Recruiting: Washington State news and notes

THERE WAS A full house of screaming fans in Martin on Saturday, but one of those in attendance is of particular intrigue for fans of Cougar recruiting: three-star wide receiver Trevon Bradford out of Oregon City, who is pledged to Oregon State.

So what does this mean for his recruitment moving forward? Will he make a return trip to the Palouse in an official capacity? We asked about that and more.

"I wanted to check them out this weekend and see how they did against the Beavs," Bradford told Cougfan.com.

And what did he see? Bradford and the WSU faithful watched the Cougars dismantle Oregon State in the first half, paving the way to a 52-31 victory. Bradford was on the sidelines for much of the contest, and enjoyed watching the offensive clinic Luke Falk and his receivers put on.

"I was impressed with how well they executed in the passing game," Bradford said. "It seemed like they got a completion on almost every play. It's always exciting watching a team with such an explosive offense like that, especially when the receivers are the ones making the majority of the plays."

BRADFORD RECEIVED HIS crimson offer in late May, but committed to Oregon State three weeks prior on May 5. Despite being a Beaver commit, the 5-11, 175-pound wide receiver said he’s remained in close contact with the WSU coaches since he was offered.

"I speak with Coach (Eric) Mele," Bradford said. "He's always checking up on me and asks how I'm doing and how my senior season is going. He also tells me that he wants me to come be a part of the Coug fam in the return game with him, and in the passing game with Coach (David) Yost.

"When I was on the sideline on Saturday, basically all of the coaches came up to me (besides Leach) and talked to me for a little bit. Basically they just told me to watch how much the offense throws the ball and what I would be able to do in the offense."

The three-star receiver, who in addition to the two Pac-12 schools holds offers from Air Force, Idaho, Eastern Washington and others, said he’s planning a return trip to Pullman in a few months. This time, for an official visit to the WSU campus.

"They want me to come back and visit in December," Bradford said. "They want me to come back for my official during the offseason, so that way they'll be able to spend more time with me.

"I liked the atmosphere at WSU this weekend. The fans really seemed to love their Cougs and I liked the stadium a lot, especially how big the student section was."

ANOTHER PROSPECT FOR WSU fans to keep an eye on is Utah three-star defensive end Lyric Bartley. The 6-4, 240-pounder received his offer from WSU last week and told CF.C it was a big one for him.

"My reaction to that offer was: 'Priceless,'" Bartley said. "I was excited and humbled that Wazzu took the time and the effort into being my first Pac-12 offer. It means a lot to me.

"I met Coach Joe Salave'a last spring and we've been talking for the last 2-3 weeks straight. Our relationship is nothing but honesty."

In addition to WSU, the Salt Lake City prospect holds offers from Vanderbilt, Utah State, Wyoming and Nevada.

"I'm very interested in Wazzu right now," Bartley said. "As of now, I'm planning on taking visits to Wazzu and Utah State. I just need to talk with my mom to get the dates certified."

Bartley said he's unsure as to when he'll be making his college decision.

HERE ARE SOME more recruiting nuggets for you:

• When WSU hosts Stanford on Halloween, a WSU verbal commit could be in attendance. CF.C spoke with Grant Porter's father George on Wednesday morning and he informed us that he and his son are planning on taking an unofficial trip to Pullman to catch the contest vs. the Cardinal. That trip is still being finalized, but George Porter said the two are looking forward to making it happen.

• Bradford wasn’t the only prospect in Pullman on Saturday of note. From the class of 2017, four-star offensive tackle Dontae Powell was also in attendance for the Oregon State game. The 6-7, 300-pounder hails from in-state Richland High. WSU is the lone offer for the junior, but he’s also receiving interest from Boise State and Washington.

• In case you missed it last week, three-star cornerback Jalen Thompson and three-star athlete Justus Rogers both signed financial aid agreements with Washington State. Both prospects are planning to graduate from their high schools in December and will enroll at WSU for the spring semester.

Utah and Washington State have the most American Samoa players in the Pac-12 on their rosters.  Utah has a verbal pledge from Snow College linebacker Kurtis Taufa but a JUCO source tells CF.C that Washington State, who offered Taufa after he verballed to the Utes, has made up ground and his recruitment bears watching in the coming weeks and months.

 


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