WSU Notebook

A PREP SOURCE tells one of Washington State’s verbal pledges might not be done taking trips to other schools.

Michigan OL transfer Logan Tuley-Tillman verbally committed to WSU this weekend. But a prep source tells CF.C Tuley-Tillman might still be looking to take an official visit to Houston and possibly one other school (Texas no longer appears to be in the mix, according to the source).

CF.C connected with Tuley-Tillman on Saturday, just long enough for him to tell us he had verballed to WSU. CF.C continues to try and reach him for a more in-depth chat but so far haven't been able to connect. We’ll let you know over on the Luxury Suites as soon as we do.

A 4-star prospect coming out of high school, Tuley-Tillman chose Michigan over Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame, USC and others. He is expected to graduate in June from Michigan. He would then have 2-to-play-2 as a graduate transfer. 

He was dismissed from Michigan’s football program after being charged with three felonies, with a pretrial hearing scheduled for Feb. 8. reports Tuley-Tillman was granted permission by the courts to leave the state to find another college, but is required to wear a GPS tracker. Tuley-Tillman told CF.C in December WSU's staff got the go-ahead to offer him after Tuley-Tillman had a lengthy conversation with Bill Moos; "He said they’re willing to give second chances, but I’ve got to do my best to grow as a man.”

Between Signing Day and the May evaluation period, Washington State figures to tweak its assigned recruiting territories with two new assistant coaches. 

New outside receivers coach Dave Nichol told CF.C earlier this month things were still being worked out but he thought the plan would be for him to slide into former outside WRs coach Graham Harrell’s territories (Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno). Nichol recruited California when he was with Arizona (2008-11). 

New inside receivers coach JaMarcus Shephard is seen as a more dynamic recruiter than the guy he’s replacing, Dave Yost, whose territories were Eastern Washington, Montana and Idaho (he also was assigned San Francisco, though Jim Mastro was the Cougs’ primary recruiter in the Bay Area).  So it would make sense if Shephard’s recruiting areas were to also be primarily California, where the vast majority of WSU’s scholarship athletes come from.

But we’ll have to wait and see sometime after Signing Day how it will all shake out. 

By the way, Shephard’s WKU base salary this past season, according to WBKO-TV, was $72,000. Yost’s base salary this season was $243,000.

Moos on the radio Monday sounded hell bent on the Cougs avoiding a backslide after a 9-4 season seemingly has them poised to enter the preseason top 25 polls this fall.

“What we’ll be talking about all through the rest of the winter and on into the spring is the fact we have still a lot to accomplish… next year will be the first year that every recruiting class is a Mike Leach player. That’s one sign of stability.  We’ve got to have our players, coaches, staff and just as important our fans, not sit back and rest on any laurels,” said Moos.

Moos reiterated the Cougs have seven home games each of the next three seasons.

“We’ve got a chance to be pushed up there in the upper selections of the Pac-12 North. And that’s great. But when you… become the hunted and not the hunter, you better have a little different mindset. And that’s what I’m going to be pushing,” said Moos.

He’d also like to cap off the regular season with a win.

“We haven’t beat the Huskies in three tries and that’s getting a little old to me,” said Moos.

Moos summed it up by saying the 9-4 campaign needs to be a springboard, not a destination. He also said he expects a record year for season ticket sales in 2016.

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