WSU recruiting roundup from in-state combine

BELLEVUE - Several prospects on the Washington State recruiting radar were on hand Sunday at Bellevue's Interlake High School for a Barton Football Combine. This included a 6-4, 238-pound in-state defensive end who had 15 sacks this season and is also a teammate of future Coug defensive lineman Marcus Griffin, who jumped in front of the CF.C lens to talk about his future at WSU and more.

Bellevue High defensive end Shane Bowman has seen his college recruitment pick up over the last few weeks. A relatively under-the-radar prospect, Bowman has received scholarship offers from Nevada, UNLV, Northern Colorado and Montana State, and several other schools are showing interest.

This includes Washington State.

The Wolverine standout was a spectator for Sunday's Barton Combine, but spoke with CF.C about his high interest in the Cougs.

"I've been talking with Coach Eric Russell and Coach Joe Salave'a," Bowman said. "I talked with them two days ago and I'm getting pretty close with them. I went down there a few weeks ago too to check out the campus and the weight room and stuff and I liked what I saw. It's a pretty cool place and the coaches are nice.

"I really got a long with Coach Salave'a and that's what kind of opened my eyes a little bit about their program. I'm definitely pretty interested in them right now but I don't know when they're going to offer. The coaches said they want to see a little bit more of me in action because I put on some size and they want to see if I can still move around."

Bowman is coming off a season in 2012 where he recording 15 sacks and 23 tackles for loss. The WSU coaches are recruiting him as a defensive end and also an outside linebacker. He added that he's planning on attending camps at WSU, UCLA and Arizona State this summer. Bowman also said that of all his current offers, Nevada sticks out for him the most right now.

AS FOR Griffin, the 6-3, 290-pounder showcased on Sunday why Washington State fans should be excited about what he'll bring to the Cougar program in 2014.

The senior-to-be clocked a 4.92 in the 40-yard dash and a 4.7 in the shuttle run. Griffin said his all-time best mark in the 40-yard dash was 4.90.

The future Coug took a break from the gridiron action for this video interview with CF.C:

ALSO ON HAND -- two class of 2015 prospects who performed well on Sunday and who are on the Cougar radar.

Wenatchee's Trey Adams checked in at 6-7, 270-pounds and has the prototypical body to play tackle at the collegiate level. Adams ran a 5.28 in the 40-yard dash and a 4.69 in the shuttle run.

The junior-to-be is teammates with future Coug OL Cody O' Connell and said that he's been in contact with WSU o-line coach Clay McGuire.

Adams, who is waiting on his first offer, said he's receiving interest from WSU, Oregon, Florida State, Washington, Idaho, Arizona State and Colorado State. He is planning on attending camps this summer at UW, Idaho, Oregon and added that he's hoping to make trips out to Washington State and Florida State.

Calvin Throckmorton is another name Wazzu fans will want to look out for down the road. The Newport offensive lineman also had a solid day on Sunday, showing some excellent footwork during one-on-one drills. He recorded a 5.2 in the 40-yard dash.

Throckmorton is hearing from WSU, Boise State, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Arizona State and several other schools. He's been in contact with Russell, who invited him out to Pullman in mid-June for one of the WSU camps.

Throckmorton said he's planning on attending that WSU camp, along with camps at Boise State and Washington.

Franklin Pierce's Brett Carter was also on hand at Interlake, but his times weren't available at press time. The 6-3, 208-pounder told CF.C that he remains in close contact with WSU inside linebackers coach Ken Wilson and that he's headed to the Palouse in June for one of WSU's camps.

CF.C also spoke with Marcus Griffin's father, Chris, on Sunday.

"There were several things we were looking for in a school and Wazzu matched all of them," the elder Griffin said on his son committing to Washington State. "We were looking for a coach that had some winning experience, a smaller town, a top-notch education, a smaller town with great facilities, the possibility of early playing time -- and we wanted a place where they treated the walk-ons just like they would the scholarship players. WSU offered all of that and it's just a great fit for my son.

"WSU is the gold standard for a university. We've had guys calling from Notre Dame and Michigan and there's even talks that USC is interested, but my son does better in a small town. He doesn't like big cities at all. The Coug Nation pride is also unmatched in my eyes. I didn't know much about them until we moved here (from California), but Cougar fans have been there through the good years and the lean years and that's something that always struck me."

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