Recruiting Notebook: WSU still after 4-star?

IN-STATE RECRUITING will always be a priority for the Washington State coaches -- even if a prospect is no longer in Washington. This is exactly the case for four-star linebacker Joel Dublanko, who transferred from Aberdeen High to IMG Academy in Florida. So is Dublanko still interested in WSU? We answer that and more in this recruiting notebook.

Dublanko announced this past Thursday via Twitter that he will be playing his senior season this fall at IMG Academy, the No. 2-ranked high school team in the country in the new USA Today Top 25 poll.

The move was made to help him gain more exposure at the national level, his father Craig informed But one home-based school Dublanko is still in contact with is Washington State, and inside linebackers coach Ken Wilson.

“Yes, he still really likes WSU,” the elder Dublanko told CF.C via text message this week.

Besides WSU, Dublanko, ranked four stars by, holds scholarship offers from Mississippi State, Tennessee, Arizona State and Army. However, more offers could be on the way if he performs well on the national stage at IMG, his dad says.

“Joel measured in at 6-3, 235-pounds at IMG,” Craig Dublanko said. “He trimmed up a lot and has never looked better. He’s still big, but with a great physique and he’s much faster.”

It has yet to be determined where Dublanko will be taking his official visits, but Washington State could certainly be a team to watch this fall for the touted defenseman.

ELSEWHERE ON THE recruiting front, another linebacker Washington State coaches continue to pursue is Crenshaw, Calif., outside ‘backer Derek Moore.

The 6-2, 220-pounder holds offers Washington State, Utah, Nevada and UNLV. Ranked three stars by Scout, Moore runs a 4.7 40-yard dash. In a Twitter message to CF.C earlier this week, Moore said he is keeping in touch with the WSU coaches. He received his official scholarship letter from the WSU staff on Aug. 10.

• An intriguing o-line prospect to keep an eye on is Ventura College's Tyson Rising. The 6-5, 290-pounder holds an offer from the Cougs and is being recruited at offensive tackle. Per's Scott Eklund, Rising will graduate in December and have three years to play two.

• One prospect who won’t be suiting up for the Cougs is defensive back Trey Udoffia. The Loomis, Calif., product told CF.C last month he had high interest in the Cougs, but verballed to Colorado during a recent unofficial visit.

• Another WSU target to vebally commit elsewhere was safety Keenan Pili. The Provo, Utah, prospect pledged BYU earlier this week.

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