Will Alex Mitchell suit up for Leach at WSU?

MIKE LEACH HAS remade to a degree his incoming recruiting class for 2012, with seven prior commits headed elsewhere and five new faces joining the crimson and gray. So what about the holdover from the previous class, 6-3, 300-pound o-lineman Alex Mitchell? Will he be coming to Washington State to play for Mike Leach?

You betcha, he says.

"I have heard from the new staff, I've been fully re-offered again so it's all set," said Mitchell.

There was previous rumblings when the old staff was in place that Mitchell might also get a look on the interior of the d-line. Early indications under Mike Leach look to have him on the offensive line.

"I got introduced to new o-line coach, talked to the new recruiting coordinator -- it was just an introduction, but I've gotten a hand written letter from every coach which was really nice," said Alex Mitchell.

MITCHELL RACKED UP about 150 pancake blocks his senior season at Jefferson High in Portland. He was also a monster on defense. He squatted 575 pounds, with a bench of 345-pounds along with a 24-inch vertical jump.

He would have been far more heavily recruited in the '11 cycle were it not for questions about academic clearance. Still, he appeared all but in when WSU gave him the green light to come to campus this past fall camp. However, the NCAA eventually disagreed with WSU's academic assessment and Mitchell went back to Portland.

MITCHELL TOOK AN official visit to WSU for the Utah game so he can't come on another official in January. He did say he would come up on an unofficial if the coaches asked him to.

"And then I'm still expecting to come down there in the summer," said Alex Mitchell.

No chance of an early arrival in January, then?

"No, I'll be starting classes in January to get (fully qualified) and then I'll be headed up there to Washington State," said Mitchell.

Mitchell said he's gotten a few feelers here and there – the o-line coach at LSU being one.

"But I'm not set on any other school but Wazzu," said Mitchell. "I'm not looking to go anywhere else but Washington State," said Mitchell.

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