What does Card offer mean for WSU verbal?

IT WAS LAST WEDNESDAY that Washington State offensive line commit Austin Maihen picked up an offer from the Stanford Cardinal. The Santa Margarita, Calif., product, who verballed to the Cougs last month, told CF.C and other media outlets he still remains a solid commit to WSU, but also that this new offer has certainly given him and his family something to think about.

Stanford has been a school Maihen has been following for quite some time. And when they extended him an offer, it was definitely an eye-opener, he said.

“I grabbed my offer from Stanford last Wednesday,” Maihen said. “I was excited with it, but I know the offer isn’t really final until I go through the admissions process. I have to be accepted into the school before anything else happens. I have to wait and see, but right now I’m still solid to Washington State.”

Maihen said that if he ends up getting accepted into Stanford, he’s going to have to sit down with his family and figure out what’s best for his future. The 6-5, 285-pounder committed to the Cougs on Oct. 6, at the time choosing to go crimson over offers from BYU, Kansas State, San Diego State and a few others.

SINCE PICKING UP his offer from Stanford, Maihen said he’s kept in close contact with members of the WSU staff. Both offensive line coach Clay McGuire and receivers coach David Yost were down at Santa Margarita on Monday to check out practice with WSU on a bye this week.

“I called them last week and I spoke with Coach McGuire and Coach Yost,” Maihen said. “I let them know about the offer and that I was planning on submitting my application to the school.

“I spoke with them again recently and we talked about the big win they just had against Oregon State. They’re excited to have me come up for my official visit.”

That official visit will take place on Nov. 28, the weekend the Cougs host Washington in the 2014 Apple Cup. That visit, however, could end up being rescheduled. Maihen and his Santa Margarita Eagles are poised to make a deep run in the playoffs, meaning he could end up playing in a game the weekend of the Apple Cup. If that’s the case, he’ll reschedule his visit for sometime after the season.

“It’s one of those things where I’m excited to go up there for my visit and check everything out, but at the same time I definitely want my team to make it far in the playoffs,” Maihen said. “We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

IN ADDITION TO the Cougar coaches, Maihen said he continues to reach out on a consistent basis to former Santa Margarita players Nick Begg and Riley Sorenson. Wide receiver River Cracraft is also a Santa Margarita alum.

“I text Nick Begg and Riley (Sorenson) pretty much every week,” Maihen said. “They heard about the Stanford offer and they told me they would support me in whatever I decide, but they really want me up there with them at Wazzu.

“They’ve always made me feel good about WSU. It’s just good to know that I would have them up there with me if I end up at Washington State and as of right now, I’m still planning on going up there.”

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