JUCO o-lineman has Cougs tied at the top

THE COUGS ARE tied at the top for a junior college offensive tackle prospect out of California. Wazzu's main competition is a school basked in warm temperatures year-round – but that looks to be helping the Cougars. He's also already been a part of one Pac-12 program. Confused? Read on…

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  • Jacob Seydel (6-6, 285) out of Riverside College has WSU and Hawaii atop his list. Both have offered. And one of "the little things" in WSU's favor?

    The weather.

    "I really like the area - I love cold weather," said Seydel. "It sounds funny coming from a guy from Riverside, but I just really enjoy that kind of weather. I'm not a huge fan of the heat and it's not really a big deal for me, but it's a small factor."

    The Cougars recently started recruiting Seydel, with inside receivers coach Eric Morris and OL coach Clay McGuire making the first contact.

    "The first time I heard from them was actually in mid-September," Seydel said. "Coach Morris gave me a call and offered me the first time we talked and I got to chat with Coach McGuire for a little bit as well. I've been talking with them for a little while, but I've been really busy with football and classes."

    SEYDEL'S RECRUITMENT IS a little different than most D-I prospects.

    Coming out of Arlington High in Riverside, Calif. Seydel was fully qualified – but he weighed about 230 pounds and had no offers. So he went the JUCO route. After his first year, UCLA came calling. He accepted their offer in mid-August and arrived on campus to begin fall camp workouts with the Bruins. But his move to Los Angeles didn't last long.

    "I was there for a couple of weeks but it wasn't really my style," Seydel said. "I came in late and it just wasn't a good fit for me, so I decided to come back to Riverside -- and I'm happy about it because it's a great program and I have great teammates."

    Seydel, who has three-to-play-two starting in 2013, saw his recruitment start from scratch since returning to his JC team but has since earned scholarship offers from WSU and Hawaii, with Colorado State showing increased interest. Back in August, in addition to UCLA he held offers from Florida International, New Mexico State and Nevada.

    On Monday, during his Cougar Club Luncheon in Spokane, Mike Leach said the Cougs were looking at bringing in a couple JC o-linemen this recruiting class. But he also said in order to build a successful program, the recruiting focus needs to primarily be on bringing in talent from the high school ranks. Leach added that very few JC kids are good. But Seydel appears to be an exception.

    "They've told me they like me because I'm not like most JC kids," Seydel said of WSU. "I didn't come here (Riverside) because of grades. I came here because I was undersized out of high school. Now I'm more physical and they like that about me. I don't just prance around on the line. I finish plays."

    SEYDEL SAID BOTH Morris and McGuire have told him that Seydel would have the opportunity to make an immediate push for playing time.

    "They want me to come in right away and play…" Seydel said. "They think I can help change the culture out there and I think I'm a guy who can help do that."

    In addition to a Washington State visit, Seydel said he is also planning on taking a trip to Hawaii (and potentially other schools) before making a college decision.

    "I mean, It's Hawaii," Seydel said. "Coach (Norm) Chow is a great coach and they're a school I'm going to have to take a look at as well. I've been really busy so I haven't really been able to look at them in depth but just off talking to the coaches, Washington State and Hawaii would be my top two."

    But Seydel won't have a lot of time to waste. He doesn't plan on taking any trips until after his season at Riverside (7-1) ends. And he plans on enrolling at a school in January.

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