Cougars Add Two to Football Signing Class
Feb. 26, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University head football coach Paul Wulff has announced the two student-athletes have signed a national letter-of-intent and plan to enroll at WSU this fall. Louis Bland out of Modesto, Calif. and LeAndre Daniels from San Leandro, Calif., add to the Cougars' 2008 class and bring the total number of signees to 26. Below are capsules of both players high school careers, along with quotes from Coach Wulff.
BLAND, LOUIS, S, 6-0/205, FR, Modesto, Calif. (Central Catholic HS '08)
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter for head coach Mike Glines...carried the ball 65 times for 619 yards as a FRESHMAN...had 17 total touchdowns...two-way starter also recorded 40 tackles and three interceptions...returned 13 punts for 265 yards...named to the all-conference team and earned team's Outstanding Defensive Back of the Year Award...was also named Calhisports.com's Freshman of the Year...named Modesto Bee All-District as a SOPHOMORE...named all-conference and all-state after racking up 882 yards and 27 touchdowns on 54 carries...on defense had 60 tackles and one sack...returned 10 punts for 276 yards and seven kickoffs for 365 yards...named team's Offensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player...Modesto Bee Player of the Year as a JUNIOR...also named to Modesto Bee All-District Team and league Most Valuable Player...earned both all-conference and all-state accolades after posting a school-record 1,900 rushing yards on 133 carries...also scored 33 touchdowns...registered 74 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions on defense...returned 13 punts for 233 yards and one kickoff for 85 yards...once again earned team MVP honors...named Stanislaus County Outstanding Athlete of the Year and Calhisports.com Junior Athlete of the Year...named EA Sports Football All-American Third Team as a multi-purpose performer as a SENIOR...named CIF All-State First Team, CIF Small Schools Player of the Year, first-team CIF All-State Small Schools, All-Northern California First Team, All-Section Sac-Joaquin honorable mention...rushed for 1,776 yards and 32 touchdowns en route to Western Athletic League First Team honors...also posted 70 tackles as a linebacker/safety...recorded seven games of 175 yards-plus on the ground, including season-high 218 and two touchdowns against St. Mary's...had season-best five touchdowns three times during year...also caught eight passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns...was a finalist for California Mr. Football...played in the KCRA Blitz 3 All-Star Game...was one of Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd, Nov. 10, 2007...finished career with over 5,000 career rushing yards and 107 touchdowns while leading team to four consecutive Sac-Joaquin section championships...team's high school record was 49-3-1...ranked as one of California's top 100 recruits by Scout.com...ranked No. 24 all-purpose back in the nation by USA Today...one of the top wrestling recruits in the nation was runner-up at California State Wrestling tournament 171-pound division for head coach Steve Strange...captured state wrestling titles as a freshman (152 lb) and sophomore (171 lb)...member of the USA Wrestling National Duel Team.
PERSONAL: Louis Bland III...parents Louis and Lisa...brothers Reggie and Mitchell...three-year class president at Central Catholic High School...mentor coach/tutor for the Modesto 49ers youth organization...named to the honor roll all four years.
WULFF COMMENTS ON BLAND: We are very excited to have Louis. He was class president three times and he is very tough minded and about as solid a citizen as you are going to get. He is a true leader in every sense. He's going to bring us great toughness and athletic ability. He's a program guy, a guy that can make a lot of people around him a lot better. He's a tremendous leader and we are very excited to add him to our program.
DANIELS, LeANDRE DB 6-1/180 FR San Leandro, Calif. (San Leandro HS '08)
HIGH SCHOOL: Named first-team All-Hayward Area League as a SENIOR linebacker...two-way player also garnered second-team all-league honors as a wide receiver...named All-Eastbay and was a ContraCostaTimes.com Cream of the Crop honoree.
PERSONAL: LeAndre Daniels...earned the EBAL Scholar Award and was given the African American Student Union Award...interested in pursuing a degree in engineering/construction management.
WULFF COMMENTS ON DANIELS: LeAndre is somebody we saw late but he is a very athletic kid and has the ability to be a safety or outside linebacker. He's got a lot of room for improvement. The weight room is an area where he has got a lot of growth and potential and has a chance to be a real fine player down the road. He is a solid student and a player that has overcome a lot of adversity and has done a heck of a job in his life to do all the right things. We are excited to have LeAndre in our program and a part of what we are trying to build.
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