Double-digit visitors this weekend

IT'S THE FIRST official visit weekend for Mike Leach since he was named Washington State's head man. And by the looks of it, it's a big one with double-digit recruits touching down at Wazzu...

At least 11 official visitors are expected to trip to Pullman this weekend. Jaydon Mickens was also scheduled to trip but tells CF.C he's instead visiting Okie State, who newly offered him. Devian Shelton is also not coming, instead taking a Nebraska visit. Official trips are often set up all the way until the last minute, so more prospects could be on hand in Pullman this weekend.

A closer look at the list…

WR Gabriel Marks, Los Angeles, CA, Venice High, 5-11, 175
Marks is listed as four-star CB by Scout but he's being recruited by WSU and others as a wide receiver. Versatile and explosive, Marks has been won over by Mike Leach and staff in recent weeks though he's likely to take some time after the visit to make his decision. His very close friend Teondray Caldwell has already enrolled at WSU, which could be a key factor in Marks' eventual choice.

LB Jeremiah Allison, Los Angeles, CA, Dorsey High, 6-1, 210
Coming off a solid performance in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, Allison was a sack machine at Dorsey, with23 sacks this year, 63 sacks for his career. UCLA and Stanford are in his home state and the three-star linebacker has them high on his list, indicating Mike Leach would score a coup if Allison were to go crimson. He doesn't figure to decide until close to Signing Day.

S David Bucannon, Fairfield, CA, Vanden High, 6-2, 180
The Cougar verbal was named first team All-California by FoxSportsNext this past month after an outstanding senior campaign. The three star safety led the city with 114 tackles and also intercepted two passes, broke up nine others and forced two fumbles. He also caught 26 passes. He'll be playing with big brother Deone Bucannon in Pullman.

WR Robert Lewis, South Gate, CA, South East High, 5-10, 160
Like Marks, he pledged SMU earlier this year but June Jones' ill-fated dalliance with ASU has him concerned on if Jones will stay put. He had quite a year in leading South East to its first ever City Section D-II Championship. He played running back and free safety and returned kicks, with 36 total touchdowns, 203 carries for 2,023 yards (9.97 ypc), 20 receptions for 338 yards, 742 total kick return yards. He also had 59 tackles, 5 INTs and blocked three kicks.

OG Jake Eldrenkamp, Bellevue, WA, Bellevue High, 6-5, 295
He's choosing between Washington State and UW, having grown up a Husky fan. Although Bellevue runs the wing-t, Eldrenkamp says the Cougar coaches like his feet and project him to be a solid pass blocker. He has a very good friend in the 2012 class, Cougar commit Sam Flor out of O'Dea. Eldrenkamp is an excellent student, having drawn offers from Ivy League this past year.

LB Kache Palacio, Gardnea, CA, Serra High, 6-2, 225
The co-defensive MVP of the Mission League, he too pledged SMU earlier this year. But Washington State and UCLA are both vying heavily for him. The 6-2, 225-pounder played mostly on the defensive line, racking up 92 tackles (45 solo), 13.5 sacks, an interception, five pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

WR Alex Jackson, Culver City, CA, Culver City High, 5-10.5, 175
The Cougar verbal had four Pac-12 offers and is expected to take short passes a long ways for Wazzu. Jackson is both elusive and explosive, with 55 receptions for 1,083 yards and 12 touchdowns his senior campaign.

LB Keith Ewing, Bellaire, TX, Bellaire High, 6-1, 215
The first verbal for Mike Leach at Washington State, Ewing racked up 13 sacks this season on his way to being named Texas' Class 5A District Co-Defensive MVP. The anchor of the Bellaire defense his last two years as an outside linebacker, look for Ewing to move to inside linebacker at Washington State.

WR Brett Bartalone, La Habra, CA, La Habra High, 5-10, 180
Bartalone, who committed earlier this month to Wazzu, is fast, having been named first team all-county and the Freeway League offensive player of the year his senior season. He had 50 receptions for 643 yards and eight touchdowns but he was also used extensively in the running game, rushing for 924 yards with nine touchdowns, averaging 7 yards a carry. He rushed for more than 100 ground yards in games twice this season. Bartolone is also an exceptional student.

RB Theron West, Wilmington, CA, LA Harbor, 5-7, 170
West verballed to WSU, took a step back and looked around and now seems to be racing towards WSU once again. He's a potential yardage machine, with a lot of shake, bake and speed at his disposal. How fast he adjusts to the speed of the game at the Pac-12 level will be key, and he could also make a significant mark in the return game at Washington State.

OG Niu Sale, Wilmington, CA, LA Harbor, 6-3, 300
West's teammate, Sale is said to be leaning heavily towards ASU, where he was once committed earlier this season. He's one of the most ready JUCO players out West to contribute his first year at the next level, which has boosted his stock.

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