Cougfan Radio: WSU recruiting w/ Walden

ON HIS RADIO SHOW Saturday, Jim Walden wanted to know how Washington State recruiting was shaping up for Mike Leach's 2016 class. CF.C had plenty of answers for him.

But I flubbed the last question from Walden.

Walden, pointing to Evan Weaver and Scott Peck, two Spokane area prospects who chose Cal and Utah, respectively, over WSU, asked if there was something wrong with how Washington State was recruiting Spokane.

Our answer should have been something more like: "It's possible there was -- both coaches who had been recruiting the state were fired last year (Mike Breske, Eric Russell). Spokane was Breske's territory and he worked at recruiting. But he wasn't a dynamic recruiter, and don't know if he built ultra-strong ties with the prep coaches in the area. Same goes for Russell -- it is a results-oriented business and he wasn't dynamite at it when it came to the bottom line.

"It's probably unfair to Dave Yost (pcitured above) to have expected him to be a stellar point man in his first year recruiting the Spokane area, or to hold his feet to the fire on the decisions by Weaver or Peck. But it would be fair to expect him to have made significant inroads with the area's prep coaches by February (or sooner) -- and for WSU to start signing Spokane players who have Pac-12 talent. But we don't know how good a recruiter Yost will be in Spokane yet. We should have a better feel by this time next year.

"Meanwhile, we do already know about Eric Mele when it comes to recruiting. He steered the ship on the three in-state verbals. Last year, WSU had zero in-state signees. Mele's already put three on board the 2016 class. He's also in our view already affected an uptick in the quality of walk ons coming on board from inside the state."

(See the related story below, where Jim Mastro lauded Mele's recruiting work ethic).

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