California defenseman in crimson orbit

ONE RECRUITING SELLING point for Washington State football coaches is the strength and conditioning program. Indeed, Rob Oviatt, the school's director of physical development, is one of only three active strength coaches in the USA Strength & Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame. That's a fact not lost on one Cougar recruiting target who recently received a WSU offer.

Lester White, a 6-1.5, 205-pounder with a 4.48 time in the 40 who hails from Riverside, Calif., says he's been made aware of Oviatt from the WSU staff recruiting him.

"He's one of the best in the nation and is in the hall of fame...Depth on the depth chart, the strength coach and then just how their program is in general will (be important.) Distance doesn't really matter to me," said White.

Washington State likes him as either a safety or running back, with White saying he prefers playing defense.

"They're trying to move their program back up in the Pac-10 so that would be cool to help out with that," said White.

The Cougs were first to offer the J.W. North High standout.

IN ADDITION to Washington State, White holds offers from Nebraska, UNLV, ASU and Boise State. He's also hearing from Arizona, USC and UCLA.

White said Washington State talked about his playmaking ability and field coverage when extending their offer. He said he may go to a couple camps and unofficial visits close to home but with the high price of gas, doesn't figure to venture out too far from California this offseason.

Official visits look to be key, with White saying he anticipates it being the middle of the season as the time when he'll start looking to make a verbal commitment.

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