Cali safety with Coug offer has a leader

WASHINGTON STATE via area recruiter Jim Mastro extended an offer to a 6-0, 180-pound safety out of Northern California recently -- and in talking with him it's clear he's just as high on WSU as they are on him. He'll be in Pullman this month for an unofficial visit, and he tells CF.C there's one school that is "definitely" the No. 1 team on his leaderboard.

Drew Celis (6-0, 185, 4.63) out of Kentfield, Calif., about 20 miles outside of Berkeley, certainly likes the nearby Pac-12 school, Cal. But it is Washington State, he says, who sits at the top of his list.

"WSU is definitely my favorite right now," Celis said. "I want to compete with the best and the fact that they offered me first and want to give me that opportunity is huge. I'm also very interested in them right now."

Celis, out of Marin Catholic High, made waves on offense this past season, hauling in 72 receptions for 1,255 yards and 10 touchdowns. But he also shined on defense, where he showed advanced read and react skills and also dealt out a number of big hits.

ALTHOUGH CELIS HAS offers from Boise State, Nevada, Idaho and Eastern Washington as a wideout, the Cougs put an offer on the table last Friday to play defense at Washington State.

"I can't tell you how excited I was to get that offer from Washington State," Celis said. "The fact that it was my first Pac-12 offer was a great feeling. When Coach Mastro let me know that they wanted me to come up there to play for them, I was speechless.

"I'm getting looked at by a bunch of schools as a receiver, but they want me as a safety. I really don't care where I line up at the next level. I'll play wherever as long as it helps out the team."

Celis' defensive stats weren't available at press time, but the Kentfield, Calif. product said his quick burst to the ball is what Mastro told him and the rest of the Washington State staff liked most.

"It's just the way I play," Celis said. "I have a lot of physician and mental toughness and I think the coaches got a feel for that. I do have a goal of getting bigger though. Entering my senior season, I want to add some size and really get my body ready for the next level."

IN ADDITION TO his five offers, Celis, who camped at WSU last year, is also hearing from Cal, UCLA, USC and South Florida.

Cal looks to be one of WSU's biggest competitors with Celis. He will camp in Berkeley this weekend, saying his interest level in the Golden Bears is very high right now and he's hoping to pick up an offer.

"It's a great school and it's really close to home," Celis said. "I love the campus a lot too. I have a tremendous amount of interest in them right now."

Celis also earlier told the Cal site on that if the Bears were to offer this weekend, it would "be so hard to turn a Cal offer down."

CELIS SAID he has about a 10-day break of football in mid-June and he's going to use that time to take some unofficial visits. This includes Washington State, San Jose State and Nevada.

"I was hoping to make a decision by the end of June, but I think I'm going to talk to my coach and get a feel if more offers are going to come in from other schools," Celis said.

Drew Celis profile

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  • Celis and Marin Catholic lost to Madison 38-35 in the Division III state championship game this past season. Celis was Marin Catholic's leading receiver in that game, with six receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown.

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