WSU RECRUITING ROUNDUP

COUGAR COACHES have been piling up the miles during the May Evaluation Period, which will come to a close one week from today. At last check, Mike Leach and staff had extended 85 known offers for 2013 class prospects. Here's a look at some of the more recent offers, plus more recruiting news -- some of it not so good for the WSU o-line -- in and around Planet Coug.

The incoming Class of 2012, most of whom are expected to arrive in late June and begin WSU's summer bridge program, looks to be in pretty good shape academically. But it's a rare year when there aren't at least a couple of question marks. Offensive tackle Sam Jones, a signing-day surprise out of Pima CC, was a longshot back in February and his chances now look to be on life support.

"..Sam doesn't look like he will qualify and due to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) laws not much else I can say," Pima head man Pat Nugent emailed to CF.C's Braulio Perez. His apparent loss is cushioned by the fact WSU signed six other o-lineman in the 2012 class.

AS FOR THE COUGARS' 2013 CLASS, the emphasis -- based on the most recent series of scholarship offers -- is on the defensive side of the ball.

Very few prospects out West are hotter right now than cornerback Devin Ross (5-9, 170) out of Mission Hills, Calif. The Bishop Alemany sparkplug has picked up 10 offers in the past three weeks. The Cougs are among them but it looks like they have some catching up to do, with Ross saying three programs, Cal, Hawaii and Utah, are standing out.

Marcellus Pippins, a cornerback out of El Cerrito, Calif., holds offers from a pair of Pac-12 schools, Washington State and Utah, along with FSU, SDSU, UNLV and Utah State. Leach and Mike Breske like big corners, most that have been offered are 6-0 or taller. But Pippins checks in at a more traditional 5-10.5, 175 pounds and picked off seven passes as a junior. Of note, he also specializes in punt and kickoff returns.

CB Dashon Hunt out of Westlake Village, Calif. is listed as a UCLA commit (August 2011) and made his pledge before the staff change. He says he won't begin his official visits until after his season. He's another smaller corner a 5-9, 175 pounds, but Scout.com lists him as the ninth best CB prospect in the nation. He holds eight offers including ones from Washington State plus five other Pac-12 schools.

Jack Powers (6-6, 260) is a big defensive end prospect out of Salinas, Calif. With that frame some might wonder about o-tackle or d-line for the Palma High product but he says WSU is recruiting him at defensive end for their 3-4 scheme. He also holds an offer from Fresno State and schools like Stanford, Wisconsin and others are showing interest.

Sam Smith (6-4, 278), a nose tackle prospect out of Elk Grove, Calif. picked up a recent offer from the Cougs. His prep coach says he strikes exceptionally well, has heavy hands, extends his arms and rolls his hips with explosiveness. He has five offers: Wazzu, UNLV, Nevada, Fresno State and Colorado State.

OT Blake Nowland out of Castle Rock, Colo. has been offered by Washington State. The 6-5, 280-pounder out of Douglas County High says he plans on making a decision by the end of June. Some think he's looking like an in-state lean to Colorado.

Also of note, DE Dakota Turner (6-3.5, 255) out of Mililani, Hawaii is one of those types who could earn a WSU offer with a stellar camp performance in Pullman. WSU is adding a one day mini-camp this year, on June 16, to go along with their 4-day, full contact camp running from June 20-23. A hoops recruiting note to pass along: Michael Thomas (6-5, 185) a 2013 versatile forward prospect out of Woodland Hills, Calif. thinks WSU might be close to offering and plans on attending Ken Bone's Elite Skills Camp in June. He holds known offers from Boise State, UC Davis and Utah State.


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