Breaking down recruiting areas of WSU coaches

IF THERE WAS any doubt that southern California was going to be a major recruiting focus in the Mike Leach era at Washington State, wonder no longer. Three of WSU's nine assistant coaches are assigned to the Los Angeles Basin, and a fourth will handle San Diego as part of his duties. Close to home, the state of Washington, will also see a heavy recruiting emphasis.

The previous staff at WSU placed extra emphasis on the northern part of the Golden State, particularly the Bay Area and Sacramento. Mike Leach is going further south for his added point of emphasis in California.

The state of Washington will be well traveled by the Washington State staff, with three Cougar coaches canvassing the state.

Territories are naturally crafted around a coach's longtime ties and relationships to certain areas. Joe Salave'a, just as one example, is from San Diego.

Here's a breakdown on the WSU recruiting territories under Leach:

Mike Breske: Spokane/Pullman, Southwest Washington, greater Portland to Vancouver, plus targeted recruits around the country

Jeff Choate: Idaho, Montana, Eastern Washington (except Spokane and Pullman), Houston

Eric Russell: Seattle, Tacoma, Everett and Bellingham, Oakland and East Bay Area

Dennis Simmons: Inner Los Angeles and surrounding area

Paul Volero: North Los Angeles plus all the communities north of LA en route to the Bay Area

Joe Salave'a: San Diego, American Samoa, Hawaii

Clay McGuire: Sacramento, Fresno, Bakersfield

Eric Morris: Dallas, California Inland Empire, Arizona.

Jim Mastro: Orange County and north to LA

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