Cougs making LBs a 2014 recruiting priority

OVER ON THE defensive side of the ball, the secondary is a position of recruiting importance but Washington State has also made it clear the linebacker spot will be a point of emphasis for 2014. The Cougs have already offered 11 LB prospects, more than any other position thus far. The most recent went to a formerly under the radar Cali prospect who is starting to make a recruiting splash.

Carlsbad High outside linebacker Jordan Perez (no relation) had a season to remember in 2012. The three-star prospect recorded 64 tackles and seven sacks on defense, while adding 16 receptions for 384 yards and four touchdowns at tight end for the Lancers. Perez's versatility allowed him to play LB, TE, full back, receiver and safety, which caught the attention of the Washington State coaches, who offered him a scholarship over the weekend.

The 6-2, 210-pounder holds offers from BYU, Oregon State and Utah in addition to Washington State.

Another recent OLB offer extended by the Wazzu staff came to Vista Murietta junior Greg Hoyd. The 6-2, 200-pound LB, who also holds offers from Utah, Duke and New Mexico State, announced via twitter that he had received the offer from the WSU staff: Greg Hoyd III ? @ GregHoyd3 Man GOD is good!! Just received the Washington State offer!! # GH3 # washingtonstate

Hoyd is ranked three-stars by and is also slotted as the 40th best OLB in the land. Hoyd recently told CF.C that the Washington State coaches are showing him plenty of love and that he is plenty intrigued by the offer.

Keeping the focus on California, St. John Bosco OLB prospect Malik Dorton also holds a Washington State offer in his pocket. The 6-3, 235-pound four-star recruit holds a long list of offers, with UCLA, Arizona State, Colorado, Ole Miss, Utah, Washington and several other schools putting scholarships on the table.

Dorton recently told's Brandon Huffman that the WSU staff is putting in the time and effort to reach out to him. For the complete interview of Huffman with Dorton, click here:

On top of the three prospects mentioned above, the Cougs have also offered Dwight Williams, D.J. Calhoun, Jamardre Cobb, Marquis Ware, Gyasi Akem, Donavin Buck, Joey Alfieri and Curtis Bolton at OLB.

Meanwhile up front, the Cougs have offered defensive end Deondre Clark and Ainuu Taua and Bellevue High standout Marcus Griffin -- both defensive tackles. Griffin received his first offer from the Cougs back on Feb. 12 and told CF.C he was ecstatic to get the offer. So much in fact, he didn't hesitate in naming WSU as his leader.

Now, one month later, Griffin said he remains extremely interested in Washington State, but he has seen his interest pick up. The three star, 6-3, 280-pounder picked up offers from Wyoming and Colorado State and added that schools like California and Iowa could be close to offering.

Griffin also said the he is hoping to visit the Washington State campus at some point during spring football camp, which is scheduled to begin next Thursday.

Last but not least are offers going to players in the secondary.

The Cougs have extended scholarship offers to seven safeties and five cornerbacks. At the safety spot, Juju Smith, Cordell Dorsey, Derrick Dixon, Jeff Farrar, Glen Ihenacho and instate prospects Budda Baker and Drew Lewis have WSU offers. At CB, Adoree Jackson, Edward Paris (LSU commit), Jaleel Wadood (ASU commit), Naijiel (Nate) Hale and Adarius Pickket have also been offered by the Cougs.

CF.C also had this report posted a few weeks ago, providing updates on Dorton, Hale, Wadood and offensive lineman Damien Mama:

For our recent article focusing on 2014 offers made to offensive players:

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