BREAKING: Leach lands modern-day OT throwback

IN A WAY, Phoenix offensive lineman Davis Perrott, who tells CF.C he verballed to Washington State Thursday night over 11 other offers, calls to mind the recruiting classes of 15 and more years ago -- back when the high school senior season defined the scholie list. But Perrott is also a textbook modern-day example of the kind of o-lineman Mike Leach (and others) target today …

That’s because Davis Perrott out of Mountain Point High is a 6-foot-5 three-star prospect with loads of athleticism, a long wing span and has great feet and balance – plus loads of room to pack the college bulk onto his frame. In other words, he’s the kind of offensive lineman Mike Leach and Cougar OL coach Clay McGuire seek out for Leach’s wide-split, Air Raid offense.

“In taking my visits, I just felt the most comfortable at Washington State,” said Perrott. “It’s a program on the rise and something I want to be part of – the offense they run is extremely unique. I was really impressed with the facilities and they… had the best coaches overall.”

PERROTT OFFICIALLY visited Washington State over Apple Cup weekend.

“The game I went to they had some struggles but overall this season I think they showed some improvement and they can do big things next year. I think they’re close to turning the corner,” said Perrott.

Perrott was a backup defensive end as a junior before moving to right tackle for his senior season. And if you’re a pretty good one, they will find you -- even when you’re off the college recruiting radar until your senior season and with no junior season tape to show off.

San Diego State offered Perrott in mid-September, kicking off what would become an avalanche of senior-season FBS rides: Washington State, Cal, Boise State, Purdue, Indiana and Colorado State among them.

PERROTT CHECKS IN at 270-pounds now but could easily be at or near 300 after a year spent in the weight room and at the training table at Washington State. Perrott said he and McGuire have had long conversations about the o-lineman’s role in the WSU offense.

“He seems like a really smart guy and a guy I can see myself playing for,” said Perrott. “He’s knows a lot about the techniques - he’s very familiar with the Air Raid system they run…I’m definitely really excited about playing football there.”

The feeling is no doubt mutual but it sounds like Perrott’s pledge didn’t come as a surprise to Leach and McGuire, the latter of whom had an in-home with Perrott on Sunday.

“I was actually planning on committing a week ago… they were very happy and I think they were expecting it. I had been telling them for a couple days I was going to call them,” said Perrott, who officially visited WSU, Cal, Indiana and Boise State.

He’s still learning the game and the position, Scout.com analyst Jason Jewell says, but he also has that one thing coveted in o-linemen since football was first played – a nasty streak.

Perrott, says Jewel, “became one of the most coveted offensive tackle prospects on the West Coast,” this season. “(He) has all of the tools to be a big time offensive tackle, is just raw right now.”

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