A closer look at WSU recruiting in Oregon

SEATTLE – Close followers of Washington State recruiting know all about the in-state prospects for the 2014 class – but what about the state of Oregon? The Cougs are in contact with several prospects from the Beaver State -- including some players from an elite 7-on-7 team who have Wazzu camp plans next month.

CF.C recently published for our subscribers this look at Jesuit High tight end Henry Mondeaux but he wasn't the only state of Oregon prospect who put on a show at the recent Battle of Seattle. Wide receiver Jordan Morgan, out of Southridge High in Beaverton, displayed some very nice footwork and route running throughout the tournament.

Indeed, Morgan played extremely well during a game against the NW Alumni team on Sunday, which featured players such as Myles Jack (UCLA), Tere Calloway (Nevada), Ryan Turman (WSU) and several other local area talents headed to play D-I ball.

The 6-2, 196-pound WR doesn't have an offer from the Cougs yet but he does have an offer from Arizona, as well as rides from UNLV, San Jose State, Montana and others. That could change next month after he attends one of WSU's summer youth camps. The Cougs are giving him a look as an outside receiver.

"I've been talking with Coach Ken Wilson and he's been telling me that the Cougs are very interested in me right now," Morgan said. "I'll be heading out there on for their big camp on June 22 and I'm really excited to get up there and meet the coaches and check out the school.

"They throw the ball so much up there…and after watching my film, he thinks I might be able to help out with that. It's a great school at a turning point right now."

Morgan added that of the schools that have offered, Arizona and San Jose State are sticking out early and that he is also very interested in Cal (yet to offer).

Morgan's junior highlights: CLICK HERE

OVER ON THE defensive side, linebackers Sam Bodine and A.J. Hotchkins both played well and are under-the-radar prospects who could see their recruitment pick up soon.

Cougar fans will want to keep their eye on Bodine. The fact that he currently doesn't hold any offers with the May Evaluation period coming to an end is very surprising to me. Granted, the town of Canby (about 45 minutes south of Portland) isn't exactly a recruiting hot spot but the senior-to-be out of Canby High was among the top defenders to showcase his skills at Foster High on Sunday, showing great range.

Bodine is very quick to the ball and at 6-2, he has a quick burst. And perhaps what's most impressive about Bodine was his ability to quickly transform his body. At the end of the 2012 football season, Bodine said he checked in at 197 pounds. Fast forward to present time and he now weighs 216 pounds. It's pure muscle, too, from what I saw.

Bodine will also be in Pullman on June 22 for the WSU camp.

"Coach Wilson said he's really looking forward to having me come out there," Bodine said. "We really just started talking about a week and a half ago, but they seem very interested in me. He told me he liked my film and we didn't really talk about where I'd line up, but I imagine they'd want me as an outside linebacker."

Bodine said in addition to WSU, he's receiving interest from Washington, Cal, Stanford, Utah State, Colorado, Arizona State, Harvard and a few other schools. He had 69 tackles, two interceptions, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as a junior this past season.

Bodine junior highlights: CLICK HERE

HOTCHKINS IS ANOTHER recruit CF.C readers will want to keep in mind. The 6-0, 230-pounder, who will join Morgan and Bodine to camp on the Palouse next month, was another top performer Sunday.

Hotchkins played well on both offense and defense, catching the ball out of the backfield and bursting upfield and also making plays while dropping back into coverage as well. He's also a physical specimen -- the Tigard High product is yoked.

He's been in contact recently with WSU special teams coach Eric Russell and he said he's intrigued with what the Cougar assistant has had to say about the team.

"Coach Russell came through my school about two weeks ago and he invited me to their big came this summer (June 22)," Hotchkins said. "They seem interested in me as an inside linebacker and they like how I'm able to move. I've been talking with them for about a month now and I had a good talk with Coach Russell about the direction the program is headed."

Hotchkins currently holds offers from Montana, Idaho and Portland State and is also consistently hearing from WSU, Oregon State, Washington, Cal, USC and Colorado. He will be in Boulder this weekend for a Colorado camp.

"I'm liking Colorado and Washington State right now," Hotchkins said when asked who sticks out to him. "I'm hoping those two schools offer and I'm also really liking Idaho as well."

As a junior this season, Hotchkins lined up at defensive end for Tigard, but is expected to play linebacker in 2013. He was also a standout fullback, earning first-team all-league honors for his work there.

Hotchkins' junior highlights: CLICK HERE

The state of Oregon 2014 class doesn't look to have the top flight talent of the previous year's haul -- but it does look to be a deeper class. In other words, there are a greater number of D-I quality recruits from the state than there were last year likely to gain offers when it's all said and done.

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