June was a busy camp month for WSU recruiting

WITH THE CALENDAR turning to July, it’s worth a look back on how important the month of June was, and will be, in terms of the Washington State recruiting classes of 2016 and beyond.

Being able to get out on the road to work satellite camps is an invaluable recruiting tool. There is no other way for a coaching staff to see prospects up close and in person, in a football setting off campus, at this time of the recruiting year.

Washington State worked five satellite camps in California this year: Walnut Creek, Sacramento, Redlands, Los Angeles and San Diego.

In addition to the NW Elite Camp and their own camp held on WSU’s campus, some Cougar coaches were also at the All-Poly camp held in Layton near Salt Lake City.

Some coaches also attended the eighth annual Tri-City Football Camp. According to the Tri-City Herald, 850 high school players from the following high schools were participating: Chiawana, Hanford, Hermiston, Kamiakin, Kennewick, Pasco, Connell, Irrigon, Lind-Ritzville, Stanfield, Tri-Cities Prep, Wahluke and Waitsburg.

Game film is great, but it isn’t a substitute for hands-on coaching down on the football field.

Being able to work the camps lets WSU find some guys they might not have known about previously.

There are also prospects who have made a leap since last season.

And perhaps biggest of all, there are those prospects on WSU’s board who may not have earned an offer, but do so shortly after the Washington State coaches had the opportunity to coach them in a camp.

The satellite camps of course also give coaches a look at players in future classes.

And Washington State already has an eye-opening 35 known offers out to 2017 prospects.

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