BREAKING: Austin Maihen primes WSU pipeline

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN AUSTIN MAIHEN was not among the WSU official visitors this past weekend. But his verbal commitment to Wazzu has been a long time coming. WSU has traveled to Santa Margarita High often for the past recruiting classes with River Cracraft, Riley Sorenson and Nick Begg on the WSU roster. Maihen just primed the WSU-Santa Margarita pipeline with his verbal pledge on Monday morning.

“I made my decision, I just talked to Coach Clay McGuire, and told him I wanted to verbally commit to Washington State,” Maihen told “I wasn’t able to talk to Coach Leach because he was in a meeting.. so I’ll be calling Coach Leach tonight and officially telling him this evening (on a) call with Coach McGuire.”

Maihen chose WSU over offers from Kansas State, BYU and others.

MAIHEN HAS BEEN FIRMLY on the Cougar radar for some time.

“They saw me practice as a sophomore when they came down to recruit River Cracraft and Riley Sorenson,” said Maihen. “They said they first liked my work ethic, Coach McGuire said they were really impressed with that. And they liked my improvement from my sophomore to my junior year in my footwork and speed.

“I went from 260 pounds as a sophomore to 280 pounds as a junior and Coach McGuire said they liked that I put on good weight. He likes my frame, and then of course my nastiness that he’s seen in practice.”

Sorenson, Cracraft and Begg being at Washington State also played a key role in his decision, said Maihen.

“Riley, Nick and River, I’ve talked to them a lot and they’re really a team up there, they’re really a unit and a family. That’s what I was looking for because I have the same thing here (at Santa Margarita). Knowing I’m going to have the same chance as my former teammates and with them up there already, it just made it an easy decision,” said Maihen.

As did his conversations with McGuire.

“I’ve been talking to Coach McGuire for a long time and out of all the coaches recruiting me, he’s the one who has been in contact with me the most, the coach staying most consistently in touch,” said Maihen. “He and Washington State have been honest with me and Coach McGuire has told me so much about the offense, about how close the offensive line is and I’ve heard the same from Riley.”

"Maihen is another in a long line of college level lineman from Santa Margarita," National Analyst Brandon Huffman says. "He’s a tackle by trade, long and lean, but still with the frame to add more weight. He needs to work on playing lower, at times playing too high. He’s got good footwork and just needs to continue to improve his strength.

MAIHEN APPEARS TICKETED for offensive tackle at Washington State but wherever he’s plugged is fine with him.

“Wherever I get the more playing time, and Riley came in as an offensive tackle but now he’s starting at center and doing great,” said Maihen. “And I was just wanting to commit before I get into my league games so I can focus on my team and my senior season.”

He’s also been focusing in on the Cougars on Saturdays this season.

“It’s a very explosive offense that is very fun to watch,” said Maihen. "And River, it’s awesome to see him do so well and especially these last few weeks -- I think he had THREE touchdowns this last game!”

Maihen said the hope is that he’ll be able to take his official visit to Washington State for the Apple Cup, prep schedule allowing. In the meantime …

“I’m just excited to talk to coach Leach tonight to tell him I officially want to become a Coug,” he said.


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