Porter solid with WSU, eyeing December visit

WSU VERBAL COMMIT Grant Porter can’t wait to get on the football field this weekend. It was over the summer that the star wide receiver suffered a nasty foot injury. However, he’s back near 100 percent and is looking forward to turning heads again. He’s also looking forward to his first visit to Pullman. When will that happen?

Porter and his father George were planning on coming to Washington State this weekend to catch the Cougars face Stanford. 

Those plans have been changed, though, Porter told Cougfan.com on Sunday evening.

But Washington State (5-2) is employing a new recruiting strategy during the season.

“I spoke with Coach (Ken) Wilson and he told me to hold off on those plans,” Porter said. “We were going to come for the Stanford game, but Coach Wilson said he and Coach Leach won’t have a lot of time to spend with me during a game week. 

“They would prefer for me to come after the season. I’m going to head up there probably in December. I’m really excited to go up there. I’ve never been, so it will be fun to check out the campus and everything.”

PORTER COMMITTED TO WSU on July 1, going crimson over offers from Boise State, Utah, Kansas, San Diego State and a few others.

Since his verbal, though, schools have continued to show lots of recruiting love to the Upland, Calif., prospect. This includes USC and Cal. The Golden Bears, whom the Cougars lost to 34-28 three weeks ago, were the most recent program to reach out.

“I actually spoke with the coach from Cal last Thursday,” Porter said. “They’re still on me quite a bit. They haven’t offered me yet, but I think they’ll offer me later this season once they see what I can do." 

Should Cal offer, would WSU fans have anything to worry about?

“If they offrered, I might take a visit there, but I’m still going to be strong with Washington State. I have a good relationship with Coach Wilson and I like the offense.”

Speaking of the offense, Porter said he’s loving what he’s seeing out of Luke Falk and the receivers thus far.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Porter said. “A lot of people doubted them after that first loss of the season, but they’ve come out on top. The coaches are excited about the way they’re playing. Coach Wilson told me they need me in the offense too. They’ve come a long ways and they still have more to grow.”

FROM A HEALTH standpoint, the 6-0, 175-pounder will be back on the gridiron for Upland High this weekend.

About 11 weeks ago, Porter fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot, sidelining him ever since. He was able to start running a little over a week ago, he said, and is ready to help his prep team out with the playoffs right around the corner. 

“I’m feeling good right now,” Porter said. “It was a nasty injury. I was just running a route during practice and I fractured it. Now that I’m healthy, I’m ready to get back after it and help my team win a championship.”

NOTABLE RECRUITING NOTE: A prospect to keep an eye on is three-star Covina, Calif., athlete Zion Echols. The 5-8, 175-pounder is a Cal commit, but told Scout.com’s Greg Biggins he’s eyeing an official visit to the Palouse.

"I haven't set up any dates yet but I'm supposed to lock in a visit with Utah tonight when I talk with Coach Roderick. I'm thinking of taking one to Washington State as well and would love to take all five if I can but those two schools are the only ones right now that I know I'll check out."

Echols holds offers from Cal, WSU, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State and others.

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