CF.C talked to several reliable prep sources over the last 24 hours, and one WSU assistant coach who has proved interesting to track is Eric Mele.
Mele’s recruiting territory is Western Washington, but he’s been making tracks early this week in California.
The sources tell CF.C that Cougar defensive quality control assistant Brian Odom was temporarily elevated to assistant coach status and has been out on the road this week for Washington State until new inside receivers coach JaMarcus Shephard hits the recruiting trail.
It’s unknown when Shephard, the former Western Kentucky assistant, will join the Wazzu staff on the road. WSU has yet to even officially announce the hire (though WKU confirmed Shephard to WSU on Monday).
Odom, meanwhile, has been in Western Washington the early part of this week – so that Mele could join the WSU recruiting effort in California.
Mele, who has four in-state verbal commits in this class, was with Mike Leach this week on home visits to WSU verbals Derek Moore (pictured above) and Renard Bell, both Los Angeles-area products.
Leach and Mele also had an in-home with DT prospect Curtis Weaver, out of Long Beach.
Mele and Leach also visited future Cougar QB Quentin Davis in Bellflower.
Mele was also part of a WSU contingent on a group in-home visit with three Cougar verbals from California, pictured below L-R are: Dave Nichol, Mason Vinyard, Ken Wilson, Jihad Woods, Leach, Dezmon Patmon, Alex Grinch and Mele.
Vinyard and Woods are from La Mesa, about 15 miles outside of San Diego, where Patmon hails from.
Meanwhile, the sources also say Mele was back up in Western Washington last night, with he and Odom having an in-home with Federal Way and Cougar verbal D'Jimon Jones, who officially visits WSU this weekend.
So WSU has been busy indeed out on the recruiting trail this week. And it’s only Wednesday.
Roy Manning is the Cougs’ primary recruiter in the Los Angeles basin. With Mele and Leach making in-homes to Cougar verbals in that area, was Manning out and about targeting LA-area prospects – perhaps pledged elsewhere – for Washington State? None of the sources we talked to would speculate though one said; “Stay tuned.”