Leach casting WSU recruiting net far and wide

WHEN IT COMES to casting the net far and wide on the recruiting trail, Mike Leach and Washington State have few peers in the Pac-12.

WSU football chief of staff Dave Emerick told Cougfan.com back in February the Cougs were “a little behind” on making offers to the 2016 crop because of the staff changes, with new assistants Alex Grinch, Roy Manning and Graham Harrell all coming on board.

The Cougs have made up the time.

Mike Leach has the second-most known offers out to uncommitted 2016 prospects in the Pac-12, with 111. Todd Graham and ASU have put the most scholies on the table in the conference, with 122.

The state of California, to no surprise, is where Washington State and virtually all of the Pac-12 have extended most of their offers. The Cougs have nearly half of their offers out to Golden State prospects. (Stanford is the only Pac-12 school with California prospects No. 2 on their list , they have eight offers out to CA prospects with nine to prospects in Texas).

Washington State has 10 offers out to state of Washington prospects, the most in the Pac-12.

WSU also has the most known Pac-12 offers out to state of Hawaii prospects, with eight.

Here’s the list of Pac-12 schools with the most offers out, with the number to California prospects in parentheses.

ASU – 122 (29)
Washington State – 111 (54)
Cal – 110 (36)
Utah – 104 (61)
Oregon State – 96 (31)
UCLA – 92 (33)
Colorado – 77 (24)
Arizona – 68 (26)
UW – 64 (28)
Oregon – 60 (19)
USC – 59 (19)
Stanford – 45 (8 in Cal, 9 in Texas)

Emerick told CF.C in February the process for a recruiting class begins with every junior in WSU’s geographic footprint. “And you whittle it down from there -- I’m not sure of an exact (starting number) but it’s in that vicinity of 1,000,” said Emerick. “When you get to spring ball you probably get closer to around 300. And then when you get to the season it’s probably closer to 100 kids you’re actively recruiting.”

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