Top to bottom in-state WSU crop may have legs

THE COUGS HAVE five known offers out to state of Washington prospects and one commitment from inside the Evergreen State borders. With the May Evaluation period humming along, both those numbers figure to go up. Here's why.

First off, WSU chief of staff said at the onset of the May Evaluation period that the Cougs were going to be hitting the in-state high schools hard this spring.

That would seem to indicate the Cougs very much like the in-state crop or at the least, are intrigued by the possibilities.

AS COUGAR COACHES visit more in-state high schools and ferry more tape back to Pullman for Mike Leach to view, more of those recruits are expected to gain crimson offers.

Is it a banner year? No. But there may be more depth than the state is getting credit for.

Although there are only two WA prospects who are on the Top 300, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of solid three-star and unheralded two-star products, some of whom could will ultimately gain a WSU offer.

Just look at last year.

ONLY TWO in-state prospects made the Top 300 in that year too but Washington State ultimately offered 13 in-state prospects last year, with six of them committing to WSU.

That makes for a substantial percentage of a 25-member recruiting class, particularly in light of the restrictions on oversigning that were introduced last year.

Offensive linemen like Cole Madison and Matt Meyer didn't make Scout's Top 300 but Emerick made it very clear on multiple occasions that the Cougs were thrilled with them and others in the class, believing they're going to help WSU immensely over the course of their careers.

Will this year yield the same?

We should know in the not-too-distant future, with the May Evaluation period coming to a close at the end of the month and the Cougs' summer youth camp events in Pullman in late-June.

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