Inside look at WSU coaches' recruiting areas

WASHINGTON STATE HAS seven assistants recruiting California for the 2014 class, the same as last year, but some of the names and territories have shifted with two new assistant coaches on board.

Territories are naturally crafted around a coach's longtime ties and relationships to certain areas, Washington State recruiting coordinator and chief of staff Dave Emerick told CF.C. recently. That said, a position coach will also be involved as will other coaches at times in the recruiting of certain student-athletes.

And of course, Mike Leach will always play a key role.

Joe Salave'a has done a rock-solid job in American Samoa with four recruits the last two classes – all of whom Leach and the Cougars are very high on. He has traded in the San Diego area in order to more fully focus on Samoa, and added Alaska.

Jim Mastro shifts his attention to the Bay Area. New assistant coaches Dave Yost and Ken Wilson will concentrate on SoCal, with Yost also in Phoenix.

Mike Breske adds Idaho and Montana to his areas from departed assistant Jeff Choate. Ken Wilson takes the Inland Empire from Eric Morris.

Clay McGuire will expand his reach in Texas, and there are coaches on WSU's staff who will also have targeted recruits across the country.

Here's the recruiting territory breakdown:

Mike Breske – Idaho, Montana, Spokane, Tri Cities, Wenatchee

Eric Russell – Western Washington, Portland, Vancouver (CAN), East Bay (I-80 South to I-580)

Jim Mastro – Bay Area

Paul Volero – San Fernando Valley, Santa Barbara, Bakersfield

Dennis Simmons – Los Angeles

Ken Wilson – Inland Empire (east of L.A., includes the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino)

Dave Yost – Orange County and San Diego, Phoenix

Clay McGuire – Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno, Texas

Joe Salave'a – Hawaii, American Samoa, Alaska

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