Will this be the Cougs' Class of 2016 QB?

A QUARTERBACK PROSPECT with a Washington State offer will take a trip out to the Palouse in less than a month's time. Indeed, three-star quarterback Ian Book tells CF.C that after he received the offer from Mike Leach on Friday, he wasted no time in setting up an unofficial visit out to Washington State. Could a crimson verbal commitment follow soon after?

On Monday, April 6, Ian Book (pictured above) out of El Dorado Hills, Calif., will be in Pullman to check out the Washington State campus and meet with the Cougar staff.

WSU extended the 6-1, 195-pounder an offer on Friday night, joining Boise State, UNLV, San Diego and Idaho in extending a scholarship. The crimson offer was a big one, Book told CF.C.

“This is my first Pac-12 offer,” he said. “I’ve been talking to them a lot. On Friday, I was getting ready to go to a lacrosse game when Coach (Graham) Harrell sent me a messge on Twitter telling me to call him. I spoke with him and then Coach Leach, who said he wanted to offer me.

“I was really happy and very excited. The coaches told me they like to throw the ball a lot and that I could fit well into the offense. I’m looking forward to getting up there on April 6 to check everything out.”

Two other California quarterbacks, Matt Fink (6-3, 185) and Devon Modster (6-2, 215) also hold offers from Washington State. (Two other QB's whom WSU has offered, Malik Henry (6-2, 175) out of Bradenton, Fla. and Jacob Eason (6-5, 205) out of Lake Stevens, have verbally committed to FSU and Georgia respectively.)

AS A JUNIOR in 2014, Book threw for 2,025 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In the last two seasons, he has 4,583 yards, 48 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

“With my style of play, I think what people notice about me most is that I’m able to keep the play alive when things break down,” Book said. “I think I’m good at staying composed in stressful situations.”

In addition to WSU, Book also plans on taking unofficial visits to Cal, UCLA, Notre Dame, Nevada and San Diego State. A decision will be coming later this spring, he added.

“I’ve always been planning to make my decision by the end of May or early June,” Book said. “I want to wait until spring ball ends and see if anything else comes up. I want to make my decision before my senior year and not have to worry about it during my season.”



HERE ARE SOME more recruiting nuggets for you:

• WSU recently extended a scholarship offer to New Jersey WR Donald Stewart. The 6-4, 185-pounder is an athletic outside receiver that can really soar. He has crazy hops, no doubt.

• WSU has also offered Greensboro, N.C., running back C.J. Freeman. The 5-11, 195-pounder also has offers from South Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia Tech.

• Remember the name A.J. Hotchkins? He was recruited by the WSU staff a few years back, but ended up at Riverside City College. The Cougs offered him last week, being the first Pac-12 program to do so. As most of you know, there’s quite the Riverside-to-Wazzu pipeline going on right now.

• According to Scout.com’s Doug Kimmel, WSU offered outside linebacker Pookie Maka. The 6-4, 200-pounder also holds offers from BYU, Nevada, Oregon State, Washington, Utah and others. D-line coach Joe Salave’a extended Washington State's offer, Kimmel said.


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