Great news from the South Puget Sound League where Tristan Beard of Curtis High School has picked up an offer from Idaho State University.
This is the first offer for the 6-foot-2, 185 pound wide receiver, who is coming a first team All-SPSL selection this past season.
“Receiving my first offer from Idaho State University was an overwhelming experience filled with excitement and gratitude,” Beard told Northwest Elite Index. “I couldn’t believe it at first and I am still in shock. I have worked so incredibly hard for this and I feel blessed to get the opportunity to play football at the next level.”
Mid-way through this season Beard sent his film off to the Idaho State coaching staff and things slowly took off. He sent updated film a few weeks later and was contacted by the coaching staff at the end of November, leading to today’s offer.
“Coach [Sheldon] Cross from ISU called me today after school with the news that they were highly interested in me,” Beard said. “He asked me to provide my test scores, which I did, and within a few hours I received a call back from him informing me of their offer.
“I thought I was excited on the phone, but he seemed to be just as excited.”
Beard is also one of the area’s better baseball players, and was a first team All-SPSL member last season, but will not be playing this coming spring.
“I have played baseball ever since the age of four, participating in both school ball and select ball,” Beard noted. “I am making this decision because I have lost the desire to continue playing baseball and figured that tack and field will increase my speed for football purposes.
“I plan to do long jump and running the 100 meter dash, as of right now.”
Right now Beard is also hearing from Washington State, Eastern Washington, UC Davis and multiple smaller schools. He has taken unofficial visits to Washington State, Eastern Washington and Central. He has yet to visit Idaho State, but is working to set something up.
Idaho State has clearly made the State of Washington a priority, as it seems like every few days we are reporting a new offer for a local athlete. Offensive coordinator Sheldon Cross recently spent a few weeks in the area visiting coaches and athletes, and has done a great job marking his territory.
We will keep you updated on Beard as he heads towards signing day, in less than two months.