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April 24, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Prep QB posts scholarship offers online

You ever wonder what a written scholarship from a college football coach — say Tyrone Willingham — looks like?

Quarterback Tate Forcier, a touted junior from San Diego, has the solution. He has posted 21 letters with formal offers from schools like Auburn, LSU, Michigan, Washington and Washington State.

I thought it was interesting to see what coaches try to sell and what approach they take. An article I saw on SI.com also took interest and noticed a couple trends. I like this paragraph:

Thanks to Forcier, we know that Harbaugh believes Stanford represents “the greatest combination of academic and athletic excellence in existence.” We know LSU has yet to order new letterhead since winning the 2007 BCS title. We know that Oklahoma State coach Mike “I’m a man!” Gundy writes the same way he talks — with ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

I thought it was amusing that all the offers had an out clause — say if Forcier doesn’t qualify, gets injured, etc. — except for WSU.

What do you think of this courting of a prospect made public? Should that stuff be kept private or is it victimless fun?

Morning stars

1. Colton Bielaski, Bellevue baseball — The senior threw an eight-inning five-hit shutout against defending 3A champ Issaquah and also had the game-winning hit: a two-out double in the bottom of the eighth off the centerfield fence. He’s won three straight.

2. Kelvin Ketchum, Beamer baseball — Threw a four-hitter against Puyallup, the state’s top-ranked 4A team, to break the Vikings’ 14-game winning streak. Also scored two runs for the Titans and has won three straight decisions.

3. Maniqua Sanchez, Tyee softball — Struck out 18 (!) in a seven-inning no-hitter against Highline!

4. Vasily Bogdanoff, Lake Stevens boys soccer — The sophomore forward had his best game at the best time. Scoring twice and recording an assist in a 4-1 win over Cascade.

5. Ciaran Regan, Shorewood boys soccer — Recorded a hat trick, which account for half of his season’s goals, in a 3-1 win over Kamiak. All three came in the second half: 50′, 63′, 78′.

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