A COUGAR LEGACY who stars both on the football field and in the classroom hand-delivered his…
Cougar legacies plentiful in 2010 class
Hroniss Grasu (6-3, 245) DE, Encino, Calif., Crespi Carmelite High A two-way starter on both offensive and defensive lines, he was a first Team All-Serra League pick as a junior and was named to the Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Team. A three sport athlete (basketball, volleyball) he's also a solid student with a 3.2 GPA and first burst onto the scene as a sophomore with 40 tackles and five sacks in just seven games. His brother Nico is the Cougars' kicker and who went 3-for-3 in Washington State's 2008 Apple Cup victory, including the winning field goal. The Cougars have been recruiting the younger Grasu for some time. "I'm really close with the coaches there because I met them when they were recruiting my brother and I got to know them," the younger Grasu said in August of 2008. Other Cougar-connected high school seniors-to-be with football potential at the college level include tight end Connor Hamlett of Meadowdale High in Lynnwood, defensive end Maxx Forde of Woodinville, running back Terran Madu-Jules of Silverado High in Las Vegas and tight end Cooper Pelluer of state champion Skyline High in Issaquah. Maxx Forde (6-4, 230) DE/OG, Woodinville, Woodinville High A first team KingCo 4A Crown Division pick on both sides of the ball, Forde manned the tackle spot on both lines his junior year. Scout projects him to be d-lineman in college. Defensively, he has a quick first step and did a good job disengaging from his blocker says Scout. On offense last season, he showed good feet, knee-bend and that he can run well in space. Forde is coached by former NFL tackle Manu Tuiasosopo. His dad Brian Forde starred at linebacker for the Cougars from 1985-87 and later played for a number of years in the NFL and CFL. He holds the WSU record for most tackles in a game (28) and is No. 3 on the career tackles list (436). Connor Hamlett (6-7, 240) TE/DL, Lynnwood, Meadowdale High He is rated No. 33 on Scout.com's Northwest Fab 50 list for 2010 as a wide receiver but he checked in this offseason at 6-foot-7 and some think he'll line up elsewhere in college with tight end, o-line or d-line some of the possibilities. As a receiver his junior season, he captured second team all-Wesco 3A honors with his best game coming in a playoff victory where he had two touchdown catches, one for 53 yards. His brother Casey walked on at Washington State last month after starting 11 games at Western Washington as a sophomore and earning second team league all-star honors. Terran Madu-Jules (5-9, 180) RB/CB, Las Vegas, Silverado High Plays both running back and corner. As a junior in 2008, rushed only 82 times but racked up 450 yards (5.49 average). His dad, Frank "Magic" Madu was a Cougar running back from 1993-95. He is in the Cougar record-book for the longest run from scrimmage (his 87 yards at Nebraska in 1995 tied Chuck Morrell's 1958 record), and for the second-longest run (85 yards vs. Montana in 1993). Cooper Pelluer (6-3.5, 215, 4.7) TE/LB, Issaquah, Skyline High He is rated No. 47 on Scout.com's Northwest Fab 50 list for 2010 as a wide receiver but some think he'll play tight end or inside linebacker in college. Pelluer on defense, says Scout.com, is a physical player who excels in pursuit and can cover a lot of ground. His dad Scott was a four-year starter for the Cougars from 1977-80 and later played six seasons in the NFL. He's been a college coach for many years, and served as Bob Robertson's color analyst on Cougar radio broadcasts in 1999 and 2000. His brother Tyler currently plays at Montana.
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