Texas trio trips to Palouse this weekend

MIKE LEACH WAS in the Lone Star State earlier this week for an in-home visit with a pair of touted prospects. Both of them will also trip to Pullman this weekend on official visits.

Mike Leach and offensive line coach Clay McGuire were in Texas on Monday, visiting Palo Duro High safety Montrel Meander and wide receiver Charleston White.

CF.C spoke with Meander, who said both he and White are ecstatic for their trip to Pullman this weekend.

"We both can't wait to get up there," Meander said. "Coach Leach told us he's trying to recruit Texas boys up to Washington State and that he wants to make it a bigger state to recruit than California. Everything is set for us to get up there and Charleston and I both look forward to seeing the campus and the small-town community Coach Leach and Coach McGuire were telling us about."

At least three Texans will be at Wazzu this weekend, with commit Myron Turner also expected in town for his official.

WHITE IS A 6-0, 160 pound inside WR prospect who holds offers from Colorado State, New Mexico, Nevada, Tulsa and several others in addition to Washington State. Meander is being recruited by the Cougs at the safety position.

At 6-3, 180-pounds, Meander said his athletic ability for being so tall separates him from other prep prospects.

As a senior this season, Meander recorded 109 tackles (57 solo), seven pass deflections and one interception. He also added 24 receptions for 364 yards with three touchdowns as a wide receiver.

"The coaches told me that after watching my highlight tape, they liked how I was such an aggressive player," Meander said. "They said it's not common to see tall athletes play the safety position like I do. I'm quick and I can fly downhill and make reads. I think I'm a physical player who can make plays."

MEANDER HOLDS OFFERS from Texas Tech, Houston, Nevada, San Diego State, Colorado State, Tulsa and others in addition to Wazzu. He said Nevada, San Diego State and Washington State are his top three, but the Cougar coaching staff stands out for one reason in particular.

"They've just been honest with me," Meander said of the WSU staff. "They're all really good coaches and they're not feeding me bull like some of the other schools. They told me I need to come up there and compete for a spot and work my tail off. Other schools were telling me I'd start right away, but I felt like they were just telling me that to get me to go to their school.

"WSU told me what I have to do if I want to be on the field and I liked that."

DURING THE in-home visit on Monday, Meander said Leach and McGuire provided him a great picture of what he can expect from the Pullman campus. The official visit will be Meander's third, having already tripped to San Diego State on Dec. 1 and New Mexico on Dec. 14. Meander said he is planning at least one more visit for the weekend of Jan. 25 to either Houston or Tulsa.

As for this weekend, Meander said he's hoping to get a feel for the academics at WSU, which will be a major focus for him in making his final decision on where to attend school next year.

"I want to make sure the school I go to has good programs and the graduation rates for the football team is high," Meander said. "I don't want to just be a football player. I want to be a good student as well.

"I'd also like to be on a team that has good leadership. I'm a competitive guy and I want to be around other athletes who have the same competitive edge."

Meander said he doesn't expect to make a decision this weekend and will likely pick his school of choice a week before signing day.

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