Change of plans for 3-star JC with Cougar offer

WHEN WASHINGTON STATE took down Oregon over the weekend, it wasn’t just the Cougar faithful that were left impressed with the big win. WSU recruiting targets also liked what they saw. This includes three-star offensive tackle Tyson Rising.

The JUCO prospect, spoke with CF.C about the Cougar win and said although there’s been a change of plans for his commitment date, WSU remains at the top of his list.

What a weekend it was in Eugene. 

The Cougs indeed took down Oregon, their first victory at UO in nearly a decade. And the win was great to see for Rising, who has Washington State in his top three.

“No doubt that was a big win for Washington State,” Rising told CF.C. “I really think they should be 5-0 right now. They lost to Portland State, which was devastating, and they were right there with Cal last week.

“Against Oregon, I was getting texts from friends throughout the game about how well they were playing. I was pumped.”

CHECKING IN AT 6-5, 290-POUNDS, Rising has picked up offers this recruiting cycle from WSU, Colorado, UNLV, San Diego State and others.

In a recent interview with CF.C, Rising said WSU was in his top three with CU and SDSU. That hasn’t changed, but his planned commitment date has.

“I was getting ready to commit this week, but I spoke with my coaches and we decided to wait until the end of the month,” Rising said. “We just decided that would be the best time to do it. I’m focusing on my team now, but will be ready to make a decision then. 

Rising has been in contact with area recruiter and offensive line coach Clay McGuire for quite some time, and the two have a strong relationship he said.

HERE ARE SOME more recruiting notes for you:

• Another Cougar prospect to keep an eye on is three-star wide receiver John Okwoli. In a recent interview with Scout’s Jason Jewell, Okwoli said he has a top five of WSU, Colorado, Boise State, Utah State and Nevada. He is yet to set official visits, but is hoping to do that soon, he told Jewell.

• Washington State is the first Pac-12 school to offer 6-4, 240-pound defensive end Lyric Bartley. The Salt Lake City prospect also holds offers from Nevada, Vanderbilt, Utah State and Wyoming.

• A new offer has rolled in for three-star WSU WR commit Renard Bell. On Tuesday evening, the Coug verbal announced that he has picked up an offer from Boise State.

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