The saga continues with Rahmel Dockery

RAHMEL DOCKERY

PULLMAN – The on-again, off-again romance between Rahmel Dockery and the Washington State football program is enduring more turmoil this week. Dockery's father said Friday morning that his son missed practice Wednesday and Thursday because he had temporarily decided – for the second straight year in fall camp – to leave the football team.

"He was totally done with it," Steve Dockery said.

The elder Dockery went on to say that his son now wants to meet with coach Mike Leach today before making a final decision. Clay Angle, Dockery's coach at Curtis High in the Tacoma suburb of University Place, said Dockery told him Thursday night that he has decided to remain with the Cougars and is willing to stay at cornerback, at least for the time being.

"He told me, ‘I'm not considering transferring; I'm staying,'" Angle said.

Steve Dockery echoed Angle in saying that Rahmel would prefer to play wide receiver. That was Dockery's primary position in high school, when he earned state player of the year honors from The (Tacoma) News Tribune.

"He's a talent," Angle said. "I know he's doing his best to play defense. I know he can play it at that level.

"But," Angle added, "I don't know if I've seen ever seen anyone do things with the ball in his hands like him."

Dockery briefly decided to quit the football team last fall when he was moved from receiver to cornerback in fall camp. He redshirted as a freshman last season after grayshirting the year before due to academic shortcomings. This spring, Dockery told CF.C he was over it and had embraced the move to cornerback.

Steve Dockery said his son injured an ankle in the opening fall practice Aug. 2. That night, the elder Dockery said, defensive coordinator and secondary coach Mike Breske was harshly critical of Rahmel at a team meeting because Rahmel had not taped his ankles for practice.

"It's been downhill since then," Steve Dockery said.

The elder Dockery and Angle stress that Rahmel should have taped his ankles. Both men said Rahmel, a soft-spoken young man, does not respond well when coaches yell at him.

WSU coaches said they moved Dockery from receiver to cornerback because of an abundance of depth and talent at receiver and a lack of the same at cornerback.

CF.C reached Dockery through text message Thursday asking where he was at and if everything was OK and the redshirt freshman responded, "I'm good to go." Dockery did not respond to follow up texts asking for more clarity on his absence from practice.

On Twitter, Connor Halliday and Dockery had this brief exchange on Wednesday.


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