Cougs not done for '14? WR offered by Leach

RECRUITING HAS A funny way of working out. This is exactly what Santa Fe Springs, Calif., WR Alec Dana has learned over the last two years. Originally a class of 2013 prospect, Dana took a year off from football to get his academics in order and didn't know what the future had in store for him. However, on Tuesday night his first D-1 offer came in. And the school to offer was Washington State.

It could all mean WSU isn't done adding to their 2014 class, most of whom are expected to arrive later this month for summer school ahead of fall camp. Jabari Ali, Dana's mentor, informed CF.C earlier this morning the 6-3, 190-pounder picked up an offer from the Cougs. It was something, Ali said, Dana and his family won't be soon forgetting.

"It was an emotional experience for all of us," Ali, formerly of B2G Sports, said. "His mom, dad, my wife, myself and his whole family were crying. He's excited about this one. He's thankful the coaches gave him this offer. After you've been through everything he's been through, to see his hard work pay off is special.

"This kid is a play-on-Sunday kind of kid in my opinion. His workout regiment is unreal. He had a setback, but he's put in the work and time to get himself to where he is today. We're all extremely proud of him and thankful Washington State saw his potential."

DANA'S SETBACK CAME early on during his senior season. The St. Paul High wideout took a fly sweet and dove for the end zone, but landed awkwardly and suffered a broken collar bone. In addition, he couldn't achieve a qualifying SAT score.

After graduating last spring, Dana had a decision. Go the JUCO route, or take a year off from football and try and get himself academically cleared. He chose to take courses part time at College of the Desert and study for his SAT. He recently landed a 940 (two-part) on his SATs and is now academically eligible to play D-1 ball.

Since he was never a full-time student, Dana's 5-year clock hasn't started yet. When he arrives to his college of choice this summer, he'll have five years to play four just like any other true freshman.

"He trained and studied his butt off to get that score," Ali said. "A lot of schools kind of slow-played him. They kept telling him they'd offer, but never put anything on the table. With Washington State, they've been straight with us and them being the first school to offer is big for his recruitment."

"It was a great relief for me," Dana added. "I have a lot to prove to people and to myself. It was humbling for me to pick up that offer. I'm very excited right now and extremely blessed."

NOW THAT HE'S got his offer locked in, Ali and Dana said the next step is for the '14 prospect to take a trip out to WSU to see the campus and meet some of the players. A date for that official visit has not been set yet, but Ali said it would come at some point later this summer.

Dana Dana said he's enjoyed speaking with head man Mike Leach and others.

"The coaches were telling me how they like my size and how things are coming up at Washington State," Dana said. "I've been in contact with Coach Dennis Simmons and Coach Ken Wilson and they're great guys.

"It's easy to talk with both of them. They're straight up with you and I'm never nervous whenever we talk. They're serious when it comes to football, but you can speak with them about anything."

IN ADDITION TO WSU, Dana is also receiving interest from USC, UCLA, Fresno State, Utah and a handful of others. The Cougars being the first school to offer will stick out in his recruitment process, Dana said.

"With WSU, it's exciting because how much they throw the ball in their offense," Dana said. "You have the chance to go out and showcase your talent every game. You can really go out there and show everyone what you can do.

"I have friends Gabe Marks and Daquawn Brown up there as well. I'm excited to go up and see them and check out the campus. I also had a friend, Armond Hawkins, who lives over there and plays for Idaho. It's only like 10 minutes away and he said he loves living in that area."

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