Touted OT ready to see 'big brother' on Washington State visit

WSU WAS THE first program to offer offensive tackle Kanan Ray back in the fall. But since then the 6-4, 265-pounder has seen his recruitment blow up, hauling in nearly 20 offers. WSU remains very much in play for the touted OL and he tells CF.C it’s because of his relationship with Clay McGuire, plus a “big brother” he already has on the WSU team.

Washington State defensive lineman Hunter Mattox  is entering his sophomore year at WSU and he’s taking a lead role in recruiting Ray to Pullman. 

The two are quite close, Ray told CF.C on Monday night, which is why he’s ecstatic to head to Pullman in late March or early April for an unofficial visit to the WSU campus.

“Hunter really is like a big brother to me,” Ray said. “He went to the same high school as me and took me under his wing. I used to be a defensive lineman and we’d train together. Every time he’s in town, he visits. We actually spoke last night (Saturday) on Facetime.”

Having Mattox already in Pullman is something that Ray thinks about often, he said.

“If I were to go there, by the time I’m there, he’d be out of the dorms and could really show me the ropes of being a part of the team. He tells me how things are over there. I think sometimes coaches might try and hype things up, but he keeps it real with me.

“Hunter tells me that he loves it at Washington State. It’s all one big family over there. He had a lot of offers out of high school too, but he said it feels like home and he’s really happy with his decision.”

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In addition to Mattox, Clay McGuire, WSU’s offensive line coach, has also been putting in plenty of work in recruiting the California prospect, who is ranked three stars by

“I speak with Coach McGuire almost every day,” Ray said. “He’s my guy. We have a great relationship and he’s definitely putting in a lot of effort to get me to go to WSU. I’m excited to speak with him in person on my trip. They’ve been on me since the beginning, so it’ll be nice to visit and see everything for myself.”

In addition to WSU, Ray is also planning on visiting UCLA, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Colorado and a few other campuses this spring. He added that he’s in no rush to make a decision and is planning on taking everything in stride.

Ray isn’t the only offensive tackle prospect who holds a WSU offer right now. Here are other hosses WSU has extended scholarships to for Coug fans to key an eye on:

• In-state OT Dontae Powell checks in at 6-6, 300-pounds. Powell is rated three stars by Scout and also holds an offer from Colorado State.

• Another in-stater with a WSU offer is Gig Harbor’s Cody Kanouse. WSU is the lone offer for the 6-7, 290-pounder.

• Four-star OT Jalen McKenzie holds offers from WSU, Oregon State, Miami and Georgia Southern.

• Last Thursday, Arizona product Jonathan Nathaniel received his WSU offer. To read more about Nathaniel landing his first Pac-12 offer, check out this piece by Scout’s Jason Jewell.

• Three-star OT Andrew Voorhees has seen his recruitment explode this season. He holds offers from WSU, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA, Nevada and others.

• At the JUCO ranks, City College of San Francisco prospect Elliot Baker holds a WSU offer and is high on the Cougs. Check out this recent story from CF.C. 

• Staying with JCs, Chaffey College three-star prospect Ronald Rudd also holds a crimson tender. The 6-7, 308-pounder also holds schollies from Colorado, Louisville, Missouri and SMU.

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