WSU recruiting in Oklahoma offers intrigue

MIKE LEACH DIDN'T spend much of his coaching career in Oklahoma, he was the Sooner offensive coordinator for only one season and that was more than a decade ago. But that lone season has since translated into strong Oklahoma recruiting ties for the head man of the Cougs, and it's showing up in Wazzu recruiting.

The Cougs have offers out to four Oklahoman prep prospects who have yet to commit:

RB Michael Farmer out of Edmond's North High DE/LB Tramal Ivy from Muskogee (Muskogee High) DB/WR Alfonzo McMillian out of Oklahoma City's Millwood High S Steven Parker out of Jenks (Jenks High)

They have extended this recruiting cycle 11 known offers out all told out to Oklahoma prospects.

Last year, Washington State signed center Carlos Freeman out of Midwest City, just outside of Oklahoma City.

O-line coach Clay McGuire ran the point on Freeman. But Mike Leach also has another tool in his recruiting arsenal. He can't recruit in the same way McGuire does, but he has his finger directly on the pulse of the Sooner State for the Cougs.

Washington State director of player relations Jarrail Jackson, a former OU wide receiver, played a key role in the recruitment of Freeman, having recruited him for the previous two seasons while at Dartmouth. Jackson has a vast network in Oklahoma.

After graduating from OU in 2000, Jackson began his coaching career in 2004, mentoring the wide receivers at Chickasha High. In 2005, he was an assistant at the University of Central Oklahoma.

From 2006 until 2012, he coached receivers at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. His recruiting territories, not surprisingly, included Oklahoma. And it was a rich territory for Dartmouth with Jackson recruiting the state.

A quick check of the Dartmouth 2013 roster lists nine players from the Sooner State.

If you go back to the year before Jackson joined Dartmouth and count up the players from Oklahoma on the 2005-06 roster, it won't take long. There was only one.

How many more Oklahomans might people the WSU roster a few years from now? It's something worth watching...

Jackson was also instrumental in the Cougs' recruitment of Gerald Sterling (Georgia) for the 2013 class.

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