WSU passes eye test for three-star QB Book

THREE-STAR quarterback prospect Ian Book was on the Palouse earlier this week for an unofficial visit. The California product tells how the trip went, what stuck him most about the visit, what he and head man Mike Leach discussed in their one-on-one conversation and more.

Book was in Pullman on Monday.

“It was really nice,” he told CF.C. “They have brand-new facilities and it was great to meet all of the coaches. I went to a quarterback meeting with Coach Leach and spent a lot of time with Coach Harrell. They didn’t have a practice that day, but I got to watch some film.”

Following the QB meeting, Book talked one-on-one with Leach.

“He’s a funny guy,” Book said. “We were watching film and he was pointing out some things about the offense. We took a look at Saturday’s practice and they were doing a lot of verticals.

“Coach Leach said that he watched my film as well and that he really wants me to come up there and be a Coug.”

In addition to WSU, Book holds offers from Boise State, UNLV, Idaho and others. He has also visited BSU, as well as Nevada and UCLA.

BOOK ALSO SPENT time on Monday with new outside wide receivers coach Harrell. The first-year Cougar assistant made quite the impact on the Oak Ridge High signal caller.

“Meeting with Coach Harrell was really good,” Book said. “He was a quarterback too and he speaks very highly of Coach Leach. It was good to get his view point on some different things.

"He (Harrell) said he loved playing for Leach. They had a really good relationship at Texas Tech, which is part of the reason he’s back coaching for him here at WSU.”

The 6-1, 190-pounder received a campus tour and did some traveling around Pullman. The eye test was passed, Book said.

“When driving there, you really think it’s in the middle of nowhere, but once you get there, it’s a ... college town,” Book said. “I really liked it. The college feel was definitely there. It’s all about Washington State in Pullman.”

FOLLOWING HIS WSU visit, Book tripped to Idaho and Eastern Washington. He’ll head to UNLV this weekend to complete his spring break tour.

“I’m still hoping to make my decision after spring football,” Book said. “Maybe sometime in May, but I’m not sure yet. It could come sooner. Taking all of these trips is giving me an idea of what I’m looking for.

“Every visit that I’ve taken, it’s raised my interest in the school. Every college is a lot nicer and a lot bigger than I pictured them to be. I really like them all.”

A quarterback who won't be suiting up for Washington State next season is four-star signal caller Devon Modster. According to, Modster has narrowed his list down to Boise State, Arizona and UCLA. Modster visited Washington State on April 3.

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