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IN-HOME VISITS for 2013 prospects began on Sunday and with the mid-year JUCO signing period beginning Dec. 19, a pair of WSU coaches didn't waste any time traveling to California to meet with an OT prospect. The 6-6, 285 pound hoss told CF.C he has two official visits in the next two weeks but following his recent confab with the WSU staff, it's clear where the Cougs stand in his recruitment.

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Riverside OT Jacob Seydel hosted area recruiter Eric Morris and offensive line coach Clay McGuire on Sunday night and it couldn't have gone much better.

"We talked about the program and how they have a chance to do something special up there," Seydel said. "They showed me pictures of the campus, the new facilities and it looked great. They need some help up front too and I think I can help him there."

Seydel holds offers from Colorado State and Hawaii in addition to Washington State, while Arizona State is showing increased interest. ASU offensive line coach Bob Connelly also paid Seydel an in home visit earlier this week, but the Sun Devils are yet to extend a scholarship offer.

The sophomore lineman will visit Colorado State this weekend, and will then make the trip out to Pullman on Dec. 7. The two visits are his only scheduled trips at this time and Seydel said WSU is the team to beat as of now.

"I have to say that Washington State is still my top choice," Seydel said. "They're my number one pick right now, but I'll have a better idea once my visits are over. Washington State and Colorado State are definitely the two schools that are recruiting me the hardest."

While Morris and McGuire were visiting with Seydel, they talked about the Cougars thrilling 31-28 overtime win against Washington and it's something that caught Seydel's attention.

"I watched a little bit of the game and saw a glimpse of what the team could be if they get the program together," Seydel said. "I like the idea of being able to come in and impact the team right away. I want to be able to get in there to play and show what I can do."

His relationship with both Morris and McGuire is another reason he enjoys the thought of possibly donning a Cougar jersey in 2013.

"They both seem like great coaches," Seydel said. "I mainly talk with Coach Morris, but I've met with Coach McGuire a few times and he seems like a great guy. They know what they're doing up there and they've told me how they think I can help out the team next season."

Seydel will enroll at his college of choice in January and have three years to play two at the next level. He doesn't have an exact date set for his college announcement, but said he understands he may need to speed up the process.

"I really don't have a whole lot of time because I'm planning on enrolling in January," Seydel said. "It will probably come shortly after I take both of my visits, so maybe around late December."

Seydel's recruitment is a little different than most prospects. He was a full qualifier out of Arlington High, but chose to attend a junior college to bulk up. After his freshman year, he committed to UCLA this summer and even moved to Los Angeles for a few weeks before returning home to Riverside. For more background, check out this story CF.C had on Seydel in late October.

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