Sometime in the near future the Washington State Cougars may be looked upon as landing the steal of the year in running back Dwight Tardy (5-11, 202, 4.5) from Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) St. Paul. The Cougars could look very smart down the road.
"Dwight committed to Washington State," Dante Tardy, Dwight's brother said. "He liked Washington State because they stayed with him when he got hurt during his junior year."
"It is important to say it in Dwight's words," Tardy said. "He said they (WSU) were faithful to him so I had to be faithful to them."
Tardy chose Washington State over another offer from UTEP.
The Cougars get a player who holds every rushing record in Saint Paul high school history.
Cougars may have received a player who will two of their athletic programs. Tardy is also an outstanding baseball player and is getting serious attention from major league baseball.
The New York Yankees, the Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals have all expressed interest in Tardy's baseball playing abilities. He could go somewhere in the first three rounds.
The Cougar baseball coach is also very happy that Tardy has decided to attend Washington State because he could end up playing baseball for the Cougars, too.
Tardy rushed for just shy of 2,300 yards and scored 36 touchdowns while averaging 9.6 yards per carry.
The Pullman area could have been one of the deciding factors.
"Dwight has always been in a small school and liked what Washington State had to offer," Dante Tardy said. "He also like the small town atmosphere."