Touted Oregon hoss to visit WSU next month

WHEN WASHINGTON STATE hosts its junior day event on April 2, a packed house is expected. And among the visitors heading to town is a 6-4, 290-pound offensive lineman from Oregon, who holds a boatload of offers. He tells Cougfan.com he can’t wait to get to Pullman and that he won’t be making the trip alone

Touted hoss Alex Forsyth received his offer from Washington State  about three weeks ago, calling into area recruiter and WSU special teams coordinator Eric Mele to receive the good news.

And the 6-4, 290-pounder wasted no time in setting his unofficial visit to the Palouse, informing CF.C on Monday night he’ll be in town early next month.

“I got that offer from Washington State right after I got my offer from Oregon State,” Forsyth said. “I spoke with Coach Mele and he said they were going to wait until the Jr. Day (April 2, when he'll visit) to offer, but that the coaches decided they didn’t want to wait any longer.

“I was pretty excited when we spoke. It was a great feeling because we had been talking for a little while and it was awesome to finally get it.”

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When Forsyth does head to Pullman in about three weeks, he said he’ll be making the trip with West Linn High teammates Jake Porter, Mitchell Johnson and Justin Altenhofen.

“I’ve never been up there before, so I’m looking forward to this,” Forsyth said. “I’ll be going up there with my teammates too, so it should be a lot of fun. I’ve been talking pretty frequently with Coach Mele.”

Forsyth said he’s also had plenty of interaction with WSU offensive line coach Clay McGuire.

“Coach McGuire said he likes my aggressiveness,” he said. “Basically all the coaches have said they like my aggressiveness and that they see me as more of a guard than a tackle. I don’t have a preference where I play either. I’ll play where they need me.”

In addition to WSU, Forsyth holds offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Nevada, San Diego State and others. Following his WSU unofficial, he’ll head to Boise State on April 9 and then Oregon on April 15. 

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Elsewhere in WSU recruiting, the Cougars extended a tender last week to cornerback Elijah Blades, a 6-3, 170-pounder out of Pasadena, Calif.

“When I got the Wazzu offer, I was pumped because I knew they were going to offer me, but I wasn't sure when,” Blades said. “I believe I can come and play as a freshmen and get playing time.”

Blades, rated three stars by Scout.com, also holds offers from Arizona and San Jose State. He said that the Cougars and Wildcats are the two schools standing out the most right now, though.

“I’m hoping to visit Washington State,” Blades said “I’d love to check out the school and the facilities. I think that would be great for me.

“I’ve been speaking with Coach JaMarcus Shephard and Coach Roy Manning. They told me that the campus is great. They said I would like the coaching staff and that the program will be something special.”

Here are some more recruiting notes for you

• On Monday, WSU extended an offer to 5-10, 165-pound wide receiver Jaylon Jackson. The Texas native also holds offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma State and others.

• Staying in Texas, the Cougs also offered inside linebacker Riko Jeffers, a 6-1, 225-pounder, also holds tenders from Houston, Oklahoma State, SMU, Kansas and others. 

• For the class of 2018, WSU was the first offer for Bishop Gorman linebacker Palaie Gaoteote. He checks in at 6-1, 200-pounds and has since picked up a scholarship from Nebraska. 


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