Cougar Recruiting Roundup

WASHINGTON STATE has made 64 known scholarship offers for its 2013 football recruiting class. Among the most recent and intriguing is a prospect out of Los Angeles who plays the position every coach likes to build a class around.

Quarterback Hayden Rettig of Catherdral High in Los Angeles has received an offer from the Cougs, Brandon Huffman of reports. Rettig is rated the No. 27 QB prospect in the nation. He is the younger brother of Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig and, like his brother, is attracting offers from around the country.

Rettig is the third known prep QB to receive a WSU offer in this early going of the 2013 recruiting cycle. The others are Jared Goff of Kentfield, Calif., and Tyler Bruggman of Phoenix. They are rated the Nos. 19 and 23 QBs in the nation.

The No. 1 prospect on Scout's QB list is Max Browne of Skyline High in Sammamish. Two sources in the prep coaching ranks told CF.C a month ago that the Cougars have offered Browne, but when contacted directly Browne said on two separate occasions he had not received an offer from WSU.

Look for the QB recruiting wars to start taking real shape next month. The college trend in recruiting has been to secure the QB early, so the verbal pledges should start rolling in during the NCAA's May Evaluation Period, which runs from mid-April to the end of May.

MEANWHILE, IN THE TRENCHES, the word big just doesn't cover it when describing offensive line prospect Emerald Faletuipapai of Gardena, Calif. He checks in at 6-6, 345 pounds and he's not even done with his junior year of high school yet. Washington State is among the schools on his radar and an offseason visit may be forthcoming.

He had planned on coming up for the Cougars' recent junior day event but it wasn't in the cards.

"I wanted to take care of school first," Faletuipapai told CF.C recently. "But recruiting is going good, I'm talking to most of the Pac-12, and I'm ready to start (doing more) with the schools recruiting me. We'll see how the spring goes, I hope to get an offer from Washington State."

Faletuipapai has a good idea on the things that will be important to him and said he hopes to get to Washington State in the near future.

"I'm a very family-based person. I'm interested in seeing what it's like at Washington State.. as well as at other schools," said Faletuipapai.

Faletuipapai's size and strength are obvious -- in high school he plays against players far smaller. But what is drawing collegiate recruiting attention is his footwork. For his size, he's light on his feet indeed.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COUGAR recruiting front, recent offers have been made to ...

  • S Su'a Cravens: Rated the No. 2 safety prospect in the nation, Cravens, from Murrieta Calif., could be an outside linebacker at the next level. He checks in at 6-1, 205 and has plenty of room on his frame. He did it all as a junior this past season, taking over games with 96 tackles, 11 sacks and three interceptions. Offensively, he rushed for 673 yards and 15 touchdowns and caught 20 passes with four TDs.

  • ILB Chans Cox: Despite playing against small school competition in Arizona and a shoulder injury impeding his junior season, Lakeside inside linebacker Chans Cox has earned an offer from Washington State and has seen his recruitment explode. He has double digit offers including multiple Pac-12 rides. In a shortened junior campaign, he posted 61 tackles and rushed for 682 hashes and 13 TDs.

  • LB/DE Austin Hooper: The Cougars recently offered the two-way prospect out of Concord, Calif. The De La Salle standout didn't always play into the second half of blowout wins but still logged 46 tackles and 10.5 sacks, and caught nine passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns in a veer offense. he has lots of room on his 6-4, 223 frame and could make and, speculatively speaking, could make an exceptional Pac-12 BUCK linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

  • DT Marquel Combs: Junior College nose and d-tackles who can play immediately are always in high demand. Combs, out of Pierce College in L.A. with 3-to-play-2, received an offer from the Cougs recently, adding to a total that was already well into the double digits. Combs had 34 tackles, including 10 for-loss and 2.5 sacks. Combs didn't start playing football until his senior season in high school -- he did well but did not qualify academically, necessitating the JC detour.

  • LB/SS Michael Hutchings: Also from De La Salle, also five stars, also has loads of offers. The outside linebacker prospect is 6-1, 210 but he could also play one of the inside positions in a 3-4 and holds a WSU offer, along with a boatload of others. But Hutchins wants to play strong safety. On one of the best De La Salle defenses of all time, he recorded 56 tackles and two sacks.

  • WR Sebastian LaRue: The Santa Monica High prospect is ranked No. 7 in the nation. He pulled in 60 receptions for 949 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior. Defensively, he posted 36 tackles and four picks, plus four returns for touchdowns.

  • WR Elridge Massington: He's a big target out of Mesquite, Texas, checking in at 6-3, 205. Massington was named first team All-District 15-4A as a junior and is fast approaching towards 20 offers.

  • RB Craig Lee: Rated among the Top 5 running backs in the West, the Redlands, Calif. 6-0, 188-pounder plays bigger than his size due in large part to his balance. Lee does everything well, including the fact he has very good hands coming out of the backfield.

  • WR Francis Owusu: He's also been named among the West's best by Scout, at receiver. The 6-3, 195-pounder and younger brother of Stanford WR Chris Owusu is both polished and fast, gains good separation coming out of his break and is adept at winning the jump-ball battles.

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