ROUNDUP: Cougar Recruiting

MIKE LEACH OFFERED a pair of defensive back prospects this past week from the same California high school, and both say the Cougs stand out in the early going. CF.C spoke with them about their summer plans, recruiting and more -- plus we take a look at some other prospects who just received Washington State full rides...

The latest known cornerback to have had a scholie put on the table from the Cougs was Oceanside, Calif. prospect Jace Whittaker. The 6-0, 170-pounder was offered by the Cougs on Thursday, with a pair of WSU assistants -- Joe Salave'a and Ken Wilson -- delivering the good news.

"They kept telling me how excited they were to be able to offer me," Whittaker said. "They were both very welcoming and I was so happy when they offered. It's been a dream of mine to play in the Pac-12 since I was a little kid and to see those dreams become a reality is special."

Whittaker has been receiving plenty of recruiting interest from Stanford, Colorado and Boise State, but Washington State was the first program to offer.

"The fact that they came in first really means a lot to me," Whittaker said. "Washington State is definitely going to stick out in my mind throughout the whole recruitment process."

Whittaker said he and the WSU staff talked about trying to get him up for an unofficial visit to the Palouse later this summer.

As a junior this past season, Whittaker was named first-team all-league defense and was also named to the all north county squad.

"WSU is recruiting me as a cornerback and they said they like how physical I am," Whittaker said. "I love to compete and I'm not afraid of anyone once I put the pads on. I want to line up against the best player out there and really get after him."

Whittaker added that he's in no rush to make a decision and that the Stanford Cardinal are another school that is peaking his interest early on.

ANOTHER PROSPECT FROM Oceanside that was offered last week by the Cougs -- three-star cornerback Alijah Holder.

The 6-2, 175-pounder defensive standout also spoke with Salave'a last week, who extended an offer.

"I was really excited to get it. I was actually waiting and hoping that they would come in and offer. It was nice to officially get it."

In addition to Salave'a, Holder spoke with assistant David Yost. Holder said Yost is planning to take a trip down to Oceanside to see him play during spring ball within the next two weeks.

As a junior, Holder recorded four interceptions for Oceanside, one of which he took back to the house for six.

Washington State is Holder's second Pac-12 offer. He has been offered scholarships by Arizona, San Jose State, San Diego State and Idaho. Schools such a Colorado State, UNLV and New Mexico are also showing increased interest, he said.

"I've taken an unofficial visit to Arizona and San Jose State and I liked both schools," Holder said. "I know about those two programs more than any other schools, but now I want to make sure I do my homework on Washington State. The coaches talked about me coming up there this summer and I definitely want to take that trip with my family."

Another prospect for Cougar fans to keep their eyes on is Holder's twin brother, Mikah Holder, who is also starting to hear from the WSU coaches. The 6-2, 160-pound WR holds offers from Arizona, Idaho, San Diego State and San Jose State.

Although Holder said he'd love to play with his brother at the next level, the two are in no way a package deal.

"It would be cool if we went to the same college, but its not set in stone that we have to," Alijah said. "If there's a better opportunity for us at separate schools, then we'll make that choice. We've talked about it and it'd be awesome to play together, but we decided it's not a must."

ELSEWHERE ON THE recruiting trail, the Cougs stayed busy last week offering several other prospects. This included CB Denzel Fisher, RB Das Tautalatasi and offensive lineman Patrick Lawrence.

• Fisher is a 6-2, 170-pound three-star prospect who told CF.C that the Cougs are one of his favorites early on in the recruiting process. Fisher is the God-brother of future Coug CB Daquawn Brown -- the two have been extremely vocal via twitter on their excitement about possibly playing in the Pac-12 together.

• Tautalatasi played both running back and safety this past season for De La Salle High. The California product checks in at 6-1, 185-pounds and has the potential to line up on either offense or defense at the next level. He currently holds offers from Arizona State and San Jose State in addition to WSU.

• Lawrence stands at 6-5, 250-pounds, which might seem small for an o-lineman, but his frame will allow for plenty of solid weight to be put on in college. The Waxahachie, Texas product has received plenty of college interest this year, hauling in offers from WSU, Baylor, Oregon State, Texas Tech and several others.

Per his twitter account, Longmont, Colo. offensive lineman Isaac Miller was in Pullman this past weekend for an unofficial visit. CF.C has a call in for the 6-7, 250-pounder.

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