Cougar Football Recruiting Roundup

WASHINGTON STATE HAS extended 45-plus scholarship offers to 2014 class prospects according to the Scout.com database. Of those offers, the Cougars are certainly being diverse in the different areas they are trying to focus on. Who have the Cougs offered and which position appears to be a focus early on? Read on to find out...

We begin with the quarterback position, where the Cougs are expected to bring in one for the '14 class. WSU recruiting coordinator Dave Emerick told CF.C last month said that Mike Leach is very particular in the kinds of QBs he goes after and that the staff will extend only about 5-6 offers out to QB prospects.

Washington State appears to have offered two early on.

One is Carlsbad, Calif. prospect Christian Chapman, who picked up his first collegiate offer from WSU over the weekend.

Chapman is a 6-1, 190-pounder who completed 133-251 passes as a junior, for 1,899 yards with 18TDs against five interceptions. But he was flying somewhat under the radar until the crimson offer put him front and center.

He looks to have a live arm, the ability to move a little and good decision making skills.

David Cornwell, a 6-5, 215-pound QB out of Oklahoma, recently told CF.C that he's still working on scheduling an unofficial visit to the Palouse this summer and that he is still keeping in contact with the WSU coaches. There's some question on whether Cornwell actually has been offered by WSU in some corners but his main intrigue with WSU, he said, would be the opportunity to play under Leach and his Air Raid offense.

In addition to Chapman and Cornwall, the Cougs have also shown interest in Texas QB Bear Fennimore and Coeur d'Alene signal caller Gunnar Amos. Amos was in attendance for a WSU Jr. Day event last month and Fennimore also recently said that he's in the process of setting up a visit to WSU either this spring or in the summer.

The Cougs look to take at least five o-linemen each recruiting class according to Emerick. Washington State signed six o-linemen for the class of 2013 and have extended seven known scholarships to prospects thus far this recruiting cycle. This includes Viana Talamivao, Josh Peizel, Austin Hall, Damien Mama, Ty Barrett, Fife's Kaleb McGary and Connor Mayes. Of those seven, we were able to reach Barrett and McGary.

McGary is one of the hottest commodities in the Evergreen State, already holding offers from UW, ASU, Oregon, Oregon, Nebrasksa and several others on top of WSU. One thing that helps WSU in his recruiting, though, is that McGary is a small-town kid.

In a recent interview with CF.C, the four-star prospect said he loved his time at the WSU Jr. Day event in February and that the community feel he felt in Pullman was welcoming. McGary went on to say that he enjoyed his time conversing with "country boy" and offensive line coach Clay McGuire and that he could definitely see himself living in Pullman for the next 4-5 years. McGary will definitely be a player to keep an eye out for.

Barrett told CF.C that he grew up watching Leach during his Texas Tech days and that he's always been intrigued by his coaching abilities. Barrett is another prospect who is trying to set up a trip to the Palouse for the summer.

At the wide receiver position, the Cougs have extended offers to Mark Andrews, UW commit Rashead Johnson, Josh Malone, Alex Van Dyke, Johnnie Dixon and Jalen Harvey, but Harvey could also play in the secondary for Washington State as well.

Of the six, Andrews is the highest rated prospect in the early rankings, being four stars and the 11th ranked WR in the land by Scout.com.

Andrews, out of Arizona, blew up on the recruiting scene after an outstanding junior season. CF.C's Joe Doyle recently caught up with the 6-6, 220-pound WR about his interest in Washington State: http://washingtonstate.scout.com/2/1268795.html.

Wrapping up the known offers on the offensive side of the ball, Leach and WSU have offered running backs Joe Mixon and Nick Wilson and the No. 1 tight end in the country Tyler Luatua.

The Cougs are also showing plenty of interest in Coeur d'Alene TE Chase Blakley, who was in Pullman last month for the Jr. Day event.

Over on the defensive side of the ball, the Cougs are putting in a lot of their efforts in the secondary. Who are the Cougs after? Check CF.C soon for a defensive recruiting roundup on who the Cougs are eyeing for defensive coordinator Mike Breske's unit.

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