Casting early eye on WSU 2015 QB recruiting

IN PERUSING THE pair of 2015 quarterbacks with known offers from Washington State, as well as other signal callers on the prospect list in the database, one thing in particular jumps off the page.

But before getting to that, given the number of scholarship QBs who would appear to be heading into the Cougs' fall camp (3), could Mike Leach take two quarterbacks this class?

There's precedent. Leach took two QBs in 2004 (Graham Harrell, Robert Johnson.)

But the guess here is no. First, in looking over the Tech rosters, Leach carried three scholarship QBs more than once. Second, Johnson, mentioned above, was rated the No. 1 JUCO quarterback prospect in the nation by several sites. Leach promptly redshirted him and made him an inside receiver.

FOR THE COUGS this coming season, the spacing in scholie QBs certainly isn't textbook -- a fifth-year senior followed by a second-year freshman and a true freshman arriving in July.

And in 2015, everything being equal, fans would see a third-year sophomore, a second-year freshman and a true freshman.

But bringing in two QBs this class doesn't solve the spacing problem, unless you go the JUCO route. With that in mind, let's assume WSU take one QB this class…

LOOKING OVER THE 2015 crop in the database with offers or showing interest in WSU, one thing stands out most.


Both of the known offerees check in at 6-foot-2. And all but two of the 10 on the early prospect list for the Cougs are listed at 6-2 or shorter.

As has been oft-mentioned on since his arrival, Leach doesn't care nearly as much about size as he does other attributes, such as accuracy and decision-making skills. (Arm strength and mobility are well down on Leach's list, too.)

Jake Browning (6-2, 202) Folsom, Calif. and Brett Rypien (6-2, 185) out of Spokane's Shadle Park High hold the two known 2015 QB offers from the Cougs.

BROWNING TOSSED FOR a Golden State single-season record 75 TDs, with 5,737 passing yards. Rypien is of course the nephew of CouGreat and Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien. He threw for 4,086 yards and 57 touchdowns this past season. The early buzz out of Spokane is he's likely to decide between Washington State and Washington unless Stanford offers. Mississippi State is a darkhorse candidate.

Others who could be in the mix include Cade Smith (6-1.5, 195) out of Salem, Ore., and Kody Wilstead (6-5, 192) from St. George, Utah.

Smith fits that accuracy mold Leach likes - he was 140 for 219 passing (64 percent) for 1,958 yards with 26 TDs against five interceptions as a junior.

Meanwhile, Wilstead as a junior passed for 4,395 hashes, second most ever by a prep QB in Utah. He was recently asked who he'd like to get an offer from. He answered in part: "Also Washington State. (Mike Leach) is a coach I would love to play for. They throw the ball a ton. It would be a lot of fun."

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