Mystery over, WSU coaches on road recruiting

WASHINGTON STATE'S ASSISTANT COACHES are now fanned out across the country, busy recruiting with the Cougs' bye week at hand. So while there will be fewer practices this week out on the Palouse for the Cougs, the assistant coaches will be hitting as many high school practices as they can.

Mike Leach wasn't available to media after Sunday night's practice session but CF.C was able to confirm Monday morning the WSU assistants hit the recruiting trail Sunday night.

The primary recruiting aim at this time of year is for assistant coaches can take in practices, meet with prep coaches and get transcripts.

Leach employs a group recruiting approach at Washington State, with recruiting coordinator Dave Emerick implementing Leach's vision. But in terms of assistant coach territories, here's the basic rundown:

Alex Grinch – Orange County and San Diego

Graham Harrell – Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno

Eric Mele – Western Washington, Portland, Vancouver (CAN)

Roy Manning – Los Angeles

Jim Mastro – Bay Area

Clay McGuire – San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, Westlake Village

Joe Salave'a – Utah, American Samoa, Hawaii, Alaska

Ken Wilson – Inland Empire (east of L.A., includes the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino)

David Yost – San Francisco, Spokane, Tri Cities, Wenatchee, Idaho, Montana

Note that the territories list is not exhaustive - for example, if there's a recruit in Texas, a region WSU spot recruits, either Harrell, McGuire or both may run the point given their ties to the region.

Washington State has 15 known verbal commitments, including four from the state of Washington:


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