This QB could make Leach look like Houdini

IF MIKE LEACH pulls this one off, fans will have to consider abandoning The Pirate moniker and embracing a new one. Like The Magician. Brandon Huffman of reported late yesterday that Washington State has just offered a scholarship to Los Angeles-area 4-star quarterback Troy Williams. Here's why landing the senior-to-be from Narbonne High would be Houdini-esque...

He started getting offers more than a year ago, has over a dozen on the table, last week narrowed his list to five, and this week said he's going to make a final decision within a few weeks.

Clearly, though, the Air Raid has made an impression on the big-armed, highly athletic star who has thrown for 57 TDs and nearly 6,000 yards over the last two seasons.

While the last one in with an offer, WSU immediately leapfrogged seven earlier suitors -- including Wisconsin and Auburn -- on Williams' list.

That still leaves six others to overcome. And that's where it gets tough. Williams already has visited three of them this spring -- UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State -- and plans to swing by Washington next weekend. Could a side trip to Pullman be part of that tour? That's a question CF.C hopes to have answered shortly.

Williams told's Arizona site the other day that he has a top five of the four schools on his spring visit itinerary plus Florida, and that he plans to make a final decision shortly. Zona just landed a verbal from another QB but Williams said that didn't bother him.

THE QUARTERBACK RECRUITING sweepstakes is in full swing right now as the May Evaluation Period -- when college coaches are allowed to visit high schools and watch workouts -- nears an end.

One of WSU's early targets, Hayden Rettig of LA's Cathedral High, verbally committed this week to LSU. Two other early WSU targets, Max Browne of Sammamish and Jared Goff of Kentfield, Calif., pledged this spring to USC and Cal, respectively. In addition, two local QBs that were on WSU's radar, but not to the scholarship offer stage, also have pulled the trigger. Kolney Cassel of Yakima announced last night that he's headed to SMU and Tacoma's Sefo Liufau verballed with Colorado a month ago.

With the new offer to the 6-3, 190-pound Williams, WSU has three known QB scholies on the table to players who haven't committed elsewhere. The other two are 6-2, 202-pound Tyler Bruggman, whom WSU offered in February, and 6-1, 205-pound Baker Mayfield of Austin, Texas, whom the Cougs offered in April.

Mayfield also has offers from Rice and New Mexico and is hearing from Houston, Oklahoma and others. Bruggman, who was in Spokane last month for the Crimson and Gray Game, is a 4-star prospect from Phoenix who is rated by as the No. 20 QB prospect in the 2013 recruiting cycle. He has a dozen scholarship offers, including a brand new one from hometown favorite Arizona State. He said this week that he plans to narrow his list within two weeks and looks to make a final decision before football season starts.

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