GREEN AT OPTIMIST ALL-STAR GAME LAST MONTH
THE FIRST DAY of the new semester at Washington State begins on Monday and with it comes an influx of new Cougs. No fewer than six will officially join the ranks and get busy in WSU’s offseason conditioning program. Later, they’ll go through spring ball. After that they’ll get a full summer’s worth of offseason work -- before fall camp kicks off in August. It’s the ultimate head start.
Two of the six come straight from the prep ranks having graduated high school early – WR Calvin Green and OL Sean Krepsz.
Another, Nick Begg (6-5, 255), was part of the 2013 cycle.
And there are three holdovers from the Cougs’ 2013 class – CB Markell Sanders, CB Marcellus Pippins and BUCK/DL Dylan Hanser.
Green, out of Sacramento’s Burbank High, was oft-said to be the fastest, quickest player in the Sac-Joaquin region at 5-10, 165. “The Flash” starred at receiver, running back, defensive back and return man this season, racking up 1,701 all-purpose yards on offense. (He also had 52 tackles and two interceptions.) He chose the Cougs over ASU, Boise State and others and was named the MVP of the Metropolitan conference as a senior. Because high school players can’t take a kickoff out of the end zone, his 99-yard return this season was a national-tying mark.
Krepsz, a 6-5, 295-pounder out of Riverside, Calif., was named an All-Area Inland All-Star and first team conference player this season at King High. He chose WSU back in September over offers from Fresno State, Colorado State, Utah State, San Diego State and others. He played left guard for an offense that averaged 423.3 yards and 31.5 points per game according to the Press-Enterprise, and blocked for a 2,013-yard passer and a 1,077-yard rusher.
Begg was delaying enrollment at Arizona State before last month deciding on Washington State. He told CF.C the plan is for him to develop into an o-lineman but with the coaches giving him a look his freshman season, (if they don’t redshirt him), at an h-back/TE role this spring and in fall camp. Begg says the Cougs have told him they may look to run more h-back and/or more of a hand-down tight end , similar to the role o-line coach Clay McGuire filled at Texas Tech under Mike Leach. Begg’s former Santa Margarita High teammates include River Cracraft and Riley Sorenson.
Sanders (6-1, 175) at Eastside Catholic High missed all but two games of 2012 senior season with injury. He’s a hard hitter with good size and excellent feet and now that he doesn’t have to focus on being a jack-of-all-trades as many of a team’s best players do in high school, should have a high ceiling as a Pac-12 corner.
Pippins (5-11, 175) was mentored his senior season in 2012 by none other than CougGreat Lamont Thompson. "He's a very gifted, athletic football player,” Thompson told Cougfan.com back in October on Pippins. “There's nothing that he can't do on the football field.”
Hanser (6-5, 230) was fast and athletic for his size as a senior in 2012 at Central Catholic High in Billings, Montana. He earned all-conference and all-state honors at both linebacker and tight end, having duplicating the same feat as a junior. His senior defensive numbers: 37 tackles (16 solo), 3.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He was also the team’s long snapper.
Green’s teammate at Burbank High was Metropolitan Lineman of the Year and future Cougar Ngalu Tapa. At 6-3, 275-pounds this season, Tapa was unblockable at times and chased down players from the backside in ways that caused fans and beat writers alike to ooh and aah. He racked up 14 ½ sacks from his position on the interior.