Hoquiam High Jumper Signs to WSU
Four student-athletes who excel in track and field have signed National Letters of Intent to attend and compete for Washington State University starting in the fall of 2013, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Monday.
This includes Cole Smith, a high jumper from Hoquiam.
Smith is a senior at Hoquiam where he has earned nine varsity letters and earned numerous all-academic awards. Smith was an All-Evergreen League selection at tight end as the Grizzlies were 2012 undefeated league champions. He also earned all-league honors in basketball where he was second team as a junior and first team as a senior. During track season Smith was the state 1A high jump champion as a sophomore (6-4) and repeated with a gold medal as a junior when he jumped his PR height of 6-10. He also scored with a fifth-place javelin finish as Hoquiam won the boys’ state team title.
“Cole is someone identified early in the recruiting process for this year as a had-to-have prospect in order to continue our great tradition in men’s high jumping,” Jumps Coach Matt McGee said. “He is probably the most gifted in state high jumper since Trent Arrivey and I look forward to watching his progress this season. At nearly 6-7 tall and probably still growing as well as being long-limbed, Cole was blessed with an ideal physique for the high jumping. He was an all-league selection in football and basketball in addition to his great high jumping which is a testament to his overall athletic ability. I look forward to getting started with the Cole Smith high jump project in the fall.”
Coach Head Coach Rick Sloan commented on the newest Cougar signees saying ” Cole Smith is a high jumper who shows tremendous potential and has already jumped 6-10 as a junior. He has good size, looks like a high jumper and because of his basketball playing ability has good jumping ability and great hops. I think he will be a good addition to our jump corps and be a seven-footer for sure.”