Dontae Powell (Scout photo)

The old Cougar recruiting adage is adding up in this cycle: hosses at home, hands in California

THE OLD Mike Price and Jim Walden recruiting adage that you look for your hosses nearby and head to California for the hands people appears to be in full swing in this Washington State recruiting cycle.

Of the 10 known scholarship offers the Cougar have on the table with uncommitted offensive linemen, six are from the Pacific Northwest. You can make it seven out of 10 when you add in WSU verbal commit Dontae Powell of Richland. Here’s how the list breaks down:

Aside from geography, the other thing that stands out about the group is the height. Mike Leach likes tall offensive linemen and these guys fit the bill: five are 6-6 or taller and the other five are 6-4 or 6-5.

Now, getting back to the Price-Walden adage, let’s take a look at known scholarship offers to uncommitted receivers and running backs, plus the two verbals that WSU has secured (from wideout Isaiah Hodgins and back Cyrus Habibi-Likio).

Nary a one is from the Pacific Northwest.

Of the nine, six are from California one each hails from Texas, Florida and Oklahoma. Here’s the break down:

IF YOU LOOK AT THE PROJECTED starters on the Cougars’ offensive line this season and at the 10 returning hands people we figure are in line for the most touches, you’ll find shades of the Price-Walden adage again. 

Three of the five projected starting O-linemen are from the state of Washington (Cole Madison, Andre Dillard and Cody O’Connell) while two are from California (Eduardo Middleton and Riley Sorenson).

And of the top 10 returning hands people, six are from California (Gabe Marks, River Cracraft, Robert Lewis, Kyle Sweet, Jamal Morrow and Gerard Wicks), three are from Florida (Keith Harrington, Tavares Martin and Kyrin Priester), and just one is from the Pacific Northwest (Spanaway’s John Thompson).

Moreover, all the youngsters pushing or expected to push those guys most are Californians (James Williams, Klaeb Fossum, Dezmon Patmon and Grant Porter, among others) or Floridians (Isaiah Johnson).

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