Leach shuffles Cougar staff recruiting areas

WASHINGTON STATE HAS seven of nine assistants recruiting California in the 2016 recruiting class -- the same high percentage Mike Leach has employed since his arrival in Pullman. But with three new assistant coaches on board, some of the territories have shifted, WSU football chief of staff Dave Emerick tells Cougfan.com.

Eric Mele will take over the (Western) Washington and Oregon areas that Eric Russell formerly covered, Emerick said.

"Roy Manning will take over Dennis Simmons’ old area, inner-city L.A. And then we actually switched it around a little in that Clay McGuire will take over areas Paul Volero had outside L.A. such as Pasadena, Westlake Village and (Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, San Fernando Valley). And Graham Harrell will take over Clay’s area, which was Sacramento, (Stockton) and Fresno," Emerick said.

Dave Yost will now cover San Francisco as well as Eastern Washington, the state of Idaho and parts of the Rockies, while new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch will take San Diego and Orange County.

Emerick said the primary recruiting territories for Ken Wilson, Joe Salave'a and Jim Mastro will remain the same. Here’s how those break down:

Wilson: Inland Empire east of L.A., including Riverside and San Bernardino counties
Salave'a: Utah, American Samoa, Hawaii, Alaska
Mastro: Oakland and other Bay Area regions

As for the ancillary areas, the ones WSU looks to spot recruit, the point man will depend on the situation. A recruit in Texas, for example, could see McGuire, Grinch or Harrell running the point because all three have ties there.

And of course Mike Leach plays a key role across the board.

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