WSU Recruiting Notebook

WHILE ONE MORE signee is expected in Washington State's 2015 class, the recruiting focus has quickly shifted to 2016. The Cougars have wasted no time sending out offers, including a recent scholie to a 6-7, 300-pound offensive tackle who tells CF.C he was shocked to get the news. He’s also planning on tripping to Pullman next month to take in a spring practice.

Washington State was the first offer for junior tackle Jake Curhan from Larkspur, just outside San Francisco. He picked up the offer last week.

“They offered right after school,” Curhan said. “It was a quick talk, but I spoke with the offensive line coach Clay McGuire. The first few minutes of the call he was just trying to get to know me, but then shortly after he told me I had an offer on the table.

“Coach McGuire said that he had been watching my film throughout the day and that he thinks I could do great in the offense. It was real exciting for me to get a scholarship from them.”

IT WAS ALSO a big relief, the Redwood High standout added.

“I was very happy, but I was also kind of surprised,” Curhan said. “I had been talking with a lot of coaches in recent months, but nothing was really happening. I’ve been told that the first offer is always the hardest one to get. I was happy Washington State saw something in me.”

WSU being the first to offer is something he’ll keep in mind as his recruitment picks up, he added.

“This means a ton to me,” Curhan said. “First of all, I didn’t expect my first offer to be from a Pac-12 school. WSU is on the rise and they put up a ton of yards in their offense. This is a big-time offer.”

In addition to his WSU offer, Curhan said he’s also receiving increasing interest from Cal, Arizona State, Duke and Boise State among others. He’s hoping to take some unofficial visits later this spring and that includes a trip to the Palouse in late March.

“I was talking with my family, and it’s very likely that I’ll be going to Washington State sometime next month,” Curhan said. “The plan is to go up there and check out a couple of different schools. I’d like to go to Washington State and check out a spring practice. That would be great to see.”

HERE ARE SOME more recruiting nuggets:

• Another lineman to pick up an offer from Washington State is four-star offensive tackle Nathan Smith. The 6-7, 280-pounder announced on his Twitter account that the Cougs sent an offer his way on Tuesday night. In addition to WSU, the Murrieta, Calif., product also holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Oregon State, UCLA and others.

• WSU has added another punter/kicker walk on. On Tuesday night, Boise product Zach Charme announced on Twitter he had accepted a preferred walk-on invitation from the Cougar coaches. The 6-2 prospect averaged nearly 42 yards per punt as a senior in 2014.

• The first day of spring ball is scheduled for March 26. The spring game, which is usually the penultimate spring session, is scheduled for April 25 in Spokane (2 pm kickoff). The Cougars would then hold their 15th and final session of the spring back in Pullman two days later. Mike Leach favors the scheduling in order to work on observations made during the spring game.

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