January 9, 2008

Cougars land another in-state pledge

On Monday, Washington State landed their fifth in-state prospect from the Class of 2008.

Laurel (Wash.) Meridian standout Andrei Lintz chose the Cougars over scholarship offers from Montana and Idaho State. He had also drawn recruiting interest from Cal, UCLA, Boise State and Idaho.

What type of players did Wazzu land?

"Andrei is big and fast," explained Meridian head coach Bob Ames. "He catches the ball really well and is versatile. He played some tight end and some wide receiver for us. He also played some shotgun quarterback for us as a runner. Defensively, he played in the three-point stance, he stood up, he played linebacker and he played free safety.

"The only problem with us moving him around to so many positions is that we didn't do a good enough job teaching him how to block. But when he gets to the collegiate level they will coach him up and he'll be a great pass catching and blocking tight end.

"And off the field he is a great kid and is a good student. He is a great character guy, he has a super sense of humor."

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Lintz grew up playing soccer. He was going to join the football team as a kicker his freshman year at Meridian. That was until the coaching staff saw what a great athlete he was. "Yeah, he turned out to be a pretty good position player," Coach Ames joked.

Lintz is scheduled to take his official visit to Washington State the weekend of January 18th.

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