RECRUITING: Leach continues to canvass SoCal

MIKE LEACH IS continuing to strongly recruit southern California for the Cougs' 2013 class. Santa Margarita High is a small private high school but two prospects from there already have WSU offers. It's also the same high school WSU plucked Klay Thompson out of a few years back.

OT Riley Sorenson (6-5, 330) holds four offers, three from Pac-12 schools. He told Scout.com's Brandon Huffman he will "probably" take an unofficial to WSU this spring.

S Connor O'Brien (6-3, 205) also has four total offers including full rides from WSU, OSU and Colorado. He led the CIF-SS Pac-5 Division in interceptions with eight as a junior, finishing second in the state while racking up 91 tackles.

O'Brien's dad and uncle plays at Colorado. He is not yet rated by Scout.com.

Rated three stars, Sorenson is among the Top 10 in the West at his position according to Scout.com.

"I talked to Mike Leach on Thursday night and he offered me," Sorenson said back in February. "I was surprised at first because they are a big program, but I am really excited about it… Coach Leach emphasized that they are working on rebuilding the program from the ground up and a big part of how they are doing that is by trying to get a bunch of great o-linemen. He said he thought I would fit into their program quite well."

Also on WSU's radar but not yet offered are two more Santa Margarita prospects -- C Dane Crane (6-3, 295), who holds an offer from Colorado, and WR River Cracraft (6-2, 205) who could be close to landing an offer from Duke.

ALSO OUT OF southern California and offered by WSU is Max Redfield out of Mission Viejo. The 6-2, 195-pounder is ranked the No. 6 safety prospect in the nation and will have his choice of schools.

Scout.com is projecting him on the defensive side of the ball but he also has considerable skills at wide receiver.

As noted in this earlier CF.C story, a heavy recruiting emphasis has been placed on SoCal by Mike Leach. 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.

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