WSU recruiting: At long last official visit weekends are here again!

AFTER WORKING the phone lines this week to prep and JC coaches, here’s what you need to know headed into the first official visit weekend of the year at Washington State.

- As of Friday afternoon, there were eight known visitors coming to WSU this weekend. 


- Four are uncommitted, two are verbally committed to others schools and two are pledged to Washington State.

- There's been some internet chatter Boise State verbal Derriyon Shaw was also visiting but a prep source told CF.C late Friday afternoon that wasn't the case.

- It’s unknown if at least some of the group will be at the WSU basketball game on Sunday afternoon (1 p.m. tip) or if they will have all headed back home by then.

- In employing a new recruiting strategy this year, Mike Leach eschewed recruiting weekends during the Cougs' 8-4 regular season, setting up this weekend as the first time WSU has hosted known official visitors.

A look at the visitors:

WR Isaiah Johnson (6-3, 204)
A soft verbal to Florida, the 3-star prospect holds offers from WSU, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Auburn and others. Out of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, the Dwyer High product was quoted by gatorcountry.com this week as saying; “I’ll be moving in at Florida on January 3.  The Washington State trip is just to get see my boy TJ (Tavares Martin) and hang out with him.” CF.C will be checking in with Johnson after his visit to see if anything changed for him over the weekend.


 
WR Dezmon Patmon (6-3, 200)
Patmon has offers from WSU, Cal, Colorado and others. And for as much interest as Johnson has drawn from Cougar fans for being a Florida verbal, Patmon is actually the higher-ranked wide receiver nationally on Scout.com -- No. 75 vs No. 105. The San Diego product out of Henry High only played in seven games his senior season but pulled in 47 receptions for 609 yards with five TDs. With long strides and his ability to high-point the ball, the 3-star product looks like a snug fit in the Air Raid at the X or Z.



WR Trevon Bradford (5-11, 175) 
A soft verbal to Oregon State, the 3-star wideout holds offers from WSU, OSU, Boise State and others.  The prep beat writers in Oregon have termed the Oregon City product as an electric triple threat at the high school level at three spots: wide receiver/kick return specialist/defensive back, and is expected to be an insider receiver and possible return man at the Pac-12 level.  He was the Mt. Hood Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-league selection at both wide receiver and safety. Bradford had 60 catches for 1,176 yards and 19 TDs as a receiver.



OL Keenen King (6-4, 302)
WSU verbal
Out of Las Vegas' Arbor View High, King pledged Washington State over Arizona State, Oregon State, Colorado, Boise State and others. The 3-star prospect helped lead Arbor View to consecutive double-digit win seasons, helping it reach the Sunset Region championship game this year.  Scout.com analyst Jason Jewel says King has loads of athleticism for a player this size (6-4, 302). "He does a very good job in space pulling and making blocks on defensive skill players... Very sound in the run game. King has the size, power and strength to knock defensive linemen off the ball." King's teammate, DE Anthony Smith, trips to WSU next weekend.



OT Avery Jordan (6-7, 280)  
The Blinn College product (unrated by Scout.com) is listed as a freshman on Blinn's roster, which would give him three years of eligibility. He is light on his feet for his size. Jordan holds known offers from WSU, Fresno State, Utah State and Southern Miss. A former basketball player, he is the younger brother of DeAndre Jordan, a seven-year NBA center with the Clippers.



DE Lyric Bartley (6-4, 240)
Highly athletic, Bartley posted 61 tackles (43 solo) in nine games this season -- with 13 sacks and 18 tackles-for-loss -- and four pass break ups. (We mentioned he was very athletic: the 240-pounder also had five rushing TDs on offense. He holds offers from WSU, Vanderbilt, Nevada, Utah State and others and is rated a 2-star prospect on Scout.com.



CB Isaiah Love (5-11, 165)
A WSU verbal, Love is rated a 3-star prospect on Scout.com. A quick check shows he did not play his senior season until the second-to-last game of the season -- back in May Love was heading north to check out Cal unofficially when he was in a serious car accident and suffered a fracture in his neck, Washington State later offered him in July and he pledged crimson in August. Here's his junior tape:



CB Robert Taylor (5-11, 180)
Taylor is from the same storied junior college as Cougar safety Shalom Luani, CC San Francisco. He posted 43 tackles(28 solo) and picked off five passes -- and also returned 19 punts for 220 yards (11.6 avg.) with one return for score. Taylor holds offers from WSU, West Virginia, Purdue and others. He is unrated by Scout.com

NOTABLE NOTE:
The new format on Scout offers no such flexibility but here's a handier, back door weekly listing of official visitors: CLICK HERE

 


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