Recruiting: WSU back on WR Alec Dana

WHEN HE WAS a senior in 2013 at St. Paul High in Southern California, Alec Dana received a late offer from Washington State and was ready to head to Pullman. However, he was deemed ineligible by the NCAA and went the junior college route. Now, at Chaffey College, Dana is starting to pick up serious interest from college programs and one of the schools standing out is WSU, he told

Dana had plenty of success at Chaffey in 2014. The 6-3, 190-pounder hauled in 39 catches for 543 yards and three touchdowns.

His season was highlighted by a 12-reception, 247-yard performance in the second game of the year, breaking the school record for both receptions and yards.

The Cougs took notice of his productivity and re-offered him a scholarship in late March.

“Washington State recruited me right before I had to go the junior college route,” Dana said. “I signed with them and I was all ready to go to Pullman, but then the NCAA let me know I was a non-qualifier. It was disappointing, but I’m getting another shot now.”

IN RECENT MONTHS, Dana has received scholarship offers from Washington State, Utah and Texas State. In addition, Oregon, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Boise State, San Diego State and Oklahoma are showing increased interest.

Dana didn’t hesitate in saying that WSU is one of the schools standing out to him most right now.

“I talk with them a lot,” Dana said. “We’ve actually been talking on the phone quite a bit. I speak with Coach Ken Wilson, Coach Graham Harrell and also sometimes with Coach David Yost.

“They’ve all been telling me how they’ve seen my film and everything and how they think I can fit into the system. They’ve also told me that they want to get to know me a little bit more as a person. It’s not all about football with those coaches.”

Dana added that he’s hoping to take a visit to the Palouse before the fall term. If not, then during the season sometime.

“I’m planning on taking an official visit there,” Dana said. “I’m not sure when exactly, but if I can’t make it out soon, I’m hoping to get out there sometime during the season to check everything out. They’re standing out to me right now because of the offense they run.”

Dana, who is on pace to graduate in December, added that he has no time frame for when he’ll be making his decision.

“I don’t want to rush things,” he said. “I want to see all the offers that come in and figure out what fits me best. It’ll be best to take my time and research everything.”

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