Cougar Recruiting Roundup

THE BIG QUESTION surrounding recruiting this time of year is always this: Who will the Cougs land at QB? After all, it's the position that tends to go fastest in the recruiting cycle. Wazzu coaches are out on the road for the May evaluation period -- and they'll be taking a closer look of at least one California signal caller next week.

Aaron Zwahlen (6-3, 195) out of Modesto will be under the crimson microscope next week at Downey High when WSU area recruiter Clay McGuire comes by,'s Brandon Huffman reports. Zwahlen is intriguing in part for the system he plays in.

Downey incorporated the Air Raid offense after the offensive coordinator, Zwahlen's father, "went and watched a Mike Leach offense," Zwahlen said.

Zwahlen as a junior threw for 2,924 yards on 184-327 passing (56 percent) with 29 TDs and 10 interceptions and was named first team all-conference and all-district. Zwahlen holds one known offer, from Hawaii.

Washington State has three known offers out to quarterbacks – Tyler Bruggman, (6-2, 202) ranked No. 20 in the nation, four stars and out of Phoenix, Ariz; Hayden Rettig (6-3.5, 205) ranked No. 28 in the nation, four stars and out of Los Angeles; and Baker Mayfield (6-1, 205) who is unranked but completed 71 percent of his passes with 45 TDs as a junior. Mayfield is out of Austin, Texas.

When might the Cougs land their man? The last three years, Washington State's QB commitment has come on June 6, July 8 and June 19. (Austin Apodaca, Cody Clements, Connor Halliday.)

LONG SNAPPER Cole Mazza is scheduled to make his announcement today. He holds offers from Washington State, UCLA and Utah.

He is thought to be a heavy UCLA lean.

A NOSE TACKLE Washington State has their eye on -- Rod Crayton from Alabama. He has the low-to-the-ground body type defensive coordinator Mike Breske likes for his 3-4 scheme at 6-1, 285.

He reportedly put up ridiculous numbers last season -- 162 tackles, 10 sacks, and 40-plus quarterback hurries. Doesn't matter what level of football, those are more like an elite speed rushing linebacker's stat line, not a 285-pound NT/DT.

Still, rates him just three stars. He has double digit offers listed on his Scout page, including full rides from WSU, Arizona, LSU, Penn State and Arkansas.

A POTENTIAL FUTURE entry to the WSU all-name team, Houston's Ogbonnia Okoronwu picked up a WSU offer this week. A 6-3, 220-pound defensive end prospect, he also holds offers from Utah, Texas Tech, SMU and Wake Forest.

Okoronwu played out of position this past year, at defensive tackle. He still racked up 50 tackles (13 for loss) and 11 sacks this past season.

CF.C is attempting to reach him for an interview. Among our questions, if WSU projects him at d-end or the BUCK linebacker position.

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