WSU Recruiting Notebook

THE NUMBER OF prospects tweeting out new offers from Washington State slowed this past week, a sure-fire sign the Cougar coaches have worked their way through a mountain of film as the start of spring ball approaches. Among the recruiting items making news this week, an in-state safety prospect who wants Washington State to come by in May to see him throw the football.

Many think the best position at the next level for Bellevue's Justus Rogers (6-2, 215) is safety, or possibly linebacker. But Rogers wants to play quarterback. He said this week that WSU and others will be coming by this spring to see him throw (ostensibly during the six-week period from April 15 - May 31 where schools visit high schools and observe workouts). The Cougs have offered him as an ATH and remain his lone Pac-12 offer.

Wideout DeVaughn Cooper (Harbor City, Calif.) and running back C.J. Freeman out of North Carolina are the two newest offerees to tweet about their WSU rides. Cooper also has an offer from Arizona while Freeman is considered one of the best backs in N.C.

”The offer means a lot, knowing that a school on the West Coast is interested in me,” Freeman told on Tuesday. “I’ve actually known (outside linebackers) coach (Roy) Manning for a while because he recruited me when he was at Michigan. I called him a few weeks ago and we talked for a while and then he offered me. He told me that I’m a prospect they really want.

”I like him a lot and he’s very down to earth. He’s always honest with me and he told me how I’d fit in their offense. He’s also from New Jersey area and I’m originally from there, so we have that in common. I’m definitely going to visit to see what they’re all about. I’ll probably go out there this summer."

In Hawaii, the Cougars have offered OG Sean Auwae and RB Vavae Malepeai, with five known offers out to Hawaii prospects.

Here's how the known Cougar offers break down by state:

California: 51
Washington: 4
Utah: 5
Hawaii: 5
Arizona: 1
Alabama: 1
Maryland: 1
Missouri: 1
New Jersey: 1
North Carolina: 1
Oregon: 2
South Dakota: 1

Positionally, for the first time this recruiting cycle, offensive linemen have taken over the top spot from wide receivers on the WSU offers list to uncommitted prospects:

Offensive linemen: 14 (10 classified as OT by
Wide receivers: 13
Defensive Linemen: 11 (10 DE, 1 DT)
Linebackers: 8 (7 OLB, 1 MLB)
Running Back: 8
Safety: 9
Cornerback: 7
Quarterback: 3
Tight End: 1

All told, WSU has 74 known offers out to uncommitted prospects offers per to the database.

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