3-star prospects talk to CF.C pre-WSU trips

WASHINGTON STATE WILL be hosting some touted three-star prospects for unofficial visits over the next 48 hours, with quarterback Ian Book and wide receiver Chris Taylor-Yamanoha set to arrive today and tomorrow, respectively. Where does their recruitment stand? How long has WSU been in contact with them? We spoke with them about that and much more.

Washington State is among the schools showing Ian Book the most recruiting attention, he told CF.C on Sunday night. And on Monday morning, the 6-1, 190-pounder, who stars for Oak Ridge High in California, will arrive to Pullman for his visit.

“This is my first time out there and I’m very excited about it,” Book said. “We’re going to be there the whole day. Unfortunately they don’t have a practice, but I’m going to sit in on a team meeting and meet all of the coaches. I’m also looking forward to checking out the campus and the area around the school.”

Book said he’s been speaking with members of the WSU staff on a frequent basis. This includes outside receivers coach Graham Harrell, offensive line coach and area recruiter Clay McGuire and head man Mike Leach.

“We talk quite a bit,” Book said of his relationship with the WSU staff. “I actually spoke with Coach Yost today (Sunday) too. (I saw) a video of their practice and things are looking good over there.

“I’ve only spoken on the phone with Coach Leach 2-3 times, but I know he’s busy. We actually spoke about two weeks ago and he said he’s really excited to meet with me on this visit. I’m looking forward to it.”

ALTHOUGH THIS IS his first trip out to the Palouse, Book said the coaches have given him a good idea of what to expect. Another coach in his ear is former WSU quarterback Kevin Lopina, who is an assistant for Book’s team at Oak Ridge High.

“He (Lopina) went to De La Salle, but now he coaches here at Oak Ridge,” Book said. “I know him well and he told me he loves it over in Pullman. He had a great time there and he said I’ll love the college feel.

“I’ve heard great things about Pullman and I’m ready to see it all for my self. I know they have great facilities. I’m just ready to see it all.”

Book has taken visits to Nevada, Boise State and UCLA this spring. Following his WSU visit, he’ll trip to Idaho, Eastern Washington on Tuesday and then UNLV on April 10. Book is hoping to make his decision by late May or early June.

ANOTHER PROSPECT WHO will be out on the Palouse this week is Chris Taylor-Yamanoha. The 6-2, 180-pounder, who holds offers from Arizona, Boise State, Cal, Louisville, Oregon State, Nevada and others, will be in Pullman on Tuesday with his father.

“They’ve been recruiting me for about five months now,” Yamanoha said. “I got the offer from them right at the end of the football season. The coaches message me daily and I actually spoke with them on the phone a few days ago. They passed the phone around and I got to speak with everyone. It was awesome.”

During that phone call, Yamanoha, ranked the No. 67 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, had the opportunity to speak with Leach.

“He told me he’s looking forward to meeting with my dad and I,” Yamahona said. “We’re ready to get out there and check everything out.”

Cougar assistant Jim Mastro is running the recruiting point.

So which schools are recruiting him the hardest?

“I’d say definitely WSU,” Yamahona said. “Also Cal, Arizona and Boise State. Those are the schools after me right now.

“I don’t have any favorites, but those schools (listed above) are probably near the top of my list. I’m hoping to make my decision by the end of the summer, but I’m not 100 percent sure yet. Still trying to figure everything out.”

This WSU visit is one he’s been looking forward to, he added.

“I’ve heard great things about the campus,” Yamahona said. “I’m ready to see it for myself. I’m excited to meet all of the coaches out there. We’ve been messaging for so long, so it’ll be nice to finally meet them.”

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