New Orleans DT George Lea primed for WSU trip

IT’S NOT TOO OFTEN Washington State coaches look to Louisiana in the recruiting process. However, this weekend, New Orleans defensive tackle George Lea will hop on a plane and watch the Cougars take on No. 15 Arizona as part of his weekend official visit. He tells CF.C the trip to the Palouse has been circled on his calendar for a while.

This is an official visit Lea (pictured above) has been thinking about for quite some time, he told Cougfan.com.

“I set this visit up about two months ago,” Lea said. “I’m looking forward to this. I can’t want to see the location, the weather and the football program. I’m excited to see the campus too and see what everything is like.”

Lea, who picked up his offer from the Cougs back in the spring, also holds scholarships from Kansas State, Southern Miss, Utah, Arizona State and others. He said he doesn’t know too much about the WSU program, but he’s ready to learn all he needs to this weekend.

SO HOW DOES a New Orleans prospect earn a Wazzu offer and get invited on an official visit? Mike Leach has often said if there's a mutual interest between WSU and a prospect outside the usual geographic footprint, the Cougs will spot recruit in those cases. In terms of getting on the WSU radar in the first place, that's often because Washington State director of player relations Jarrail Jackson, a former Oklahoma wide receiver, has extensive recruiting ties in the South.

The 6-4, 273-pound Lea says he has kept in close contact with the WSU coaches over the last few weeks, including defensive line coach Joe Salave’a.

“I spoke with Coach Joe recently actually and he just told me that he’s happy I’m taking a visit up there,” Lea said. “He said they can use me in their program and that he likes the way that I play.

“I have a good relationship with Coach Joe and the other coaches. They’re showing me a lot of attention and a lot of love.”

Lea added that he prides himself on being dedicated both on an off the field.

“I try to make it anywhere,” he said. “I don’t want to be a nobody when I’m older. With WSU, they like that I’m a good pass rusher. They just like the way that I play basically.”

FOLLOWING HIS VISIT to WSU, Lea will trip to Kansas State next weekend and then head to Arizona State the weekend after that. Those are the only three official visits he has scheduled at this time.

As for his timeline to make a decision, Lea doesn’t plan on waiting too long after his visits. There’s reason for that.

“I’m actually planning on graduating from high school in December and will go to my college in January,” he said. “I’m hoping to make my decision by late November or early December the latest. I’m going to enroll early, so I want to know where I’m going by then.”



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