Just in: WSU recruiting territories now set

WITH TWO NEW assistant coaches in Dave Nichol and JaMarcus Shephard, Washington State’s recruiting territories have now been assigned, football chief of staff Dave Emerick tells One of the more interesting tweaks to the Cougs' recruiting formula involves defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.

Grinch, whose primary recruiting territories were San Diego and Orange County last year, will keep San Diego.  Emerick said with Orange County now off Grinch's plate, it better allows the Cougar DC to “be more flexible to see all defensive recruits that we need him to see.”

Nichol will now take over Orange County.  And for those who have been wondering who will be in Spokane and nearby locations for the Cougs, Nichol is your man. He takes over former coach David Yost's areas in Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana. 

Shephard will take over Clay McGuire’s territories from last year – the Cougs’ new inside receivers coach will be in the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, Santa Barbara and Westlake Village.

McGuire will take over former assistant Graham Harrell’s territories: Sacramento, Stockton and Fresno. That should prove seamless - McGuire had those areas before Harrell was eleveated to assistant coach last year.  McGuire will also retain Bakersfield, which he added to his primary territories this past recruiting cycle.

Jim Mastro, who recruits the Bay Area for WSU, will add Yost’s area in San Francisco.

And of course Mike Leach plays a key role across the spectrum.

Seven of the nine assistant coaches have a recruiting territory in California. WSU also uses a group recruiting effort under Leach and Emerick, with multiple coaches often involved in the recruiting of prospects.

Here are the recruiting territories for WSU in 2016-17:

Alex Grinch: San Diego
Clay McGuire : Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno, Bakersfield
Roy Manning: Los Angeles
Jim Mastro: Bay Area including San Francisco
Eric Mele: Western Washington, Portland, Vancouver (CAN)
Dave Nichol: Orange County, Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana
Joe Salave'a: Utah, American Samoa, Hawaii, Alaska
JaMarcus Shephard: San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Westlake Village
Ken Wilson: Inland Empire (east of L.A., includes counties of Riverside and San Bernardino)

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