23 SIGN WITH WASHINGTON STATE!!

23 SIGN WITH WASHINGTON STATE!!

FINAL -- 11:08 AM -- CORNERBACK KERRY MADDOX out of Tyler, Texas was the first of the new Cougars to send in his Letter of Intent this morning. And while "The General" was the first to sign, a total of 23 new Cougars signed today!!

WSU CLASS OF 2006
February 1, 2006

SIGNED LETTERS OF INTENT

1. Kerry Maddox
CB, 5-10, 175
John Tyler High/Tyler, Texas

First-team all-district, plus team's leading rusher with 877 yards and 12 rushing TDs. Maddox didn't play defense his senior season because of QB duties but his junior campaign, was a shutdown, first-team all-league selection, racking up an impressive 80 tackles. "The General" will man the corner at WSU but led Tyler to the playoffs as a QB, despite never having played the position in his life. "This year, we put our best athlete at quarterback," said Tyler coach Thomas Brooks, as Maddox racked up 2,141 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns. Maddox is the cousin of Cougar linebacker Jason Stripling.

2. Preston Brooks
DE, 6-2.5, 235
Dorsey High/Los Angeles, Calif.

Dominated up front with 11 pass deflections and 24 tackles-for-loss amongst his 71 tackles, including nine sacks. Before a family move, played at Verbum Dei his junior season where he racked up 10 sacks. A quick defensive end coming off the line, runs the 40 in the 4.6 to 4.7 range.

3. Micah Hannam
OL, 6-5, 265
Peninsula High/Gig Harbor, Wash.

Two-time all-league selection. An honorable mention "Northwest Nugget" pick by the Tacoma News Tribune. Turned heads at WSU's football camp last summer and came away with co-MVP honors for offensive lineman. He verballed with the Cougars just before the season started. Has a frame that will support added strength and muscle. Set Peninsula High power clean record at 320 pounds before senior season. Has quick feet and a brain to match --- he carries 3.96 GPA.

4. Anthony Houston
WR, 6-4, 200
Mission Bay High/San Diego, Calif.

Selected first team all league by area coaches under the auspices of the San Diego Hall of Champions. Picked by the Tacoma News Tribune to its 2006 Western 100 list and Scout.com's West Hot 100. Rated by Scout among the top 50 prep wideouts in the nation. On a team that was 3-to-1 on running plays to aerials in 2005, and with only 130 passes attempted, Houston had 28 receptions for 458 yards and four TDs, seven rushes for 66 more, plus seven kickoff returns for 144 yards. Defensively, he racked up 43 tackles with an interception.

5. Andy Mattingly
LB,TE 6-4, 223
Mead High/Spokane, Wash.

A consensus All-State pick, he has been tabbed one of the top four prep prospects in the state of Washington by the Seattle Times. The Tacoma News Tribune tabbed him one of 12 "Northwest Nuggets" and a member of its "Western 100" list. Earned a four-star rating from Scout.com, which ranks him among the top 20 in the nation at safety -- though his future looks to be at linebacker. A multi-dimensional force, his career high school numbers are eye popping: 231 tackles; nine interceptions; 81 receptions for 1,130 yards. He also returned punts and kickoffs.

6. Trevor Mooney
TE, 6-6, 240
Trabuco Hills High/Mission Viejo, Calif.

Picked by Scout.com to its West Hot 100 list of the top prep prospects in the seven Western states. A member of SuperPrep's California Top 100. Also named second team all-league by the Orange County Register. Mostly a blocker for run-heavy Trabuco Hills and part of an offensive line paving the road for a 2,000 yard rusher. Has the size to become an outstanding college tight end. Has a 4.25 GPA, on a 4.00 scale

7. Toby Turpin
DT, 6-4.5, 260
Los Alamitos High/Los Alamitos, Calif.

Named the Sunset League's Defensive Lineman of the Year and received first team all-county honors. Logged six sacks among his 58 first-hit tackles, plus five pass breakups and two interceptions. Turpin will move inside to defensive tackle for the Cougs. "He's a guy that could play in the NFL -- I've had a lot of them and his upside is really good," said Los Alamitos head coach John Barnes. Strength numbers include a 280-pound power clean, a 350 pound bench press. Clocked a 4.9 in the 40 at UCLA's junior day.

