WSU Recruiting Notebook

IT’S ALWAYS GOING to be big news when Mike Leach offers a quarterback, as he did this past week with Cody Brewer, a 6-6 Texas disciple of the Air Raid offense. But among the other offers Washington State extended over this last week or so was another just as intriguing, to a cornerback.

Traveon Beck (pictured above) a three-star corner for St. John Bosco High in Bellflower, Calif., has looked for a while now to be a strong lean towards ASU. But maybe not. Washington State offered a few days ago and Beck immediately told Scout.com’s Greg Biggins he now plans to visit Washington State sometime later this month on an unofficial.

While former assistant Mike Breske much preferred offering the taller corners 6-feet or taller, the Cougs in the 2016 class aren’t limiting themselves in that regard. Of the eight uncommitted corners with a known crimson offer, five are either 5-10 or 5-11, while two check in at 6-0 and one is 6-1.

Other offers that went out this past week:

QB Cody Brewer (6-6, 215) out of Flour Bluff High in Corpus Christi, Texas has a big arm but Mike Leach prizes other attributes far more than arm strength. Undoubtedly far more appealing is the Brewer works a version of the Air Raid at Flour Bluff and has been personally tutored by Hal Mumme, and Mumme subsequently has sung his praises. WSU was the first to offer.

WSU was also the first to offer Victor Viramontes (6-2, 215) out of Norco, Calif. He’s the QB at Norco High and is listed as a QB by Scout.com but there’s some question that WSU might have offered him as a S/LB prospect. Inquiries to Viramontes and his prep coach have yet to yield a definitive answer but we’ll keep trying.

Washington State has five known junior college offers out, with the fifth coming this week to Pima CC safety Markell Simmons. Both Oregon State and Utah have also offered the 6-1, 200-pounder. He posted 71 tackles and 4 interceptions last season, returning two of the picks for TDs.

WSU is the first Pac-12 offer for Las Vegas DE Anthony Smith (6-3, 250). He racked up 16 sacks last year for Desert Pines High, and has 30 career total sacks.

Crenshaw DE Derek Moore (6-2, 215) tweeted out his first offer has come from Washington State.



Washington State also was the first to have offered four underclassmen this past week, including 2017 DL Kurtis Brown out of Bakersfield, Calif., Liberty High.

Meanwhile, the Cougs offered three Los Angeles products, all from Hawkins High: 2017 teammates Greg Johnson and Joseph Lewis plus 2018 prospect Jalen Hall.

Johnson is a four-star RB, Lewis is a five-star WR. Hall as a freshman hasn’t been assigned a rating and is listed as an ATH but Scout.com’s Brandon Huffman says he’s probably the No. 1 freshman in the West and a lock for an eventual five-star rating.

NOTABLE NOTE:
All told, WSU has 87 known offers out to uncommitted prospects offers per the Scout.com database (with Crenshaw’s Moore yet to be included).

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