Harrell helps close Book on WSU QB recruiting

WHEN MIKE LEACH hired Graham Harrell to become his new outside wide receivers coach, many figured he’d make an instant splash with recruits being a former NFL signal caller. And in the case of Ian Book, who committed to WSU last night, he tells CF.C Harrell played a major role in his decision to pull the trigger and verbal to the Cougs.

Harrell may be the new outside receivers head man at Washington State, but he’s certainly a quarterback at heart. He played for the Green Bay Packers and was a record-setting QB under Leach at Texas Tech.

Now, he’s become one heck of a college football recruiter. WSU landed its first verbal commit for the 2016 class, with Ian Book, a three-star QB, committing on Saturday evening. A major assist belongs to Harrell, Book said.

“Coach (Clay) McGuire used to be my area recruiter, but then it became Coach Harrell,” Book said. “We have a great relationship and I spoke with him most throughout my recruitment for sure.

“I called him last night to commit and I could hear all of the coaches yelling in the background. He then gave the phone to Leach and I committed to him as well. It was an awesome feeling.”

WHILE OUT ON HIS unofficial visit to Pullman on Monday, Book (pictured above) spent a good amount of time with Harrell and the other coaches. That experience stuck out in his mind throughout the week, leading him to commit.

“I like Coach Harrell a lot and you have to love your position coach,” Book said. “Although he’s the outside receivers coach, he does a lot of the drills with the quarterbacks. I saw that while I was in Pullman.

“He’s played under Leach and he got along with him really well. Coach Harrell has nothing but good things to say about him. It was pretty big for me to talk to him (Harrell) about Leach and other things about the team on my visit.”

Book, who was originially hoping to make his decision by the end of May or early June, said he knew this weekend that he wanted to be a Coug.

“I just got that gut feeling,” Book said. “I took my last visit to UNLV on Friday and then I just realized I wanted to be a Coug. I took a day to think it over and then I decided to make my decision the next day.”

WITH NATIONAL SIGNING DAY still around 10 months away, there’s still a lot of time before Book puts the pen to paper. Do Coug fans have anything to worry about in regard to the status of his verbal?

“I’m 100 percent done with my recruiting,” Book said. “There is no other place I want to be. They told me I’m the only quarterback they're taking for the class and that I’m their guy. If they can give me their word, I can give them mine. I’m all Wazzu right now.”

Book added that he’s already hit the ground running in trying to find players to join him in the class.

“Since I’m the first one, I’m going to help the coaches out recruiting a lot,” Book said. “I know basically all the wide receivers they’ve offered. I’m going to tell them Wazzu is the place to be.

“I’ve already reached out to Upland wide receiver Grant Porter. We’ve been talking and I’ve been selling him on WSU. I’m friends with Chris Taylor-Yamanoha too. I know him from camps. I’ll be on him too.”

Speaking of Grant Porter, his father, George, informed CF.C a few days ago that the three-star receiver will be taking an unofficial visit to the Palouse later this spring. That trip, which hasn’t been finalized, will take place in the next 2-3 weeks, the elder Porter said.

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