8. Chris Ivory
LB/RB, 5-10, 205
Longview High/Longview, Texas

Named first team all-district running back. Also a member of the Longview News Journal's All-East Texas Football Team. Defensive stats were unavailable at press time but Ivory scored 15 touchdowns (13 rushing, 2 receiving) on offense his senior year, rushing 120 times for 659 yards while adding another 16 receptions for another 209 hashes. "Number one, he's just a phenomenal athlete," said John King, Longview High coach. "He's got great strength, great speed, good size. And he packs a punch. And he didn't play but about half the time because we had such big leads."

9. Marcus Richmond
RB 6-1, 205
Dobson High/Mesa, Ariz.

Rated by Scout.com as one of the top 100 prep running back prospects in the nation. Finished his senior campaign with 1,900 rushing yards and a glossy 7.2 yards per-carry average. Named first-team Class 5A All-State by Arizona Football Coaches Association. Had a six-game stretch in which he rushed for between 198 and 384 (yes, 384) yards in each contest. Twice in that span he broke the school record for most yards in a game. As a junior he rolled up 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns and on defense, had 83 tackles.

10. Brian Williams
CB, 6-2, 180
Long Beach CC/Long Beach, Calif.

Registered 48 tackles, intercepted two passes and notched double digit pass breakups out on the island in 2005. He also posted 615 yards on 20 kickoff returns. His coach says his speed, make-up speed, and great hips set him apart. "He's a legit 4.4 guy -- he's not one of those dot com 4.4 guys," says LBCC coach Jerry Jaso. "He has good feet, he's able to turn his hips and go. And he can really run." Graduates this spring and will have two to play two at Washington State.

11. Derrell Hutsona
RB/KR, 5-10, 183
Grossmont JC/El Cajon, CA

Awarded JC All-America Co-Offensive Player of the Year, selected all-California offensive Player of the Year and first team offense all-California. Racked up an eye opening 2,534 all-purpose yards all told this season, with over 1,000 of those hashes on punt and kickoff returns. Looks to have two to play two although possibility could exist to get one year back. Runs in the 4.3 range in the 40 yard dash and once clocked a 4.28 at San Jose State's Pro Day. Could play a variety of roles for Cougs including kick returner, running back, slotback.

12. Keith Rosenberg
WR 5-11, 180
Bellevue High/Bellevue, Wash.

Grabbed the attention of college recruiters as a junior, when he earned first-team AP All-State plaudits for his work at cornerback and racked up more than 1,200 yards and 15 TDs as a running back. He squats 450 pounds and has a personal-best time in the 40 of 4.5. His 2005 season was largely hampered by injury, but turned in sterling performances early (as in Bellevue's upset of Long Beach Poly) and again down the stretch. Honorable mention 2006 Tacoma News Tribune "Northwest Nugget."

13. Cornorris Atkins
S/WR, 6-3, 205
Cleveland Grover High/Reseda, Calif.

Racked up 34 tackles with two interceptions on defense. Offensively, Atkins made the most of his touches, scoring 12 TDs. Atkins gained 320 yards on 25 receptions, adding another 112 ground yards on 21 carries. Atkins will get his first look at safety at Washington State but has a rare combination of size and speed, running a 40 yard dash in a time of 4.56.

14. Kevin Kooyman
DE/TE, 6-5.5, 215
Tahoma High/Maple Valley, Wash.

A first-team All-State Class 4A defensive line pick by the Associated Press. First-team all-league two years on both offense and defense. Posted 63 tackles, including 16 for loss, in 2005. The Seattle Times, calling Kooyman "one of the finest three-sport athletes in the state," named him Star Times 2005 All-Area on defense, with the Seattle PI tabbing him All-Area as well. An honorable mention "Northwest Nugget" pick by the Tacoma News Tribune. Also a state champion wrestler and a high hurdler in track. Has a 3.95 GPA.

15. Grady Maxwell
OL, 6-3, 312
Curtis High/Tacoma, Wash.

His prep head coach, Bob Lucey, says he's one of the best, most agile offensive linemen he's seen in 30 years. First-team All-State choice by Seattle P-I. Named All-Area by the Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune. Also an honorable mention Northwest Nugget pick by the News Tribune. In three years as a starter, he allowed only one sack (his sophomore year). Voted first-team All-SPSL as a junior and senior. "Grady has great speed," says Lucey. "He's a great left tackle, outstanding both in run and pass blocking. He has great feet -- exceptionally quick feet."

