WSU Recruiting: Cougs go back to Upland High

UPLAND HIGH SCHOOL proved to be a popular campus for the Washington State coaches to recruit for the 2015 class -- both QB Tyler Hilinski and S Kameron Powell signed with WSU earlier this month. With the focus having shifted to the 2016 class, there's a new Upland target. Receiver Grant Porter received an offer from the Cougars this week. He told CF.C he’s a big fan of the Air Raid offense.

Back to Upland, Calif., the Cougar coaches go.

On Tuesday night, three-star WR Grant Porter (6-2, 180) picked up his latest offer from the Cougars and it was a big one, he told CF.C.

“I spoke with Coach Ken Wilson on Twitter and he told me to give him a call,” Porter said. “He told me they wanted to offer me a scholarship and that Tyler Hilinski wanted a receiver for the next class to throw to.

“It was great because I knew that this offer would come sooner or later. I was on Tyler’s highlight film, so I knew they’d see me. I was blessed to hear from them.”

ALTHOUGH HILINSKI AND PORTER haven’t spoken yet since he was offered by the Cougs (Hilinski enrolled early at WSU in January) four-star safety Kameron Powell, who also signed with WSU three weeks ago, wasted no time in talking with the junior receiver.

“Kameron actually came up and spoke with me (Wednesday) in class,” Porter said. “He told me that Washington State has a very nice campus and environment. He committed there because he’s going to be able to focus on football and school and not be distracted. He also likes the program and all the coaches up there.”

Porter (pictured above), who also holds offers from Utah, Kansas and Colorado State, added that he’s a big fan of the Air Raid offense run by head man Mike Leach.

“It definitely makes me interested in that program,” he said. “Coach Wilson told me they’ve thrown the ball 90 times in a game before. I like getting the ball and showing what I can do. They’re recruiting me as an outside wide receiver. I could do well in that offense.”

Porter added that he’s in no rush whatsoever to make a college decision and hopes to take some visits to college campuses this spring and summer. WSU is on his list.

“I’m open to all of the coaches recruiting me right now,” he said. “From the West Coast to the East Coast, it doesn’t matter where the school is. I’m open to anyone right now. I’m going through the process right now and hope to see some schools.

“I’m going to talk with my family and make sure we find what the best fit is. There’s no need to rush. I’m focused on finishing up my high school career and doing great things with Upland.”



PORTER ISN’T THE ONLY prospect the Cougar coaches have been in contact with in recent days. Here’s some more recruiting nuggets for you:

• In case you missed it this morning, Leach and WSU extended a scholarship offer to four-star quarterback Matt Fink. The Glendora, Calif., product also holds offers from Washington, Oregon State, Boise State and others.

• On Wednesday evening, Washington State extended a scholarship offer to San Diego WR Dezmon Patmon. The Cougs were the first program to throw an offer his way.

• The Cougs also sent out an offer to San Marcos, Calif., defensive back Troy Warner on Wednesday. The 6-2, 195-pounder holds offers from Notre Dame, Boston College, TCU and Utah.

• Another prospect to pick up an offer from WSU on Wednesday was three-star linebacker Davir Hamilton. The Los Angeles, Calif., prospect also holds offers from Oregon State, Utah and San Diego State.

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