Massive in-state OL prospect talks Wazzu

HE'S ALREADY MASSIVE, checking in at 6-foot-8 and 350 pounds and he's still just a junior in high school. He holds an offer from Mike Leach, and has already taken two unofficial visits to Washington State this spring. Is a Cougar camp visit in late June also on tap?

Could be, says Wenatchee's Cody O'Connell.

"I may go to WSU for their camp, and then also the Nike one with my school," said the Wenatchee High product.

O'Connell said he went to both the Cougs' junior day event and on a separate trip later to take in a WSU spring practice.

"It went great, I got to see the campus more and spend some time on other things I didn't get to see during their Junior Day, I got the full tour. And then I got to sit in on o-line meeting," said O'Connell.

THAT MEANT WATCHING and listening to WSU o-line coach Clay McGuire work with his group.

"He knows his stuff," said O'Connell.

He also got to spend more time with Mike Leach on his second trip.

"He's relaxed," O'Connell quipped.

O'CONNELL HOLDS OFFERS from Washington State and Idaho, while UW, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Arizona, ASU are showing varying shades of interest. The vast majority of high school programs, Wenatchee included, run the ball most of the time. But O'Connell looks to have the tools to be a top notch pass blocker, with advanced footwork and agility.

"Washington State, and all the other schools really, they like my height and size. Coach Leach, he likes that I'm teachable and he likes my run blocking. The pass blocking, he said, can come later," said O'Connel.

O'Connel anticipates making his verbal commitment before his senior season begins in the fall.

For O'Connell's junior season highlight reels, click here

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