4-star QB is high on Mike Leach

HAYDEN RETTIG, ranked 4 stars and the No. 28 quarterback prospect in the land, still has data to process and some things to figure out before making a college decision. But he is getting closer. Where do Washington State and Mike Leach stand?

That requires some reading between the lines.

"I have a top five, but I'm not going to (divulge it) at this time," said Rettig.

Fair enough. Did Rettig get up to WSU, Boston College, Miami and other schools this spring as planned?

No, his schedule didn't allow for any of the planned trips, he said.

But his thoughts on Mike Leach would seem to indicate the Cougs are in that list of top five schools.

"I really, really like Mike Leach," said Rettig. "I'm definitely going to try and get up there to Washington State soon, in the summer."

Rettig says he plans on likely making a decision sometime this summer, but wasn't sure if it would be early or late summer.

RETTIG, A POCKET PASSER, has read up on Leach and Wazzu, and he knows all about how QBs have thrived in Leach's Air Raid. Four times at Texas Tech, Leach quarterbacks threw for more than 5,000 yards in a season. From 2002-08, Leach's QB each of those seven seasons surpassed WSU's all-time record holder (Ryan Leaf, 3,968 hashes in 1997).

"Coach Leach has told me I can -- that I'm very capable of throwing for 5,000 yards (in a season) at WSU," said Rettig.

RETTIG'S JUNIOR CAMPAIGN in 2011 was basically over before it started. After throwing for 508 yards in the opener, he tore his ACL in Week 2. But such was his body of work in his sophomore season that he's received over 15 offers, including rides from WSU, Arizona, ASU, Cal and UCLA in the Pac-12, despite missing virtually his entire junior season. (Note: Cal may no longer have an open QB slot, having received a verbal from Jared Goff.)

"Recruiting is going good, I'm healed up and 100 percent back now … some coaches have told me if I hadn't (lost the junior year to injury) I could be the No. 1 QB in the country," he said.

But still, No. 28 is nothing to sneeze at. And Rettig is also on pace to graduate early from high school, thereby enabling him to get a big head start. By enrolling in January, he would get a jump on college coursework, join the football program and become eligible to participate in offseason workouts and, the big prize on the college football side of things, would take part in spring ball. All before the rest of his recruiting class arrived in the late summer.

Hayden Rettig profile

  • Rettig is close friends with incoming WSU wide receiver Gabriel Marks.

  • Rettig is the younger brother of Boston College starter and junior-to-be Chase Rettig, and BC has long been recruiting the younger Rettig.

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