Danzy praises 'Rock' Alfred, talks all-star game

Kenny Alfred and Shelton Danzy

SHELTON DANZY and the West came out on the losing end of the Class 3A/4A East-West all-star football game this weekend, but the scrappy defensive back took solace in the fact two of his incoming Cougar classmates had big nights.

Danzy had a quiet evening under the Friday night lights at Spokane's Central Valley High as the West fell 31-14 to the East. Although the East threw for 284 yards, he saw only a handful of passes thrown to his side while on the corner.

The competitor in Danzy was disappointed at not getting tested more, especially since he saw this as an opportunity to play cornerback (his projected college position) against the best the state has to offer; his final season at Rainier Beach High was spent at safety.

But Danzy said what he took most from the game was how pleased he was his incoming Cougar teammates, Kenny Alfred and Brandon Gibson, both had a chance to shine in their final prep appearances.

"I was just happy that my Cougar teammates did so well and put some light on Washington State," said Danzy. "Any running yards we got on the ground, they basically came off Kenny's side and behind Kenny. All night, he was a rock on the line. And even when guys were starting to mope around, he was the guy pumping everyone up."

Alfred, widely considered the No. 1 line prospect in the state of Washington last season, already is penned in on WSU three-deep roster -- at center behind Nick Mihlhauser and Josh Duin.

Danzy said Gibson (12 catches, 113 yards 1 TD) could have had an even bigger night, breaking open several other times.

"As far as Gibson, he was slipping and sliding through the defense all night," said Danzy. "He was wide open all night, just flambéing the defense."

Despite not seeing the ball come his way too often, Danzy was in on a number of tackles, mostly coming when he played safety later in the game. He also returned a kickoff for 25 yards.

"I just didn't think it was going to be like a league game," he said with a laugh. "I just didn't expect not to get challenged, because it was an all-star game. But it is what it is, that's how it goes sometimes."

Chris Fetters caught up with Danzy right after the game. Premium subscribers can click on the link below for the vide interview. Note: In this interview Shelton says July 16 is his planned arrival date for Pullman but he actually plans on a July 15 touchdown at WSU.

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