Bellingham WR has WSU offer, high on Cougs

WASHINGTON STATE's in-state offers continue to climb the spring evaluation period. Mike Leach has extended a scholie to a Bellingham wide receiver prospect, one who has the ability to both go deep and make yards in space after the catch. CF.C talks with Josiah Westbrook (6-2, 177) out of Squalicum High.

Josiah Westbrook holds offers from Washington State and Hawaii. The Cougs have made a strong early impression.

"I like the school. I like the campus there at Wazzu. Everything is good about Wazzu," said Westbrook.

Westbrook unofficially visited Washington State earlier this year. He said he's forged a bond with WSU outside receivers coach Graham Harrell and area recruiter Eric Mele.

"Coach Harrell, he's the one who probably stands out the most among (the different coaches) recruiting me. He lets his players be themselves but he always also holds them to a standard -- you know when it's time to work hard and when it's okay to joke around. His coaching style, I like it ... I like Coach Mele a lot, he's great to talk to," said Westbrook.

The WSU facilities were a head turner as well, said Westbrook.

"They haven't gone into detail but I'm thinking they're targeting me for outside receiver, I play the X in high school ... They said they like after I catch the ball I can get extra yards and that I can also go on deep patterns. They like that I'm a bigger bodied receiver," said Westbrook.

In addition to WSU and Hawaii, Westbrook said the two other schools he's hearing most from are Boise State and Eastern Washington.

Westbrook said he had no firm timetable for making his decision.

Westbrook was credited with 29 catches for 554 yards and 11 TDs in his junior season by He helped lead Class 2A Squalicum to its first ever state tournament berth this past season.

  • Westbrook averaged 16.9 ppg this past season for Squalicum's basketball team, earning second-team All-Northwest Conference honors.

  • Ken Wilson and Roy Manning out on the road recruiting (in California’s Inland Empire and Los Angeles this past week, respectively) are emphasizing WSU’s recruiting focus during the May Evaluation period: speed. #HuntingSpeed and #SpeedKills have been among the hashtags on their tweets.

  • Another WSU coach twitter, Joe Salave'a, was on the road with Wilson recently: Teaming up w/ one of the best in the country @CoachKWils in the I.E. loaded w/ future Cougs., Salave'a posted.

  • “He’s a great coach, he just wants the best out of his players. He treats it like a business. You win your job every week” – Browns 4th-Round Pick Vince Mayle on playing for WSU's Mike Leach, as featured on

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