERSONAL: Sebastian Valenzuela...born in Allen, Argentina...father Ricardo and mother Alicia...sister Miriana...enjoys snowboarding and fishing...plans to pursue a degree in either history or criminal justice at WSU.
WULFF COMMENTS ON VALENZUELA: Sea-Bass isn't your prototypical 6-4 offensive lineman. He's a 6-1, 6-2 type of player but he brings some different intangibles that I like. He is very tough, very physical and he's got football IQ. He's as aggressive as I've watched coming out of high school and he will bring us some attitude that we can always add to our football team.
WASHINGTON, NOLAN DB 5-10 / 175 FR Burien, Wash. (Kennedy '09)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter and two-year captain for head coach Bob Bourgette...lettered all four years at Kennedy...SOPHOMORE year named first-team All-Seamount League at kick returner and second-team all-league at defensive back...led state in kickoff and punt return yards and touchdowns...had more than 1,000 all-purpose yards...JUNIOR year named Junior All-State by Ron Siegel...also named first-team all-league as a defensive back and a quarterback, despite being on a running team...completed 22-of-36 passes for 288 yards and four touchdowns...rushed for 396 yards on 81 carries...scored seven rushing touchdowns and had 35 all-purpose touchdowns...won the national 7-on-7 championship while representing the Seattle Seahawks at the NFL 7-on-7 Combine...SENIOR year named a Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nugget honorable mention and a Seattle Times Red Chip prospect...Associated Press 3-A All-State First Team at defensive back...Seattle Times Star Times Team...first-team all-league at defensive back, second-team all-league at running back and third-team all-league at quarterback...named preseason all-state by MaxPreps...played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back for the Lancers...rushed 84 times for 748 yards and 11 touchdowns...also a three-year letterwinner for the Lancers' basketball team and lettered once as a member of the track and field team...rated No. 55 at his position nationally by Rivals....rated No. 4 amongst Washington prospects by Rivals.com...rated No. 89 on Scout.com's West Hot 150...rated No. 25 on Scout.com's Northwest Hot 100...rated No. 51 at his position nationally by Scout.com.
PERSONAL: Nolan Lyndell Washington...father Nelson, Sr. played football at Idaho...mother Audrey...brother Nelson, Jr. and sister Natasha...cousin Brandon Jones is also a member of the WSU football team...uncles Aaron and Rodney both played football at Boise State...enjoys fishing, basketball and video games...member of high school's ASB staff...summer prior to senior year member of 7-on-7 team that won national title, along with future Cougar teammates Gino Simone and Casey Locker.
WULFF COMMENTS ON WASHINGTON: Nolan is another mature, good student, good person, who has a lot of physical tools and will bring a lot of speed to this team and class. Nolan can play corner, is a versatile athlete and is another player who was very attractive to a lot of colleges across the country but he wanted to be a Coug. He is going to be one of the key players to move our program forward.
WINSTON, CARL RB 5-9 / 200 FR Harbor City, Calif. (Serra)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner and two-year captain for head coach Scott Altenberg...SOPHOMORE year named Serra High's Rookie of the Year...garnered first-team All-Del Rey League honors...JUNIOR year named league's most valuable player...garnered first-team all-area and first-team all-league honors...named All-CIF...SENIOR year named second-team California Division 3 All-State by MaxPreps...named All-CIF...first-team all-area and first-team All-Del Rey League...led team to a 13-1 record and a runner-up finish in the Northwest Division of the Southern Section...gained 1,630 yards on 217 carries...had 26 total touchdowns...completed his varsity career as Serra High's all-time rushing leader with 4,820 yards on 618 carries...also had 61 career touchdowns...was also a three-time captain for the track and field team.
PERSONAL: Carl Winston III...father Carl, Jr. played football for New Mexico...mother Lisa...sister Carlissia...grandfather played professional football for the Cleveland Browns...enjoys playing sports, movies and Playstation...plans to pursue a degree in business at WSU.
WULFF COMMENTS ON WINSTON: Carl showed a lot of passion as a football player, he really loves the game of football. The nice thing about Carl, we think he can do a combo of everything: he can catch the ball out of the backfield, he blocks well, he runs between the tackles quite well and he's a tough kid. He brings a lot of different things and a very versatile player. I am very excited to get Carl, a player that is a definite Pac-10 running back.
The following student-athlete did not sign a National letter of Intent and plans to enroll at WSU in August, 2009:
GILBERTSON, David QB 6-2/200 FR Woodinville, Wash.. (Redmond)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner for head coach Mike Pluschke...SOPHOMORE year led the Mustangs to the state playoffs...JUNIOR year was named honorable mention All-KingCo 4-A...threw for 1,247 yards and six touchdowns...also rushed for two scores...SENIOR year was team captain...second-team All-KingCo...threw for 1,977 yards and 13 touchdowns...scored four rushing touchdowns...threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns against Eastlake...set the school record for completions in a game with 26 against Eastlake...named an alternate to the All-State Game...also played basketball and track and field, serving as team captain for both.
PERSONAL: David Michael Gilbertson...father Keith is a football coach...mother Barbara...sisters Anne and Krissy...grandfather Keith, Sr. played football for the Cougars...his mother and great uncle George also attended WSU...sister Krissy currently attends WSU...enjoys basketball, golf, video games and the piano...high school grade-point average of 3.17...in ASB as a senior...plans to pursue a degree in communication.
WULFF COMMENTS ON GILBERTSON: David is another one of the guys in this class that has a tremendous football IQ. The opportunity to be around his dad on a regular basis has him ahead of the learning curve compared to most high school student-athletes. David is extremely competitive and has the leadership qualities that will give him an opportunity to find a way to contribute at WSU.
