Observations from the WSU recruiting trail

TWITTER AND RECRUITING go together like peanut butter and jelly. Or, depending on your viewpoint, like sugar and cement. As it gets closer to Signing Day, the tweets promise only to become more compelling. Take this trio of recent postings. Meanwhile, analyzing the battles won by Washington State out on the recruiting trail is a revealing exercise indeed.

We've come across some entertaining recruiting tweets of late but these might be hard to beat. They're from Miguel Machado, who has been reported as wavering between Washington State and Michigan State.

So it only makes sense here for the discussion to turn to Miami.

Wait. What?


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If that one to Miami head man Al Golden didn't do the trick, there were a couple more tweets to Miami's o-line coach and offensive coordinator here and here, respectively.

Machado hasn't returned recent calls or texts but we'll keep trying him. Just as soon as we check Nick Saban's Twitter account.

MEANWHILE, A LOOK AT THE OFFER sheets, official visit lists and stated preferences of Washington State's 2014 class of football recruits -- as it currently stands with a week to go before LOIs are signed -- shows that the Cougars edged a wide range of schools in putting the class together.

From Michigan State, Penn State and Pac-12 schools on one end, to the Big Sky Conference at the other, it ran the gamut.

Arizona State topped the list of down-to-end competitors, as four members of the class WSU is expected to unveil next week are believed to have had the Devils in the runner-up position. Oregon State, with three, was next, followed by Arizona (two) and San Diego State (two).

The rest of the runner-ups range far and wide:

Utah, Michigan State, Penn State, North Carolina State, Nebraska, Fresno State, Hawaii, Montana and Eastern Washington.

WSU athletic director Bill Moos' comment on his radio show earlier this week that each member of the Cougars' recruiting class had between six and 15 offers from BCS schools appears, from analyzing the Scout.com database, to be significantly off base. In fact, a loose accounting of reported scholarship offers suggests that Mountain West Conference schools dominated the lists. Of course, the Scout database is not a complete representation. Moreover, Moos has access to information from his coaches that isn't available to the general public.

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