Chase Garbers

Mike Leach about to pull a recruiting first and take 2 QBs this WSU recruiting class?

MIKE LEACH as a head coach has never taken two quarterbacks in the same recruiting class. But it became apparent last week Leach would take a second 2017 QB in addition to 4-star QB verbal Connor Neville, if he can find the right guy.

In case you missed it, Chase Garbers (6-3, 210) unofficially visited Washington State last week (after the 6-2, 195-pound Neville verballed) and told’s Greg Biggins the Cougs are still recruiting him and would bring in a second QB in this class.

According to the database, WSU had nine known offers out to quarterbacks before Neville verballed. The list has since narrowed, with some of those offerees headed elsewhere.  And while some of those QBs undoubtedly no longer have a WSU offer, Garbers clearly still does. 

Also key to note here is that the WSU coaching staff will hit the road soon after spring football ends on April 26 for the May Evaluation period.  More QB offers could come be in the offing after WSU assistants ferry back tape from the recruiting trail for Leach to pour over and evaluate.

On paper, the odds are probably against WSU taking two QBs this class. Leach won't take a guy just to feel better about the QB roster numbers.  More of an obstacle is this: It’s a contradiction but in the majority of cases a sought prep quarterback, for all of his competitiveness, does not want to come into a recruiting class with another scholie QB. 

WSU has half of that equation solved. Neville is highly competitive, he knew going in that WSU could take two QBs and he still made the call to verbally commit to Leach and Washington State. 

So if you thought QB recruiting for this class was in the rear view mirror, stay tuned. Washington State might not be done just yet. It remains to be seen if WSU can find another QB that Leach likes enough to bring on board, and who also has the same kind of competitive spirit as Neville.

The Cougs have three* scholarship quarterbacks on the roster plus a walk on in the mix. In 2016, Luke Falk (6-4, 214) will be a fourth-year junior, Peyton Bender (6-0, 190) a third-year sophomore and Tyler Hilinski (6-3, 191) a second-year freshman. *Justus Rogers (6-2, 218) is listed as a QB/ATH with his position likely to be solidified after spring. Christian Jorgensen (6-2, 195) will be a second-year freshman walk on. This fall, walk on QB Bryce Missey out of Bethel is also expected to join WSU.

Leach at Texas Tech in 2004 brought in two players classified as QBs by but one of them, Robert Johnson, was always going to be a WR at Tech.

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