Future Cougs dot all-class All-State team


FOUR FUTURE COUGARS, plus two others who are seriously weighing scholarship offers from Paul Wulff, were named today to the Seattle Times' all-classifications All-State team. Among them was the newest verbal in the crimson orbit: two-way Ferndale standout Casey Locker.

Casey Locker, the 5-11, 175-pound MVP of the Northeast Conference for the second straight year, was named All-State at defensive back. So was fellow WSU commit Jamal Atofau (5-10, 190) of state Class 3A champion Bellevue.

Also picked on the defensive side of the ball was Lewis & Clark defensive end Chris Mastin (6-2, 205), the Greater Spokane League's co-defensive player of the year.

On offense, WSU soft verbal Gino Simone (6-0, 175) of state Class 4A champion Skyline, was tabbed at receiver.

All four are rated among the top 60 nationally at their positions by Scout.com.

In addition, two players who are believed to be seriously interested in accepting WSU offers, defensive end Travis Long (6-4, 245) of Spokane's Gonzaga Prep and defensive back Desmond Trufant (5-11, 170) of Tacoma's Wilson High, were named to the Times' All-State team. Long, who also plays tight end, was the GSL's co-defensive player of the year with Mastin. Besides WSU, he has offers from Boise State and Oregon State. Trufant also is weighing offers from Arizona State, Oregon, Washington and others.

The Times' all-classifications Player of the Year was junior quarterback Jake Heaps of Skyline. He already has 18 college scholarship offers, including one from WSU.

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