Texas ATH could be one to watch for Cougs

MIKE LEACH HAS made a concerted effort to develop a recruiting pipeline in the state of Texas and the class of 2014 offers a prospective athlete with quick feet and bullheaded approach to the game.

He's awaiting his first offer, but Richardson, Texas prospect Kendrick Igbinoba (6-2, 220) hopes Washington State will put a full ride on the table in the coming months.

"I like how he coached at Texas Tech," Igbinoba said of Mike Leach. "I was more of a Texas guy myself, but I watched every single Tech game."

Igbinoba is being recruited as an athlete for the class of 2014, and believes he can play virtually any position on the offensive side of the ball except the offensive line. He's a guy that wants the ball in his hands, and for good reason.

"I believe I'm strong enough to play any position, including tight end," Igbinoba said. "I think I bring a sense of strength and speed that most offenses could utilize, especially Leach's."

As a junior, Igbinoba suffered a stubborn ankle injury that ended up nagging him throughout the season. He was able to participate in just half of his team's games. Despite the injury, Igbinoba was able to average almost 12 yards per carry at the running back position on 30 touches.

"I don't care what position I play," Igbinoba said. "I like that Washington State is a score-first team. That's important to me."

Igbinoba possesses quick feet for his size, as well as a very powerful lower body that helps him break through would-be tacklers regularly. The Texan has a good stiff arm, as well as good lateral agility allowing him to make plays in open space.

Aside from the physical intangibles, Leach may like the young Lone Star State prospect for other reasons.

"I am a good leader, sir," Igbinoba said. "I can lead a huddle."

While most everything is bigger in Texas, Igbinoba's offer sheet is small at the moment. Several schools are interested in the aggressive young playmaker, though none have come knocking just yet. "Ole Miss might be close to offering," Igbinoba said. "I want to take some camps and see what happens."

Aside from the Cougs, Igbinoba said Arizona, SMU, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Iowa State and the aforementioned Ole Miss are all interested in seeing what he can bring to the table. Igbinoba said Washington State is ‘definitely' one of the schools he intends on visiting.

"I want to head up there this year on at the very least an unofficial visit," Igbinoba said. "Coaches want to see me in person."

Igbinoba and Richardson went 4-7 in 2012, but Igbinoba said he hopes to lead the team to a better record in 2013.

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