Recruiting notebook: Cougs making a run at frosh CB, pair of three-star targets to decide soon

YOU WANT TO talk about getting after a kid early? Well that’s exactly what WSU has done with St. John Bosco cornerback Chris Steele. The 6-1, 185-pounder hauled in his WSU tender last week and said the Cougs are one of three schools he’s favoring. Oh, and he’s just a freshman.

A 2019 prospect with a crimson tender? This is the case for Chris Steele, who recented got the call he was hoping for from WSU area recruiter and outside linebackers coach Roy Manning.

“They offered me last week,” Steele told Cougfan.com on Monday night. “Coach Manning came to my school for a college showcase recently and told me shortly after that he was interested. A week or two later we spoke and he offered.

“I was very excited and happy because Washington State is one of my favorite schools. I’ve been watching them play for a little while and I really like the style of their defense.”

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In addition to WSU, Steele, a freshman at Bosco, holds scholarships from Jackson State and Howard. He said USC, Cal, San Jose State and others are showing him some early interest as well.

“WSU offered me as a cornerback, but I’m hoping to play linebacker,” Steele said. “I play cornerback now, but I think eventually I’ll grow out of the position. I’m fine playing corner if that’s what they want me, though.”

Despite being so early in his recruitment process, Steele said there are three schools he likes most.

“Right now my top three schools would be Washington State, LSU and Utah,” he said. “I’m going to take my time with my recruitment and probably commit either after spring my sophomore year or during my junior year.”

“I’m trying to take a visit soon to WSU,” Steele added. “I spoke wth Coach Manning and my dad about that. Hopefully I can get up there this summer. Coach Manning said I made a lot of big plays throughout the camp he watched me at and there was no doubt in his mind I’m a Pac-12 player. That made me feel really good.”

Elsewhere in WSU recruiting, a decision is coming in a week for three-star 2017 linebacker prospect David Morris

On Monday, Morris confirmed with CF.C that he’ll be announcing his collegiate decision on May 31. The 6-3, 205-pounder out of Sherwood, Ore., took an unofficial visit to WSU in early April and raved about his trip.

“I’ve been on some other visits and the energy was kind of lacking in practices,” he said. “That wasn’t the case at Washington State, though. I just felt like there was a lot more enthusiasm with the coaches. It was a welcoming environment. I enjoyed that.”

Morris holds offers from WSU, Cal, Oregon State, Hawaii and Colorado State. He’s ranked three stars and the No. 39 LB in the country by Scout.com.

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Another prospect to keep an eye on is Eugene, Ore., offensive tackle Cody Shear. The 6-4, 285-pounder also told CF.C this weekend that he’s hoping to make his decision in the near future and added that it will come by July 5 the latest.

Shear, a three-star prospect, holds tenders from Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon State, Utah State, BYU, Temple and many others. 


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