For three-star prospect Cody Shear out of Sheldon High in Eugene, the plan is to make his college commitment no later than July 5.
He’ll be on the Palouse next week to talk in-depth about his future with Mike Leach and the rest of the Washington State staff.
His timing is excellent, as the Cougar team, including incoming new freshman, will be back on campus for the summer session that starts Monday.
“I visited Washington State before, but I didn’t have an offer yet and Coach Leach was out of town and some of the other coaches were just getting back from vacation,” Shear tells CF.C. “It was short and sweet, but this upcoming visit will be great because I’ll have a whole new mindset and be able to connect a little bit more with the staff.”
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As of Thursday, Shear said he’s got a top five of WSU, Oregon State, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Arizona. He also holds tenders from Fresno State, Nevada, Utah State, Temple, Memphis, BYU, UMass and several others.
“The WSU visit will be a big one for me,” Shear said. “I think I’m going to go in and take some notes. Whenever you come off of visits, you’re always on a high because it’s great to talk to the coaches in person. It’ll be nice to speak with the WSU coaches and see what their plan is.”
He said he’s been in constant communication with the WSU coaches of late, including area recruiter and Cougar special teams coordinator Eric Mele.
“Oh, I’m speaking with Coach Mele all the time,” Shear said. “I’m speaking with him, Coach Clay McGuire and the rest of the coaches almost every day. Obviously WSU is a great football program and they’ve been able to turn things around. The offense fits me well because they’re looking for athletic offensive lineman.
“It’s a great program, in a great conference, with great coaches. There’s really not much not to like about them.
Following his WSU visit, Shear said he’s hoping to take a few more trips before he makes his decision, but he’s still working on locations and dates.
“I’m looking for a school where I’ll have a great bond with my coaches and teammates,” Shear said. “I want to be around people who will push me to the max. At the same time, I’m really looking forward in going to a goo school. My goal is to go as far as football can take me, I also need a good education so I can be successful of the field.”
WSU currently has six known verbal commits in its 2017 class, but just one offensive lineman in 6-6, 300-pound Dontae Powell of Richland.