Where does WSU look now in QB search?

WITH SPOKANE's Brett Rypien headed to Boise State and Jake Browning pledged to Washington, where do the Cougs turn for their 2015 quarterback? For clues, we turn to what Mike Leach looks for in a QB. But first, it's also important to remember it's the first week of April. Leach didn't get his 2013 QB, Tyler Bruggman, until June.

If the Cougs don't have their QB by July 1, then CougFans would have legitimate cause for concern. Also playing into the angst over the past day or so is that Rypien is from Spokane. If he were the exact same player but at a high school in California, his decision to go to Boise would have barely caused a ripple among the Cougar Faithful.

Local recruiting is important, but it's far more important to get a quarterback that fits. Rypien would have been a fit, but there are also lots of uncommitted QBs out there who fit what Leach wants in his quarterback.

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 of priorities, too. With that in mind, here's a look at some of the QBs that the Cougs might have on their radar.

Brady White, pictured, (6-2, 180)
Out of Hart High in Newhall, Calif., he has more mobility than he's given credit for but where he impresses most is via his timing with his receivers, poise in the pocket, ability to read a defense, make smart decisions and his throwing accuracy. As a junior, he threw for 4,535 yards, (333 of 524; 64 percent) and tossed 41 touchdowns against 18 interceptions. He was quoted last month in saying a Kentucky coach told him he'd be a terrific fit in their Air Raid offense.

Nate Ketteringham, 6-4, 190
Out of San Diego's West View High, he told CF.C a few months back he was hearing some from WSU and wanted to take an unofficial to Pullman sometime this offseason. He can run when needed, but he much prefers to spread the ball around to his receivers. He's been a little under the radar as compared to some of his peers and has yet to land an offer, but he's rated three stars and is starting to get noticed.

Chason Virgil, 6-0, 170
Out of West Mesquite High in Texas, he's also a pocket passer who can run. He has a quick release and he's a very cerebral QB. He's not flashy and doesn't have a big arm, but that's not what Leach looks for in a quarterback either. He instead manages the game, makes accurate reads and makes smart decisions. And those are things Leach looks for in a quarterback.

Kody Wilstead, 6-5, 192
An intriguing prospect from St. George, Utah. He threw for 4,395 hashes, second most ever by a prep Utah quarterback. He was asked back in January who he'd like to get an offer from, and he named Washington State. "(Leach) is a coach I would love to play for. They throw the ball a ton. It would be a lot of fun," he said.

Cameron Burston, 6-3, 185
A San Jose State verbal commit, he sounds adamant about staying in-state and close to home. He's got a huge arm, is uber-athletic and he can run. So on the surface it doesn't sound like the perfect fit for an out-of-state school running the Air Raid. But he's also shown good touch and accuracy on the short- and mid-range passes and the things he says he wants to most improve upon, such as decision making and footwork, are right in Leach's wheelhouse.

Lamar Jackson, 6-3, 180
Out of Boynton Beach in Florida, he has double-digit offers but you could almost call him a sleeper because he missed his sophomore season while concentrating on his grades. He loves playing in a spread offense.

Christian Alexander, 6-3, 200
Out of Lakeland Christian in Florida, he does play at a lower level of competition but his film shows a QB who can make all the throws needed and most importantly, he's very accurate.

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