Running silent, running deep

TWO OF the Cougs' remaining recruiting targets are running silent these days. One is an offensive lineman who tripped to Pullman in October. The other is a 4-star wide receiver out of Florida. Either one would be a big recruiting grab for the Cougars or anyone else.

Sean Dowling has his pick of schools. So does Taj Williams.

One is from Fallbrook, Calif., the other from Neither seems to enjoy talking about the recruiting process much and as it gets closer to the holidays, both have gone underground to a degree with CF.C messages and texts left unreturned. Williams has been underground since the summer, it seems.

What is known is that both are national-type prospects, both of whom are in high demand.

Williams (6-3, 195) is ranked the No. 45 receiving prospect in the nation and four stars. He gave a brief interview after his final high school game a week ago naming four schools who were of interest: Washington State, Alabama, Louisville and Florida State.

"They're trying to build up. I might want to be a part of that ‘come-up' at Washington State," he said.

A January visit to Washington State is a requisite if the Cougs are to pull off the major recruiting coup. The only visit Williams has talked about being scheduled to date is to Louisville (dates unknown.)

Dowling (6-6, 265) is the No. 31 rated o-tackle prospect and three stars. He was a long-time UCLA commit and it's unclear what caused him to decommit a week ago.

Dowling has a rare blend of athleticism and size -- the kind of o-lineman Mike Leach looks for in his wide-split, Air Raid offense.

Dowling is graduating high school early and enrolling in January, so a decision could be coming at any time.

The current dead period runs through Jan. 3.

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