Landes looking for first offer

Cole Landes has seen a lot of things in his two years playing for Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Wash. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Landes, who has played defensive end and offensive tackle, got his first taste of live action his sophomore year, when he was thrown into the heated battle of playoff football.

Against Lakes in the Tacoma Dome, Landes had the unique opportunity of going up against 6-foot-9, 300-pound Zach Banner, who just signed with USC.

"It was crazy," Landes recently told of his experience going up against Banner. Last year he played a lot of offense, starting with Bellevue's win over Oaks Christian, and he started opposite Washington-bound Jake Eldrenkamp. At 205 pounds, Landes has more than held his own in the trenches. He also split time at the Wolverines' strong side defensive end spot with Kyle Bentz.

"He's deceptively big," said Matt Razore, Bellevue's defensive backs coach and the one that takes care of a lot of the college recruiting duties for the Wolverines when asked by recently about Landes. "He's 6-2, 210 right now. He's been growing a lot. He's long, plays the end position very well, very fundamental. He's one of the guys that we trust in any defense to do his job. His length…and he's actually pretty athletic.

"Cole has, the past two years, been thrown into the fire and we've relied on him. He's gotten better, hasn't been injury-prone. He's gone in there and done his job, and he's going to be right there for a starting spot this year. With a few more pounds added on, he's definitely going to get some looks."

Landes has ties to Washington State through his father, and has also been looking at some schools at the Big Sky and FCS level, including Portland State and the University of San Diego. He has trips planned to Hawaii and also to WSU to check out their camps and what the schools have to offer.

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