Cougs tied at top of Cali OT's leaderboard

A 6-FOOT-7, 311-pounder with a crimson offer was at Washington State this past Saturday for the Cougs' first mini-camp/kicking showcase event. The three-star offensive tackle prospect out of California told CF.C it was an eye-opening experience at Wazzu -- so good in fact, it "definitely" solidified the Cougars' position on his leaderboard.

Braden Eggert out of Napa, Calif., was among the prep athletes on hand for the Cougs' first mini-camp. The up-close and personal visit and camp experience had a marked effect.

"I'd say Washington State and Boise State are definitely my favorites right now," Eggert said. "Those two schools are recruiting me the hardest and I've been able to check out both campuses.

"I went to a Boise State camp and really liked it over there. I'm going to try and get back there this summer. With Washington State, I'm hoping to get back there at some point in the fall for sure."

Eggert, out of Napa High, has two Pac-12 offers among his eight total rides -- Washington State and Oregon State, along with Boise State, Nevada, Fresno State, San Diego State, Idaho and Northern Colorado.

Eggert said he had June 15 circled on his calendar for weeks. He told CF.C he was anxious to visit the Pullman ever since he received his scholarship offer from the Cougs in late March and said he thoroughly enjoyed what he saw over the weekend.

"It was all very nice," Eggert said of his time on the Palouse. "Washington State has a really nice campus and I liked it out there a lot. Everything was new and the coaching staff was great. They were telling me how things are changing up there and how the new facilities are coming along.

"I was able to check out the new press box too and got a quick look at the construction that's going on. Everything is looking great over there."

Eggert added that he's also hoping to check out Oregon State, Nevada, San Diego State and a few other schools this summer, but said nothing was set in stone at this time.

AS FOR HIS camping experience at Wazzu, Eggert said he enjoyed working with the Cougar coaching staff, specifically offensive line coach Clay McGuire.

"I thought I did pretty good out there," Eggert said. "There were about 50 kids competing and the staff did a great job coaching us all up. Coach McGuire was giving me a lot of good pointers. We went over my form and we worked on some different technique stuff."

Eggert said playing in the stadium and touring the campus were the highlights of his trip, but another conversation also made the trip memorable.

"I was able to speak with Coach Leach and we met for about 20 minutes," Eggert said. "We talked about the program and I really liked what he had to say about the future. He's a good coach."

Eggert said he's not going to rush making a decision and if all goes according to plan, he'll make his decision following his prep football season.

With his size and frame, the Cougs are recruiting him as a left tackle.

For Eggert's highlight video CLICK HERE.

  • "Braden is a tremendous athlete…his ability to move is what sets him apart from other big men I've seen come out of high school. He has great hip flexibility that allows him to explode out of his stance," says Eggert's prep coach, Troy Mott.

  • The mini-camps sandwich WSU's primary team camp this year -- a 3-day, full contact event that begins tomorrow and runs from June 19-21.

  • Washington State will hold its second mini-camp/kicking showcase this Saturday. The non-contact camp offers prospects the chance to see the WSU football facilities, meet the coaches and participate in varying agility, 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 drills. All the WSU camps offer concentrated focus on both the fundamentals and football-specific skills.

  • Last year, ATH/QB Isaac Dotson, OL Cole Madison and OL Cody O'Connell all attended a Washington State camp where they earned WSU scholarship offers, later signing with the Cougs on Letter of Intent Day.

  • For complete details on all the June camps under Leach, CLICK HERE and for CF.C's earlier article on the 2013 WSU summer youth camps, CLICK HERE.

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