16. J.T. Diederichs
WR, 6-2, 230
Dixie State College/Saint George, Utah

Named All-WSFL, as he capped his fifth consecutive 1,000-yard-plus rushing season and earned MVP honors in the Rotary Bowl for second straight year. Named Junior College All-America a his freshman season after rushing for 1,740 yards. Concluded remarkable three-year varsity career at Seattle's Ballard High, earning first-team all-league honors three straight seasons while racking up more than 4,000 career rushing yards. Large back with a rare combination of size and speed, with a 4.4 time in the 40. Will have three to play two at Washington State.

17. Charles Dillon
WR, 6-1, 190
Ventura College/Oxnard, Calif.

Named to JC Athletic Bureau's All-California first team. Recognized as College Athlete of the Fall by The Ventura County Star. School records include career receiving with 125 catches, good for 1,545 yards and 21 touchdowns, and the single-season receptions mark, with 69 catches in 2005. Tied school mark for catches in a single game when with 12 against Golden West. Among California state leaders in '05 in all-purpose yardage and scoring, (13 TDs). Rushed 38 times for 321 yards, averaging just under 8 hashes a carry, with longest run of the year at 72 yards. Returned three punts and three kickoffs, averaging 13.0 and 34.0 yards, respectively. As true frosh, caught 56 passes for 541 yards and eight touchdowns. Has 3-to-play-2 at WSU, and is a star hoopster who will play both sports for the Cougars. Averaging 15.2 points and just under four assists in 2005-06. Freshman campaign on the hardcourt, averaged 15 points and 3 boards while leading the Western State Conference North in steals.

18. Skylar Jessen
RB, 5-11, 200
Mead High/Spokane, Wash.

Rushed for 3,669 yards in three seasons, despite missing portions of his junior and senior campaigns with ankle and hamstring injuries. Was on pace to shatter GSL records for career rushing yards and TDs. Rated one of the top 75 prep RB prospects in the nation by Scout.com. An honorable mention "Northwest Nugget" pick by the Tacoma News Tribune. Earned Greater Spokane League offensive MVP honors in 2003 after piling up 1,965 yards and 34 TDs on 190 carries. Clocked at 10.64 in the 100 meters. Bench presses 330 and power cleans 260. Has a vertical of 32 inches.

19. Ansley Clevil
DE, 6-3, 240
Venice High/Los Angeles, Calif.

Named first team defensive end all-league his senior season at Venice despite it being only his second year playing the game of football. Posted an impressive 41 solo tackles among his 55 sticks on the regular season, including nine sacks. Owns a good first step, and runs the 40 in the 4.6 to 4.7 range.

MEMBERS OF THE 2005 CLASS WHO ENROLLED AT WSU IN JANUARY

20. Joey Eppele
OL 6-7.5, 290
Vancouver College Prep/Vancouver, BC

A grayshirt from the Cougars' 2005 class, he only recently turned 18. A standout hammer thrower and shot putter considered one of the finest in Canada coming out of Vancouver Prep. In football, he played on both lines, and earned Northern Conference All-Star honors as a junior and senior. He enrolled at WSU in January. "He is a raw player, but with enough time and patience the Cougars will have a legitimate Pac-10 left tackle," says his high school coach, Todd Bernett.

21. Jason Price
OL 6-4, 256
Trinity Valley JC/Athens, Texas

Named honorable mention All-Southwest Junior College Conference, in large part due to his devastating blocking. Originally signed with Houston coming out of Sanger High, where he was a star running back averaging 6.5 yards per carry. Has put on over 40 pounds since signing his Houston LOI. Will participate in spring 2006 workouts. Has three to play two for the Cougars.

22. Finas Rabb
WR 6-6, 205
Trinity Valley JC/Santa Ana, Calif.

Has only played organized football for two years, both in junior college. Earned second team all-conference honors in 2005. "The Big Slam" has a 37 inch vertical to go along with his 6-foot-6 size, plus a 40 time of 4.55. On the regular season plus a playoff game for Santa Ana, pulled down 29 catches for 451 yards and six TDs. "Instant Red Zone" has two to play two at Washington State. Cousin of Cougar great RB Jonathan Smith (2002-03) and has another cousin, Jerard Rabb, who stars at Boise State.

23. Greg Walker
WR 6-4, 185
University High/Los Angeles, Calif.

A holdover from the 2005 recruiting class. As a prep senior, registered 49 catches for 1,355 yards, averaging more than 100 yards a game. "He's one of the best receivers I've coached and I've been doing this for 25 years," says E.C. Robinson, at University. "If he sticks to it and really works at it -- like he's been doing -- he can one day be playing on Sundays."

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