Northwest OT target high on Leach

WSU HAS 12 known verbal commitments and the remainder of the 2013 class openings figure to lean heavily towards the linemen on both sides of the ball. A three star offensive tackle prospect from the Northwest who holds a WSU offer talks with CF.C on the topics of Mike Leach, recruiting and more.

Washington State and Leach have definitely caught the eye of Max Rich (6-6, 315) out of Portland's Jesuit High.

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  • "I know the coaching staff is going to do some pretty good stuff. I've seen them up there and coach Leach is a great guy. I can definitely see him doing really well up there," said Rich.

    Rich is ranked the No. 73 offensive tackle prospect nationally by He was offered by WSU after he attended and performed well at one of the Cougs' summer youth camp events in June.

    He holds offers from Washington State, Yale, Harvard, Wyoming and others.

    "I hear a lot from Washington State, and I'm going to call the o-line coach Clay McGuire sometime next week… and then I'm hearing from Yale and Harvard," said Rich.

    LEACH LIKES athletic o-linemen who can thrive in a wide-splits environment, and Rich seems to fit that criteria nicely.

    "They like my size, I think they like the way I move a lot. I played basketball so they like my mobility -- they just like the way I play," said Rich.

    EDUCATION WILL be a key consideration, said Rich, and that has him seriously considering the Ivy League.

    "They're definitely great schools…they are definitely some top choices of mine," said Rich.

    Rich also said playing in the Pac-12 is a powerful draw, and that he and his family will put together an official visit plan in the next few weeks. A verbal decision could come sometime during the season, or after. He said he still wants to see if other schools might offer as well once the season gets going and tape goes out.

    Rich is also hearing from schools like Cal, UW and Oregon State, who have told him they want to see senior tape before deciding whether to offer.

    Jesuit enters the season as the favorite to win the Metro League title. Rich and his teammates take on McMinnville this Friday in the season opener.

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