WSU Football Recruiting Notebook

THE BIGGEST recruiting camp event weekend in the Pacific Northwest has come and gone. It kicked off Friday with the Northwest Elite Camp on Mercer Island, continued Saturday with the "Skills and Drills on the Hill" competition at Skyline High, and then finished up in Eugene at the Nike Training Camp. Here's a Cougar-centric look at the news and notes coming out of the hectic talent hunt ...'s Jake Worthen spent virtually every waking moment on the Pacific Northwest recruiting trail this weekend. Here's his rundown..

OT Cody O'Connell, Wenatchee High (NW Elite OL MVP)
This mountain of a prospect is so rock solid in his verbal commitment to WSU that he's effectively put a "do not disturb" sign around his 6-8, 350-pound frame. O'Connell has shut down the recruiting process and is a lock to sign with WSU in February. A year after breaking out at the 2011 NW Elite camp, O'Connell showed Friday that he has begun the process of reshaping his body. He has traded some bad weight for more muscle and looks lighter on his feet. I still have some concerns as to his mobility in the college game being a 350-pounder, but O'Connell appears to be working hard this off-season and it will be interesting to see where he is at in the fall.

QB/ATH Isaac Dotson, Bellevue/Newport High (NW Elite QB MVP)
The 6-3, 200-pound Dotson holds offers from WSU, Eastern Washington, Montana, Montana State and New Mexico. All the offers, except WSU's, are for him to play quarterback. The Cougars see him at safety/linebacker or possibly receiver. He worked solely at quarterback this weekend and is a solid prospect. Dotson can play the position in college, as evidenced by his offers, although three of the four QB offers are from FCS schools. Make no mistake, he wants to play QB. However, he also wants a big-time program and the academic opportunities that come from a world-class university. Ultimately, he will have to determine how strongly he is committed to the quarterback position. Would he rather play defense at WSU in the Pac-12, or quarterback at a smaller program? Right now I would put WSU in the driver's seat, but a lot will depend on the potential offers he pulls in this fall.

LB Peyton Pelluer, Sammamish/ Skyline High
Pelluer is a good football player. He showed well at the NW Elite Camp on Friday and I got an extended look at him during the 7-on-7 competition at Skyline on Saturday. He can move and looked solid in coverage at both events. He plays with a very high football IQ and always seems to be in the right place. My only concern with Pelluer (6-2, 225) is his height. Not so much as it directly relates to his ability to play, but to his ability to add more weight and strength to his frame without sacrificing athleticism. Pelluer will try and earn more offers at camps this summer and I would expect a decision shortly thereafter. I see WSU as the favorite right now, over Colorado and Arizona State, but an offer from Oregon or Washington could elongate the process.

CB Markell Sanders, Sammamish/Eastside Catholic
Sanders looked like more of a safety than a corner to me on Saturday. He struggled in the 7on7 competition and a lack of quickness was the most glaring concern. Sanders has the height (6-1) the WSU staff desires in the secondary and looks very impressive coming off the bus. He has two firm offers now, from WSU and Nevada, and will camp at Washington and Boise State this summer and then likely make a decision shortly after. Like Pelluer, new offers could confuse things, but at this time I see him headed to Pullman.

WR Chidobe Awuzie, San Jose/Oak Grove High
Most schools are targeting Awuzie as a cornerback, but Awuzie stated that WSU offered him as a wide receiver. He played CB at the Nike event in Eugene and would have been the Scout staff's pick for DB MVP. He recently added a Utah offer and I would not be surprised to see him land more Pac-12 attention in the coming months. He has stated that he would prefer to play CB at the next level.

WR Jeremy Tabuyo, Honolulu/St. Louis High
WSU has visited Tabuyo in Hawaii and shown major interest. He is coming off a knee injury suffered last season, but looked fully healthy Sunday in Eugene. Tabuyo is a smaller receiver, but is quick out of his breaks and a very natural pass catcher. I think WSU is waiting like many other programs to see if his knee holds up this fall before extending an offer. He currently has offers from Utah, Hawaii, Kansas and Wyoming.

S Tere Calloway, Seattle Prep
I think that Calloway would really like an offer from Washington State; I am just not convinced he is going to get it. The Cougar staff has had plenty of opportunities to see and evaluate the two-way prospect and they haven't offered yet. That tells me he is at least not their first option. Still, I think Calloway could see an offer as we approach Signing Day and it will likely depend on how well the coaches recruit at safety and hold onto their guys.

CB Kahlil Dawson, Graham, Wash./Graham-Kapowsin High (NW Elite DB MVP)
WSU has shown a trend with the new staff of searching for tall corners. This may be one of the reasons that the 5-9, 160-pound Dawson has yet to receive an offer from WSU. I think the likelihood is small that he ends up with a Cougar offer and I don't have an issue with that. I do think he has shown better instincts and break on the ball than some players, like Sanders, that the staff has already offered.

All of the players listed above either hold offers from Washington State or are prospects that the staff has shown heavy interest in. The players below are not initial recruiting targets for the Cougars, but are worth watching as the recruiting year progresses and could move their way onto the Cougar recruiting board with stellar senior seasons.

2013 Prospects
Bothell RB/LB Darrin Laufasa (NW Elite LB MVP)
Federal Way WR Mike Tate (NW Elite WR MVP)
Bothell RB/CB Danny Wilson (NW Elite RB MVP)
Bellevue /Interlake WR Kamano Adriano (NW Elite WR MVP)
Everett OG Chris Miedema (NW Elite OL MVP)
Renton/Hazen DL Cody Moorhead (NW Elite DL MVP)
Sammamish/Skyline WR Nic Sblendorio
Shelton TE David Ajamu (NW Elite TE MVP)
Renton/Hazen DL Cody Moorhead (NW Elite DL MVP)
Cle Elum RB/LB Jake Gall (NW Elite RB MVP)

Top Underclassmen
Wenatchee 2014 RB/WR Isaiah Brandt-Sims
Federal Way 2015 RB Chico McClatcher (NW Elite Rising Star)
Mountlake Terrace 2014 OLB Devante Downs
Battle Ground 2014 OT Kaleb McGary

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