Four o-linemen talk Coug offers, recruiting

IT'S BEEN STRIKINGLY apparent of late in the Cougs' offensive line recruiting: Mike Leach is going after big bodies who are light on their feet. CF.C spoke with four such o-line prospects with WSU offers including an in-state product, a pair of hosses from California and even one from the Cowboy State.

Braden Eggert out of Napa, Calif. has yet to finish his junior year in high school but he's already 6-7, 305 pounds.

He picked up an offer from WSU a few weeks ago and said the Cougs instantly jumped up on his board.

"WSU is definitely sticking out to me right now as well as Boise State," Eggert said. "With WSU, I like their coaches and the whole aspect of the school. They offer a good education for their student athletes."

Eggert, who is being recruited by the Cougs at left tackle, has been in contact with McGuire since they offered.

"It was kind of a shock when I got the offer, but I was excited because I know they have a new staff who are looking to turn things around," Eggert said. "Coach McGuire talked about me heading up there for a visit and I'm pretty sure I'm going to try and make it out there this summer."

Eggert holds offers from San Diego State and Oregon State in addition to WSU. Other schools contacting him include Cal and Boise State. Eggert will be in Boise this weekend for an unofficial visit.

"Braden is a tremendous athlete…his ability to move is what sets him apart from other big men I've seen come out of high school. He has great hip flexibility that allows him to explode out of his stance. He transferred to our program late in the summer last year so he was playing catch up as far as learning our system. This year I expect him to explode now that he is comfortable with his surroundings," said his prep coach, Troy Mott.

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LEACH IS ALSO looking at an offensive lineman from the Cowboy State. Taven Bryan out of Casper, Wyoming stands at 6-5, 250-pounds, but his quick feet and strength caught the eye of the Cougs.

Bryan was offered by the Cougs in mid-March and he's been in contact ever since with area recruiter and WSU defensive coordinator Mike Breske.

"Their coaches like how big and strong I am and they I'm quick for my size," Bryan said. "They're looking for an offensive tackle to come in and make a difference and they think I can be that guy.

"We're just getting to know each other right now, but I've been doing a lot of research on them. They're making a lot of renovations to their stadium and facilities and from what I saw it was some pretty impressive stuff."

Bryan holds offers from UW, Wyoming and Colorado State in addition to Washington State, and schools like Tennessee, Kansas and Oklahoma are showing him increased interest. Bryan is headed to Oklahoma this weekend for an unofficial visit.

As for a visit, Bryan said he and his dad are hoping to make it out to the Palouse next weekend. He plans to also stop in at UW the same weekend.

Bryan added that no schools are really sticking out to him at this time.

"I'm just looking for good coaches and kind of a family setting," Bryan said. "I want to go to a school where there's a close knit group and I can get a good education. I want to be around good people and be involved with a good football program."

ANOTHER CALIFORNIA PROSPECT, o-lineman Kammy Delp from Pomona, recently appeared on the Cougar radar and an offer followed shortly after.

"They offered me about two weeks ago and I must say I was pretty excited about it," Delp said. "I had been talking with Coach (Ken) Wilson and he told me that he and the rest of the coaches really like my film and how I operate on the line."

Although the contact recently started between WSU and the 6-4, 305-pounder, Delp said the Cougs are one of the schools he plans on visiting next fall.

"I'm pretty sure I'm going to take an official visit up there to Wazzu," Delp said. "I have family that lives in Tacoma, so I'm trying to schedule a trip for sometime in the fall. I know their offensive line coach is going to come see me during spring camp as well."

So what sticks out about Delp's game that has the Coug staff interested?

"They like my motor and my tenacity on both sides of the ball," Delp said. "I know players are getting better every day, so I want to make sure I'm doing the same. I have good hand placement and skill technique too. They want me to come in and play offensive guard for them."

Although Delp said he is interested in the Cougs, there are some other programs that are sticking out to him early on.

"Right now I'd say Cal, ASU, Ole Miss and Boise State are the four schools I'm liking a lot right now," Delp said. "Those schools haven't offered yet, but I've been talking with them frequently.

"I'm still interested in all the schools recruiting me, though. I know how this process works. I'm going to take time with my decision and I won't rush it. I want to see how everything plays out."

MEANWHILE, FIFE'S Kaleb McGary is one of the more intriguing prospects. The 6-6, 272-pounder tripped to WSU for an unofficial visit in February and left favorably impressed with what Leach and OL coach Clay McGuire had to say.

Two months later, McGary said the trip has still left a mark on him.

"It was definitely a pretty neat place," McGary said of Pullman. "It reminded me of my hometown a little bit and it was nice to see some things that reminded me of my childhood. They're recruiting me as an offensive tackle and Coach McGuire and I are still in contact."

McGary, who doesn't have any spring trips set in stone as of press time, said that he, his prep coaches and some teammates are hoping to return to the Palouse sometime this spring.

"We're trying to plan a road trip to get out to Washington State and Boise State sometime soon," McGary said. "We haven't set a date yet, but we've been talking about it a lot lately and want to get out there."

In addition to WSU, McGary holds offers from UW, Oregon State, Oregon, Utah, ASU, Cal, Nebraska and Boise State.

"It's a process, but it's going," McGary said of his recruitment. "I'm definitely keeping all the schools pretty close to one another and I don't really have any leaders. UW has been coming after me the hardest, though. I'm keeping my eyes open and walking the line still."

McGary is being recruited as an offensive tackle by the Cougs but said some other schools are recruiting him at tight end and for different spots on the defensive line.

"I love defense and I love tight end, but in the grand scheme of things, if a school is willing to pay for me to get my degree, I'll line up wherever," McGary said. "As long as I'm able to whack the crap out of someone I'll be okay."

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