Air Raid offense peaks visiting WR's interest

THE AIR RAID offense of Mike Leach attracts receivers far and wide. Case in point, a 6-1, 165 pound wide receiver prospect who heads to the Palouse this weekend on an official visit. A speedster from Amarillo, Texas, he tells CF.C the Cougs are in his top three...

Palo Duro High WR Charleston White will be joining his teammate and WSU safety target Montrel Meander for an official visit to Washington State. The pair are high on the Cougs entering their trip.

"We're both excited to go and for me personally, they're one of my top picks right now," White said. "I like that Mike Leach is their new head coach and that they throw the ball a lot. The offense that they run is exactly what I'm looking for."

White is coming off a senior season where he hauled in 26 receptions for 567 yards and six touchdowns. On defense, he added 50 tackles and two interceptions. His versatility led to offers from Arizona State, Nevada, Tulsa, New Mexico, Colorado State and the University of Texas-San Antonio in addition to Wazzu.

"I would say Washington State, New Mexico and Nevada are my top schools right now," White said. "I've heard that WSU has a great campus, so I'm looking forward to that and some of the new facilities they're working on. I want to get to know some of the players too because they could be my future teammates."

Leach was in Amarillo, Texas on Monday to pay White and Meander an in-home visit, with offensive line coach and area recruiter Clay McGuire. Both Leach and McGuire made quite the impression on where things are headed for the program, White said. The Cougs are recruiting him as an inside wide receiver.

"They told me they're going to sling the ball around and they need some speedy, nifty receivers to make plays. Coach Leach sees that in me and I'm very interested in Washington State right now because of their offense. The coaches like my acceleration and my biggest threat is my speed. I can break off short routes as well and make plays once the ball is in my hands," said White.

The trip to Pullman this weekend will be White's second official visit. He took a trip to New Mexico on Dec. 14 and added that he's also hoping to take a trip to Cal in the near future. The Golden Bears recently entered the picture in White's recruitment and will pay him an in-home visit on Thursday evening.

"They told me they're in need of a speedy receiver as well," White said of the Golden Bears staff.

As far as distance is concerned, White said both he and Meander are open to any school and that location isn't a huge priority for them.

"It's not a huge deal and we're open to moving away from what we've been used to our whole lives," White said. "We've planned most our trips together and the hope is to play together in college. The big thing for me though Is I want to feel at home when I visit a campus. I'll pick a school when I get the feeling that I belong there. I'll probably know when I take an official visit and see how well the team treats me."



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