Shear, ranked three stars and the No. 96 offensive tackle in the land by Scout.com, was in Pullman last weekend for his second WSU visit.
His time out on the Palouse was outstanding, he told CF.C.
UPDATED FRIDAY, JULY 1: Shear tweeted that he will play his college ball at Arizona.
“The visit was awesome,” he said.“I got to spend one on one time with Coach Leach and then Coach Mele and (GA Jack) Taylor kind of toured the campus with my family and I. We spent almost a full day there. It was a long visit, but it was great for sure.”
Shear has developed a bond with Mele, who is running the recruiting point for WSU. And that one-on-one meeting with Leach was just was the doctor ordered.
“I hadn’t met Coach Leach in person, so I was looking forward to meeting him for the first time. Other coaches from WSU had stopped by my school before, so I was looking to meeting him and seeing where I could fit in the offense.
“As of right now, he said because of my athleticism, he thinks I could play all five positions on the line. Wherever I end up, I’ll be competing. The coaches think I’m athletic enough to play inside and outside. Since they throw so many screens, they like athletic tackles and centers.”
Shear is still planning on making his college decision by July 5, but said that his commitment could come at any moment before then.
The 6-4, 285-pounder holds double-digit offers, but said he is down to three finalists: Washington State, Oregon State and Arizona. Shear added that he’s done taking visits and that the WSU trip certainly made an impact on his recruitment.
“Last time I made it to Pullman, we didn’t get to check out the city,” Shear said. “We drove there and back in one day. It was a long drive and quick visit. This time, I was just trying to picture myself playing for the Cougs and living in Pullman. I think I could fit in really well in Pullman. The trip boosted my thoughts on Washington State even more although I was already high.”
“It’s totally up in the air with who I'm committing to right now,” Shear added. “I know I’ll commit by July 5. I’m just waiting to get that gut feeling.”
Will it be WSU, OSU or Arizona? We’ll find out within the next week.