HEAD COACH Paul Wulff QUOTES
General Impressions on Class:
First off a thank you has to go out to our coaching staff from me and all Cougar fans out there. You would be hard-pressed to find a group of coaches that have worked this hard to put together a quality class like this. It goes to their efforts, and consistency and resiliency they have shown. All knowing what we have to do to get better with our football program. I am very excited about the work we have all put in and now we have some good young players that will help the program.
This class brings a tremendous amount of competitiveness and players that you have to really knock down to knock them out. There is a tremendous amount of resiliency and players that want to be very successful in all things they do.
,b>Able to meet needs:
We don't have enough scholarships available, with the 25 limitation, to fit all our needs. But we did cover every area and that was vital. We are still another year away before we can start filling in every need exactly. I feel good about the areas we did accomplish. I go back to football IQ, a term I always bring up. I think we have a tremendous amount of players who have that in this class. The benefit of that is as they develop they can play a little sooner mentally because they have that ability.
MAJOR HONORS RECEIVED BY WSU RECRUITS
SEATTLE TIMES ALL-AREA
Jamal Atofau, DB
Andre Barrington, LB
Gino Simone, WR
Nolan Washington, DB
SEATTLE TIMES ALL-STATE
Jamal Atofau, DB
Casey Locker, DB
Travis Long, DL
Gino Simone, WR
SEATTLE TIMES BLUE CHIPS
Gino Simone, WR
SEATTLE TIMES RED CHIPS
Jamal Atofau, DB
Andre Barrington, RB/DB
Casey Locker, DB
Travis Long, TE/DE
Chris Mastin, DL
Nolan Washington, DB
TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE NORTHWEST NUGGETS
Gino Simone, WR
TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE NORTHWEST NUGGETS HONORABLE MENTION
Jamal Atofau, DB
Andre Barrtington, DB/LB
Casey Locker, DB
Travis Long, TE/DE
Darren Markle, LB
Chris Mastin, DE
Nolan Washington, DB
TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE ALL-AREA
Andre Barrington, LB
TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE ALL-STATE
Gino Simone, WR - Player of the Year
Jamal Atofau, DB
Casey Locker, QB, DB
Andre Barrington, LB
Travis Long, TE
Chris Mastin, DL
ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON ALL-STATE
Jamal Atofau, DB
Andre Barrington, LB
Travis Long, DL
Chris Mastin, DL
Casey Locker, QB, DB
Gino Simone, WR
Nolan Washington, DB
TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE WESTERN 100
Travis Long, DL
Darren Markle, LB
Gino Simone, WR
RIVALS.COM POSITION RANKINGS
#39 Arthur Burns, RB
#40 Jamal Atofau, S
#51 Darren Markle, LB
#55 Nolan Washington, CB
#59 Anthony Carpenter, CB
#72 Gino Simone, ATH
#80 Sebastian Valenzuela, OG
RIVALS.COM WASHINGTON RANKINGS
#2 Gino Simone, WR
#4 Nolan Washington, DB
#5 Jamal Atofau, S
SCOUT.COM TOP 300
#295, Gino Simone, WR
SCOUT.COM WEST HOT 150
#44 Gino Simone, WR
#57 Darren Markle, LB
#70 Travis Long, DL
#84 Arthur Burns, RB
#89 Nolan Washington, DB
#97 Jamal Atofau, DB
#100 Chris Mastin, DL
#117 Anthony Carpenter, DB
#137 Jeff Tuel, QB
#141 Andre Barrington, LB
SCOUT.COM NORTHWEST HOT 150
#17 Travis Long, DL
#18 Gino Simone, WR
#25 Nolan Washington, DB
#27 Jamal Atofau, DB
#28 Chris Mastin, DL
#32 Darren Markle, LB
#48 Andre Barrington, LB
#54 Jordan Pu'u Robinson, TE
#70 Casey Locker, DB
#79 Asi Hosea, DB
SCOUT.COM WASHINGTON TOP 40
#1 Gino Simone, WR
#5 Travis Long, DL
#7 Nolan Washington, DB
#8 Chris Mastin, DL
#9 Jamal Atofau, DB
#10 Andre Barrington, LB
#35 Casey Locker, DB
SCOUT.COM CALIFORNIA TOP 100
#54 Arthur Burns, RB
#75 Anthony Carpenter, DB
#88 Jeff Tuel, QB
#99 Quayshawn Buckley, OL
SCOUT.COM IDAHO TOP 40
#2 Darren Markle, LB
SCOUT.COM COLORADO TOP 40
#37 Terrell Thompson, RB
SCOUT.COM WEST TOP LINEBACKERS
#5 Darren Markle - MLB
#10 Sekope Kaufusi - SLB
SCOUT.COM WEST TOP OFFENSIVE TACKLES
#11-25 (Alpha) - William Prescott
SCOUT.COM WEST TOP OFFENSIVE GUARDS
#11-31 (Alpha) - Quayshawn Buckley
#11-31 (Alpha) - Sebastian Valenzuela
SCOUT.COM WEST TOP WIDE RECEIVERS
#7 Gino Simone
SCOUT.COM WEST TOP RUNNING BACKS
#11 Arthur Burns
#16-30 (Alpha) - Carl Winston
SCOUT.COM WEST TOP DEFENSIVE TACKLES
#10 Justin Clayton
SCOUT.COM WEST TOP DEFENSIVE ENDS
#8 Chris Mastin
SCOUT.COM WEST TOP TIGHT ENDS
#5 Travis Long
#!4 - Jordan Pu'u Robinson
CALHISPORTS.COM All-State Medium Schools (California)
Anthony Carpenter, DB - First Team
CALHISPORTS.COM All-State Small Schools (California)
Justin Clayton, DL - First Team
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