NEWS AND NOTES from around Planet Coug with the Cougs' final recruiting push underway... There's also buzz about a Coug basketballer who looks primed to make his jump to the NBA and more.

Lynden High offensive lineman and Washington State verbal commit Matt Meyer has scheduled his official visit for Jan. 18. Meyer has been in contact with special teams coach and area recruiter Eric Russell and recently set up the visit.

Meyer committed to the Cougs on Nov. 2 over offers from Eastern Washington and North Dakota. Meyer was also receiving plenty of interest from Boise State and said he felt the Broncos were getting close to offering. The 6-6, 290-pound hoss is also a standout on the basketball court for Lynden and has been a key figure for the Lions who are off to an 11-1 start and are atop the Northwest Conference standings.

As for Meyer's teammate and standout linebacker Caleb Newman, it appears he and WSU have split ways. Newman told CF.C that he will be visiting Army on Jan. 18 and is in the process of scheduling an official visit to the Air Force Academy for Jan. 25. Newman, who stands at 6-3, 225-pounds, said he has also receiving interest from Oregon as a preferred walk on.

CF.C projects Washington State to take one more offensive lineman to the six already in the class (total includes grayshirt B.J. Salmonson.)

It doesn't look like that spot will be filled by Forrest Reedy out of Huntsville, Texas. He's likely staying close to home to play his college ball, according to his high school coach.

"WSU was just quite a ways away for him… Forrest is going to visit Sam Houston this weekend and I think that's where he's going to end up," said Sean Martin.

WSU HAS 22 KNOWN commitments plus two incoming grayshirts. One of the five who enrolled this week (DE Lyman Faoliu, LB Ivan McLennan, OL Jacob Seydel, WR Robert Lewis and Salmonson) can be counted against the 2012 class. WSU is expected to oversign, for a total of 28-29 in the class. CF.C projects the Cougars to take 1-2 more defensive linemen, 1 offensive lineman, 1 cornerback and 1 from the best athlete category.

Montrel Meander, a safety/wide receiver out of Amarillo's Palo Duro High, could fit into that best athlete category. He is reportedly scheduled to trip to Washington State on Jan. 25 according to Yahoo Sports.

The 6-foot-3 and 185-pounder posted 109 tackles this past season. He holds offers from Houston, New Mexico, San Diego State and others.

Multiple media reports out of Europe and the United States say the NBA's San Antonio Spurs have signed or hope to soon sign former Washington State center Aron Baynes.

Baynes, who played well as a key reserve on Australia's Olympic team last summer, has been playing for Union Olimpija in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He was an all-star in Greece's top pro league last season. said the Spurs paid Union Olimpija $400,000 for Baynes, who has been averaging about 13 points and nine rebounds per game.

Baynes would become the second active Washington State product in the NBA, joining Golden State wing Klay Thompson.

Jeff Tuel isn't the only one with crimson ties who will be playing in the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Collegiate Bowl on January 19. Former Cougar WR Kevin Norrell has also accepted an invitation to play in the all-star game.

Norrell was named all-conference and third team FCS AP All-America after catching 66 passes for 1,388 yards and 15 TDs at Stony Brook. He's the only player in Stony Brook history to top 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

Norrell spent the past two seasons at Stony Brook following a season at El Camino College. He played a reserve role for the Cougars as a true freshman in 2008 before being suspended for the 2009 season after an off-field run in with the law. Norrell finished his two-year Stony Brook career with 20 TDs and 2,061 yards. The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will be televised live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. PT.

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