A rare Leach JUCO offer has wideout thrilled

THE LAST TIME MIKE LEACH pulled a JUCO receiver from California, things turned out quite nicely. Vince Mayle has thrived at Wazzu. Leach doesn't recruit JUCO players at the same level some other Pac-12 schools do. But he's back in the Golden State with an offer out to Riverside City College WR Isaac Whitney. It was the first offer for the JC standout, one he tells CF.C he’s quite excited about.

The Washington Staff has been seriously recruiting Isaac Whitney for about three weeks, he told me. On Monday night, the wideout had a big conversation with outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons.

“He basically just told me that he liked my style of play and they had an offer for me,” Whitney said. “They need outside receivers and I was really excited when I got it. I was kind of surprised, but I knew he was interested, so I wasn’t too surprised.”

The Cougs were the first school to throw an offer his way. Whitney added that he’s receiving plenty of interest from USC, UCLA, Cal, LSU and Fresno State. He said he thinks Cal could be close to offering. *Update: Just a few hours ago and after we spoke to Whitney, Texas Tech and Cal both followed the Cougs' lead and offered him.

AS FOR HIS crimson offer, the fact that Simmons and WSU were the first program to offer was a big deal, Whitney said.

“That tells me that they’re really interested,” he said. “I know that they’re after me. Because of that, I’m going to keep them on the top of my list.

“When I spoke with Coach Simmons, he talked to me about their offense. I’m interested in them because they throw the ball a lot. That’d be a good look for me.”

THE 6-4, 200-POUNDER had three catches for 60 yards in Riverside’s 37-34 overtime win vs. Saddleback on Saturday. In week one, Whitney hauled in three catches for 89 yards and a touchdown.

He will graduate from Riverside in December and enroll in his college of choice in January. As for a visit to the Palouse?

“I have to talk to the coaches, but I’m planning on taking a visit to Washington State,” he said. “I haven’t talked to them yet, but that’s something we’ll try and set up.”

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