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Highlights, observations and a new recruit

Kelle Sanders from River Ridge High in Lacey committed to Washington State during the Cougars' short practice on Saturday.

Sanders also sported an offer from Missouri, making his commitment some sort of Pac-12 win over the SEC. At 6-foot-5, 220-pounds, Sanders has the look of a future defensive end for the Cougars.

He is the fourth instate commit for WSU – special teams coordinator Eric Mele generally handles the Western Washington recruiting area – and some of us from Olympia are especially happy whenever a South Sound kid goes D1.

Sanders is an athletic kid who played some wide receiver, as you can see in the video below:

What else happened during WSU's practice. Well, not a whole lot. The Cougars had a short practice and were only wearing helmets and shoulder pads (and, you know, other clothes…) and had an easy day in preparation for tomorrow's scrimmage. If you'd like to catch the scrimmage, I'd show up at Sacajawea High in Lewiston around 3 p.m.

Tyler Hilinski did uncork a beautiful pass during today's practice, throwing off his back foot but still getting enough loft on a pass to hit Isaiah Johnson for a 17-yard touchdown over the outstretched arms of Darrien Molton. He also threw a very nice pas for about a 15-yard gain to Kyle Sweet on an out route. Treshon Broughton's breakup of a pass intended for Tavares Martin was the defensive highlight of Hilinski's set.

Parker Henry stopped Jamal Morrow in the backfield on the first play once Luke Flak took over, then Falk hit Dezmon Patmon and Martin for gains of about 10 and 15 yards, respectively. Then Jalen Thompson broke up a pass. Falk's highlights were touchdown passes of three yards thrown across his body to Johnson and Robert Lewis on the final two plays.

Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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