2015 WR lands Coug offer, has elite speed

SIGNING DAY for the 2014 class is still 13 days away but Washington State is already well into their recruiting efforts on the 2015 crop. One who has landed an early offer from the Cougs has something they haven't figured out how to coach yet – elite speed.

Lavan Alston (6-0, 175) out of Ventura, Calif. is among the nation's best in 100- and 200-meters. He's clocked personal bests of 10.77 and 21.74 in the 100 and 200, respectively.

He already holds three Pac-12 offers, including one from the Cougs.

"I have offers from Washington State, Cal, Vanderbilt and Oregon State," said Alston, who is ranked the No. 39 WR prospect nationally by scout.com.

During the regular season, he logged 35 receptions for 693 yards and seven touchdowns. Alston also returned 13 kickoffs for 511 yards and three touchdowns as well as 12 punts for 188 yards and a TD.

Early playing time, education and fit to a school are what's most important, he said.

"I'm looking to make an impact in college as soon as possible," said Alston. "I'm actually from Florida and my dad's in the military so distance has never been something I couldn't get used to."

ALSTON SAID HE called both Washington State and Cal this week and had good conversations with both. Area recruiter Paul Volero is running the point for WSU.

"It's hard to pick (leaders) because I feel like I'm blessed to have any offers. I feel like my recruiting process is really open and I'm just enjoying the moment right now," said Alston, who offered up some thoughts on the Pac-12 schools:

Washington State: "They throw the ball, they air it our almost 90 percent of the time it seems. I like how they give all their receivers a chance, I think (one of) their leading receivers was a freshman who came out of my area in Santa Margarita (River Cracraft). I like how they run their offense."

Oregon State: "I like the way they get the ball to their receivers and what kind of impact Brandin Cooks made, just how fast he is how small he is and how much they got the ball to him. I really enjoyed that."

Cal: "It's close so that's always good. I like a lot of things about the school, the degree… They have a lot of recruits from my area committed to that school as well as a lot of impact players so I can see them making an impact in the league in about a year or two. Seniority isn't as much of a factor, if you're good enough you're going to play on that team so that's important."

ALSTON SAID a receiver he feels he's similar to out on the field is DeSean Jackson.

"I would rate my receiver skills, for high school, as elite but I'm a student of the game so I have a lot to learn as well," said Alston. "And I think I'll get there in time…I'm going to continue to get better.

"Definitely (the offering schools like) my GPA (3.4), my athleticism and then of course my speed."

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