WSU Recruiting Notebook: offers climb

WITH THE MAY EVALUATION period in full swing and Washington State's assistant coaches out on the recruiting trail visiting high schools and junior colleges, the number of offers extended by WSU has swelled over the last 10 days.

The Cougs now have more than 100 offers out to uncommitted prospects.

Geographically, California to no surprise leads the way with the Cougs extending 54 offers to uncommitted prospects from the Golden State.

The state of Washington has seen a bump since the May Evaluation period began. With seven known offers, the Evergreen State is now tied Hawaii and Utah as the states with the second-most WSU offers out. The newest known in-state offer was extended Friday to Kameron Smith, a 6-8, 300-pound offensive lineman from Tacoma's Lincoln High.

WSU special teams coach Eric Mele is the recruiting point man for Western Washington, while receivers coach Dave Yost is the area recruiter for Eastern Washington.

DEFENSIVE END IS THE POSITION where Cougar coaches have extended the largest number of offers, at 18. Wide receiver follows with 12 and cornerback has 11.

There are 10 offers out to uncommitted offensive tackles, with nine to outside linebackers. has again added the athlete designation -- ATH -- to its position designations, and the Cougs have eight offers out to prospects with multi-dimensional talent.

WSU also has eight offers out to safeties, seven to running backs, and four each to defensive tackles, inside linebackers and offensive guard. Three offers are out to players designates as tight ends.

The Cougars should be done with their quarterback recruiting, having landed Ian Book last month. WSU typically take only one per class.

Here's the full breakdown on the recruiting territories for each WSU coach:

Mele – Western Washington, Portland, Vancouver (Canada)

Ken Wilson – Inland Empire (east of L.A., includes the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino)

Clay McGuire – San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, Westlake Village

Jim Mastro – Bay Area

Graham Harrell – Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno

Roy Manning – Los Angeles

Joe Salave'a – Utah, American Samoa, Hawaii, Alaska

Dave Yost – San Francisco, Spokane, Tri Cities, Wenatchee, Idaho, Montana

Alex Grinch – Orange County and San Diego

  • The nine WSU assistants will spend the majority of their days on the road during the spring evaluation period in their designated area. But as football chief of staff Dave Emerick told CF.C earlier this spring, they'll also spend roughly four- to five days each looking at players at their particular position, regardless of territory.

  • In ancillary areas where WSU looks to spot recruit, the point man will depend on the situation. A recruit in Texas, for example, could see McGuire, Grinch or Harrell running the point because all three have ties there.

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