Notes from the Cougar recruiting trail

IF JAKE ELDRENKAMP, the offensive line prospect out of Bellevue High, goes crimson on Feb. 1, he'll be in line to do something accomplished only twice before at Washington State. Meanwhile, the WSU official visit list for this weekend continues to grow...

The Washington State media guide lists lots of lettermen from Interlake and Newport high schools. But it lists only two, just two, from Bellevue High – Buddy Waldron, a strong safety ('92) and Jamal Atofau, who was dismissed from WSU following his freshman season.

Eldrenkamp is doing his best impression of a submarine gone quiet these days, having said he doesn't plan on doing interviews as he enters his recruiting homestretch. He has a visit to UW scheduled this weekend after tripping to Pullman this past weekend. WSU and Mike Leach offered him just days after he got to Pullman and started going through tape. UW then offered about a week later.

IT'S SHAPING UP as another big recruiting weekend for the Cougs.

Kenny Lawler texted CF.C late on Wednesday night to confirm he was travelling to Washington State, eschewing an official visit to Oklahoma State for the time being. The impetus for that decision looks to have been the recruitment this past week by WSU and Mike Leach, capped by an in-home visit on Wednesday by Leach and crew.

As evidence of how fast recruiting can change, an article this week had a three-star prospect down to a trio that didn't include WSU. We've since learned from two prep sources this morning that he's officially visiting WSU this weekend. The prospect in question hasn't returned phone calls or texts to this point so we haven't been able to confirm directly with him.

Brings up a point about visit lists – they're ever changing all the way up until Friday and even sometimes Saturday, and not much is ever completely certain until they step on the plane.

LOST IN THE wide sweeping changes of the commitment list since Leach came on board, some of the numbers.

WSU has a large haul of offensive linemen in the 2012 class, five of them to be precise – Eduardo Middleton, Sam Flor, B.J. Salmonson, Pierson Villarrubia and Denzell Dotson. In addition to Eldrenkamp, the Cougs are still looking at more possibilities, however, with massive junior college offensive tackle Carlos Lozano (6-7, 375) visiting this weekend.

Lozano has said he plans on deciding soon after his trip to WSU, but not announcing until Signing Day.

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