Commentary: Yost’s move to Oregon perfect for him & WSU?

A RELIABLE source told CF.C Monday inside receivers coach Dave Yost is indeed leaving Washington State for Oregon. Yost’s résumé will tout River Cracraft and Kyle Sweet’s accomplishments, that Coug wideouts (overall) caught the most passes in Pac-12 single-season history his first two years and WSU was No. 1 in passing offense in ’15. But it’s what the résumé doesn’t show that is most striking.

Yost arrived at WSU in early 2013 and after an initial search of the CF.C archives, we can’t find a single Yost signing in WSU’s last two classes where he was the primary recruiter, nor is there one on tap for the 2016 class. 

Yost was certainly involved in many home visits over his three recruiting cycles in Pullman, and WSU also uses a tag team approach in recruiting.  But even if our initial search of signings has missed a guy or even two, Yost’s lack of crimson recruiting signings is notable, one made even more vexing considering his solid reputation as a recruiter while with Missouri (2001-11).

Yost's recruiting area this year for WSU was primarily Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana.

There were two high-value Spokane prospects this recruiting cycle that Washington State was in on early: Gonzaga Prep DE Evan Weaver and Central Valley High’s Scott Peck. For fans who yearn to see WSU put a fence around Eastern Washington, it was rough to see them verbal to Cal and Utah, respectively, over offers from WSU -- and doubly so to see them go to Pac-12 competitors. 

Yost is believed to be headed to Oregon to coach quarterbacks -- the position he’s coached most of his career until he came to WSU as inside receivers coach. 

His opportunity to return to that comfort zone, coupled with his lack of recruiting production at WSU, may have created the perfect opportunity for him – and WSU – to move on at this point in time.  WSU’s success has always been predicated on a staff filled with hyper-effective recruiters.

Yost was Mike Leach’s eye in the sky in the booth. But it’s our understanding Leach replaced him with Graham Harrell this past season.

Yost came to WSU in February of 2013 after resigning from Missouri in December 2012. He told’s Dennis Dodd at the time the initial plan had been to take a year off, saying he had lost his love for coaching. But Yost changed his mind eight weeks later in order to join Leach at WSU.

Leach will be replacing both of his receivers coaches for 2016.  Outside receivers coach Graham Harrell departed to be the offensive coordinator at North Texas and was replaced by Dave Nichol.

--Yost coached three of the top quarterbacks in Missouri program history during his time with the Tigers.

--Yost will be inheriting a quarterbacks group at Oregon than includes Jeff Lockie and Montana State transfer Dakota Prukop. Speaking of MSU, head man Jeff Choate, a former WSU assistant coach, announced former WSU QB Tyler Bruggman has signed with the Bobcats. Bruggman spent his past season at Scottsdale Community College.

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