WSU RECRUITING NOTEBOOK

WASHINGTON STATE HAS recently extended multiple new offers and they're also scheduling more official visits -- a pair of SoCal defensemen have set their sights on a to trip to Pullman for Sept. 14. We have that, plus an update on an intriguing linebacker prospect who despite never playing a down of high school football, holds a few offers and feels WSU could be close to extending a scholie.

When the Cougs take on Southern Utah on Sept. 14, Dominguez High teammates Anthony Sims and Uriah Leiataua will be on hand. CF.C confirmed with Sims on Wednesday evening that he and Leiataua will travel together to the Palouse for an official visit.

Sims, who checks in at 6-1, 170-pounds, has yet to be offered by the WSU coaches, but said the Cougar staff has been showing him plenty of interest this recruiting cycle. Sims, who doesn't hold any other offers, is also hearing from Utah, UCLA, San Diego State and UTEP.

As for Leiataua, he is rated three-stars and ranked the 65th best defensive end in the nation by Scout.com. The 6-4, 265-pounder holds offers from Washington State, Utah, Wisconsin, Colorado and Colorado State. It looks like the Cougs have a little catching up to do, though, as Leiataua recently told the Wisconsin scout site that the Badgers and Utah are his two favorites.

Elsewhere on the crimson recruiting front, it's been an exciting few months for Antioch, Calif. athlete Malik Hutchings. A basketball and baseball standout, Hutchings hit the weight room in March to began his usual routine. Coaches from UTEP were there on campus during the May Evaluation to check out some of his teammates.

Members of their coaching staffs were enamored at Hutchings' 6-3, 240-pound frame and couldn't believe their ears when he said he didn't play football, according to Hutchings.

He said he threw up 225 pounds on the bench press 10 times like it was nothing. He added that he has never been under a strict weight training regiment.

About a week later, a football scholarship from the Miners was put on the table. Since then, Hawaii and UC Davis have offered the Deer Valley High product.

He said he believes the Cougars could be one of the next teams to follow suit.

"They've told me they see a lot of talent in me and that the potential is definitely there," Hutchings said. "I've been speaking with their linebackers coach, Ken Wilson, and he's a great guy. We talk a few times a week and he keeps me posted on what's going on up there.

"I'm very interested in the Cougs right now. My best friend Kevin Griffin (cornerback) just committed there a few weeks ago and that made a big impact on me."

In addition to his offers, Hutchings is also receiving interest from UW, Colorado, Wyoming, San Jose State and a few other schools. However two programs stick out.

"Hawaii and Washington State are my favorite right now," Hutchings said. "I'm a big fan of both programs and I'm hoping that Washington State comes in and offers me this fall. Like some of the other programs, the coaches are telling me they want to see some of my non-league games during my senior season before they offer."

The season will serve as the only tape available on Hutchings.

"I've never played high school football before, so I think the different schools that are recruiting me just want to make sure I can play the game. I know I'll be able to prove that to them, though," he said.

Hutchings and his prep teammates recently participated in a full contact camp at Sacramento State and Hutchings said he did very well. He said he lined up at linebacker, defensive end and tight end and made plenty of plays on both sides of the ball.

"It felt good to get out there for the first time and go after some people," Hutchings said. "I had some great hits, fumble recoveries and a few interceptions too. It was my first high school football experience and it was great. I played in junior high, but nothing like this."

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • The WSU staff extended an offer earlier this week to SDSU commit Cameron Griffin. The 6-3, 210-pound linebacker verbally pledged to the Aztecs back in mid-May and has previously said he is solid in his commitment. In addition to WSU and San Diego State, Griffin also holds offers from San Jose State and Fresno State. He is rated three-stars and the 45th best MLB in the nation by Scout.com

  • The Cougs also offered class of 2015 linebacker Ricky DeBerry. The offer from WSU was the 42nd one for the sought 6-3, 235-pounder. The Richmond, Va. standout is coming off a sophomore season where he recorded 55 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one interception. He holds offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Cincinnati, Clemson, Duke, Kansas State, Kentucky, Miami, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Penn State, UW, West Virginia, Wisconsin and dozens more.

  • Mark it down on your calendars: Another CF.C recruiting chat is scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. next week with Braulio Perez.

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