Portland OT high on Cougs, WSU staff

THE BULK OF the remaining slots in Mike Leach's 2013 recruiting class are projected to be filled by the big guys in the trenches. One Cougar o-line target is a hulking tackle from Portland who earned his Washington State offer on the field in Pullman.

Mike Leach likes big, athletic tackles who can excel on a wide-split offensive line. He and the WSU staff obviously liked what they saw during a June camp event from Max Rich (6-6 ½, 315) out of Jesuit High.

"It was great up there. I called them after the camp and they offered me… they just said they would love to have me and that I would fit well with what they are going to do at Washington State," said Rich.

RICH ALSO HOLDS offers from Harvard and Yale. So the decision could come down to playing big time college football or getting an Ivy League education.

"I liked it at Washington State, they're definitely going to do great things…they're keeping me interested. (OL coach Clay McGuire), he's a good guy, I like him, that whole staff is going to bring WSU back and they're going to do great things. And then the (Ivy League schools) are great schools, they give people huge opportunities, " said Rich.

RICH IS ALSO being recruited by the Oregon schools, who each have told him they want to see game tape from his senior season before deciding on whether to offer.

He said he's been hearing more and more from other schools since the Cougs offered.

Timetable-wise, Rich anticipates making a decision "during the season," after his coaches send out tape on his senior campaign for evaluation.

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