WSU Recruiting Roundup

A STOUT 5-9, 204-POUND running back was in Pullman on Saturday for Washington State's second mini-camp of the summer and had glowing things to say about his visit. How did he perform? Did he pick up a Cougar offer? We have all that plus plenty more Washington State recruiting notes to get you updated on.

Running back Jarek Black out of Shallowater, Texas did quite a bit of traveling over the weekend. After participating in Air Force's camp in Colorado Springs on Friday, the speedy 'back drove straight to Pullman, arriving the next day at around 5:00 a.m.

It didn't stop him from making some plays and impressing members of the WSU staff.

"The whole experience was great," Black said. "I got to meet every coach and see what the program is all about. Things are changing up at Washington State and you can tell everyone is excited about the program."

ONE WSU ASSISTANT in particular that Black spoke highly of was running backs coach Jim Mastro.

"Coach Mastro is a really nice guy and he told me he was very impressed with what I did at camp," Black said. "He said I was running good routes during 1-on-1 drills and that I had good speed.

"I didn't get an offer over the weekend, but I think the staff was happy with how I performed. Coach Mastro said he was going to keep in close contact with me and I'm hoping they offer soon. I really like Washington State and Pullman. It's a small town, but it reminded me some of the place that are close to where I live."

Black, who as a junior rushed for a head-turning 2,326 yards and 29 touchdowns and was named first team all-state 3A class last season, holds offers from UTEP and Air Force and is receiving interest from Texas Tech, Houston, Utah, San Diego State, Arkansas, New Mexico and a few others.

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ANOTHER PROSPECT WHO had a solid outing in Pullman was linebacker Sam Bodine out of Canby, Ore. The 6-2, 216-pounder, who is still waiting on his first offer, told CF.C via text message that he felt he had a solid performance and was also impressed with the WSU coaches and campus.

Bodine, who will be at the Portland State camp today, was unavailable for a full interview, but once we touch base with him we'll post an update in the Luxury Suites.

CF.C also has a call in for three-star linebacker John Porchivina, who was at camp. Once we connect with the Petaluma, Calif. product, we'll also post an update for you over on the 'Suites.

AS FOR THE class of 2015, an offensive lineman earned himself a crimson offer with his performance over the weekend. Wenatchee's Trey Adams announced on twitter Saturday night that he received his first offer from WSU.

Adams, who attends the same high school as WSU Class of 2013 OL Cody O'Connell, checks in at 6-6, 275-pounds and is being recruited by WSU as an offensive tackle.

I saw Adams participate in a football camp last month and he is a very physical player. He has very good feet for his size and also has great hands. Adams told me at that time that he was receiving interest from WSU, Oregon, Florida State, Washington, Idaho, Arizona State and Colorado State.

ELSEWHERE ON THE recruiting trail, there were a trio of WSU targets who decided to end their recruitment over the weekend and gave pledges to other schools.

• Wide receiver/safety prospect Drew Celis out of Kenfield, Calif. told CF.C a few weeks ago that WSU was at the top of his list, but the two-way athlete committed to Nevada on Sunday. Celis had been planning on taking an unofficial visit to Pullman later this month, but said that trip has been cancelled and he's a solid commit to the Wolfpack.

• Defensive lineman Sione Takitaki from Menifee, Calif. also recently told CF.C that WSU and Wisconsin were sticking out to him as early favorites, but the 6-3, 240-pounder pulled the trigger by committing to BYU on Saturday. Takitaki, who is Mormon, was teammates last season at Heritage High Schools with class of 2013 RB Jamal Morrow.

• CB Alijah Holder, who was offered by WSU in mid-April, committed to Stanford on Saturday. The 6-2, 175-pounder spoke very highly of the WSU coaches, but said Stanford was his dream school.

NOTABLE NOTE:
Black's rushing tally as a junior placed in the top 300 (268) single season all-time for most rushing yards by a prep running back in Texas football history.

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