An inside look at future Coug o-lineman
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An inside look at future Coug o-lineman

PLAYING UP IN the Northwest corner of the state in Lynden, he arguably hasn't seen as much press as other three-star offensive line prospects. But future Cougar o-lineman Matt Meyer is one to watch. The 6-6, 290-pound prep left tackle was in Pullman recently for an official visit and he tells CF.C it was a good preview of what's to come over the next 4-5 years.

Matt Meyer, ranked No. 71 in the land as an offensive tackle prospect, took his official visit to Pullman last week. The Whatcom County product, who also tripped to Wazzu over the summer for a junior camp event, said the official visit experience at WSU was exactly what he was hoping to see.

"The visit went really good," Meyer said. "I was able to meet a lot of the guys on the team and I also got to learn a lot about the school. There was a lot of academic stuff that was presented to us and I liked the campus too."

His host during his trip was center Elliott Bosch, who Meyer said did a good job of showing him around some of the local spots around campus.

"My favorite part of the weekend was definitely hanging out with some of the guys on the team," Meyer said. "We all checked out some places and caught some food. The campus seems very open and everything is right there if you need it. Like Coach Leach told me, everything is within two blocks on campus so you don't really have to travel around for stuff."

Speaking of Leach, Meyer said he and the second-year head man had time to catch up, but that football talk was kept at a minimum.

"He's very excited to have me on board, but we didn't talk much about the game," Meyer said. "We really just had an open conversation. I hardly know him, but he seems like a good guy who would be fun to be around while I'm in college."

A MORE IN-DEPTH X's and O's conversation was held between Meyer and his future position coach Clay McGuire. Meyer, who dominated the Northwest Conference on both the offensive and defensive line, said the Cougar coaches project him at either guard or tackle at the next level.

"Coach McGuire showed me how the offense works and we were able to watch some film," Meyer said. "I was picking it up pretty well. They haven't told me exactly where I'll line up for them next season, but I prefer tackle. I have quick feet and I'm athletic off the edge."

Leach's system employs wide splits on the o-line and the pass-oriented offense means the guys in the trenches have to be athletic.

"I'm more athletic than people give me credit for. You really don't know for sure if you can come in and play tackle at the next level because it's a tough position, but I'm up for the challenge," said Meyer.

As for his commitment level to the Cougs, Meyer said he is a solid with his decision. He chose the Cougs over offers from Eastern Washington and North Dakota and was on the verge of receiving a scholarship offer from Boise State before giving his verbal to WSU on Nov. 2. There were reports that the Oregon State coaches were going to make a late push for Meyer, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

"Their coaches came in last week to get my transcripts, but I'm not sure what's really going on there," Meyer said of OSU. "I'm fully verbally committed to Washington State and I'll probably be signing with them on signing day."

Meyer is one of the few who still excel at three sports in high school these days -- he was named to the All-NWC Team after helping the Lions repeat as the 2A state football champs this season. He's also a standout forward on the basketball team, who are the defending state champs. And he's a starting first baseman for Lynden's baseball team, who took second place in state last year.