Notes from the Cougar Recruiting Trail

THE COUGS AND Dawgs appear to be squaring off over some players still on the board. Meanwhile, there are updates on the younger brothers of two WSU defensive backs, plus a run-down on how the Pac-12 schools are ranking in the recruiting wars.

Jaydon Mickens, of Dorsey High in Los Angeles, didn't make an official visit to Oregon this past weekend -- which would seem to be great news for Washington State, Washington and Oklahoma State.

"No, I didn't go and I'm not going," Mickens told GoPokes.com. "Coach (Mike) Gundy and Coach (Jemal) Singleton come out to visit me this week, and I am planning on going to Washington State on a visit next weekend."

Mickens, who de-committed in November from USC, collected 1,336 rushing and receiving yards and 23 TDs this past season for a Dorsey team that went 11-2. He also played quarterback some during the season in addition to being a return specialist. He averaged 19.3 yards on punt returns. Earlier this month he earned MVP honors at the Semper Fi All-American Bowl in Phoenix.

MEANWHILE, CLOSER TO HOME, Bellevue offensive lineman Jake Eldrenkamp told Scout.com's Jake Worthen he enjoyed his visit this weekend to Washington, but is still weighing his options.

Eldrenkamp tripped to Washington State the previous weekend, and said afterward he was going to keep his cards close to the vest until his final decision.

"I am not going to be doing interviews, but the visit went really well," said Eldrenkamp of the UW. "I enjoyed my time getting to know Coach Cozzetto and the offensive linemen."

Eldrenkamp, whose parents are both Huskies, has narrowed his choices to Washington and Washington State.

ONE OF THE 11 OFFICIAL visitors at WSU this past weekend was receiver Cedric Dozier of Lakes High near Tacoma. On Sunday he was named by the Seattle Times as one of just five "blue chip" prospects in the state of Washington this recruiting cycle.

The four others are Josh Garnett (Puyallup/undecided), Zach Banner (Lakewood/undecided), Jeff Lindquist (Mercer Island/UW) and Keivarae Russell (Everett/Notre Dame). Dozier, who looks to play receiver in college, is rated one of the top 25 corner prospects in the nation and committed to Cal in October but is now reconsidering. The Cougs are obviously now right in the mix, and perhaps UW too since they hired away two of Cal's assistant coaches.

NOTABLE:

  • In addition to the 11 prospects in Pullman this weekend on official visits was another guy there for an unofficial -- All-State lineman Sam Flor of O'Dea High in Seattle. He took his official trip to WSU in early September and verbally committed two days later.

  • The first verbal commit in WSU's 2012 recruiting class, way back in April, was Cougar safety Deone Bucannon's younger brother David Bucannon. He took his official trip to WSU a week ago, effectively putting the cap on a great senior season. He led Vanden High in tackles with 127 and earned first-team all-Solano County Athletic Conference honors and also was a first-team All-State pick by FOX SportsNet (as voted on by Scout.com analysts). A force on both sides of the ball, he also caught 26 passes in 2011. He played in the Holiday Classic, the Bay Area's all-star football game.

  • Washington State safety Jay Matthews' younger brother Alex Matthews, a senior quarterback at Lake Oswego High, announced that he's headed to the Ivy League to play for Penn.

  • Letter of intent signing day is Feb. 1. As of this morning, Scout.com rates WSU's class No. 60 in the nation, just behind Nebraska and just ahead of Houston. That No. 60 ranking puts the class at 11th among Pac-12 schools, besting only Arizona, which is currently at No. 68. The rest of the conference stacks up this way in the Scout.com rankings: UCLA 10th in the nation, Oregon 17th, Stanford 20th, Cal 23rd, USC 31st, Oregon State 35th, Colorado 38th, Utah 44th, Washington 45th and ASU 55th.

  • WSU recruiting coordinator Dave Emerick will be in the Cougfan.com Chat Room on LOI day answering the questions of CF.C subscribers. The exact time has yet to be determined, but be sure to mark you calendar.

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