WSU offer huge for 6-5, 285-pound Cali OT

EVER SINCE HIS sophomore season, offensive tackle Austin Maihen had been in touch from WSU and offensive line coach Clay McGuire. The two had built a strong relationship, he tells And on Saturday evening, the Santa Margarita, Calif., hoss heard the news he was hoping for, with his first Pac-12 offer being put on the table.

Checking in at 6-5, 285-pounds, Maihen has been seeing his recruitment pick up lately. He holds offers from Kansas State, BYU, San Diego State, San Diego and a few others, but on Saturday night, WSU added its name to his list.

“I spoke with Coach Clay McGuire ... and he offered me,” Maihen said. “We’ve been talking for a long time actually. He first started recruiting me when I was a sophomore. When I called him (Saturday) night, he said he liked my film a lot and wanted to offer.

“I was really happy when he told me that. It’s my first Pac-12 offer, so I’m pumped about that. I have offers from BYU, Kansas State, San Diego State and a couple others, but Pac-12 has always been my goal. I still want to look at those other schools, but Pac-12 is huge for me.”

MAIHEN SAID THAT he’s in the process of scheduling his official visit to the Palouse. Although a date hasn’t been set yet, he said he’s already looking forward to touring the campus and seeing some familiar faces from Santa Margarita High.

“I have some old teammates who are up there now and really like it,” Maihen said. “River Cracraft, Riley Sorenson, Skylar Cracraft and Nick Begg are all there. I’ve been talking with those guys about when a good time to visit would be. I’m excited for them to show me around.”

The offensive tackle prospect added that having old friends up in Pullman definitely adds to his intrigue in the Cougs.

“Oh, that’s huge,” Maihen said. “If I went there, it would be good to know that I could go to them with any questions I might have about the school and they could help me get adjusted to everything.”

HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH McGuire is another reason why he’s excited to head up to Pullman for a visit.

“Coach McGuire has been honest with me throughout the entire process and I’ve been honest with him,” Maihen said. “That’s big for me. I know if I go there, I can trust Coach McGuire and all the other coaches on the staff.

“Everything seems great at Washington State right now, so I want to go up there and check out the campus and see how I like everything.”

Maihen added that he’s in no rush to make his college decision and is in the process of scheduling other official visits with his parents.

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