WSU Recruiting: 2016 WA/CA class overview

WASHINGTON STATE will always focus their recruiting efforts on the states of Washington and California, Mike Leach has long said since arriving in Pullman. But the Cougs didn't sign an in-stater this past class. So how does the 2016 crop size up in the Evergreen State? What about the '16 California class? We asked experts Brandon Huffman and Greg Biggins to weigh in.

Biggins and Huffman are both national recruiting analysts but they've long focused in on the West. They both say it’s clear that one position in particular looks pretty darned stacked coming out of California. And that’s the wide receivers.

For the 2015 class, WSU signed Kyle Sweet and C.J. Dimry, both out of California. And it looks like a great time to return moving forward as well.

“Right now with California, it’s a great year for wide receivers,” Biggins said. “Best in the last decade. I believe we have 10 WRs in our West Top 30 overall prospects.”

“The strength in California, and the West, is receiver,” Huffman added. “Hands down. One of the best classes ever at the position.”

Thus far, the WSU coaches have known offers out to California receivers Theo Howard, Tyler Vaughns, Darian Owens, Jack Jones, Damian Alloway and a handful of others.

IN ADDITION TO the wide receivers, other well-stocked positions in California are linebackers and offensive lineman, Biggins said.

“With the offensive lineman, I like the blend of tackles and guards,” Biggins said. “There’s some talent in Hawaii that helps out the region as well.”

Among the offers WSU has out to hosses: Jonah Williams, Frank Martin, Nathan Smith, Jacob Capra and Jake Curhan. For linebackers, WSU has offered Krys Barnes out of California and in Washington, they have an offer out to four-star LB Joel Dublanko (pcitured above). He picked up his tender from WSU when he was a sophomore at Aberdeen.

Dublanko is certainly a prospect to eye moving forward. At a Barton Football showcase this past summer in Bellevue, the 6-3, 225-pounder said he had a good relationship going with WSU linebackers coach Ken Wilson. Dublanko is no stranger to Pullman, having visited the campus several times in the last two years.

SPEAKING OF WASHINGTON, Huffman said there’s some good quarterbacks in the state, but the offensive line class will definitely be down in 2016.

For signal callers, three players Huffman highlighted were Jacob Eason (Georgia verbal commit), Eastside Catholic’s Harley Kirsch and Lincoln's Jordan Kitna, son of former Seattle Seahawk QB Jon Kitna.

Other than that, though, both Washington and California don’t have much depth at the position.

“After a strong year at QB last year, the position looks very average this year,” Biggins said. “Jacob Eason and K.J. Costello are the two elite kids but there's a huge drop after that and very little depth. TE looks down as well and RB also doesn't show a ton of depth either.”

Other than Eason, none of the quarterbacks mentioned above currently hold known WSU offers.

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