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Washington State Recruiting Roundup: Should Cougar fans be worried about Oregon offer to Hodgins?

WASHINGTON STATE's 2017 recruiting class, consisting of nine known verbal commitments, already displays some nice balance in the early going. WSU under Mike Leach typically gets its o-linemen on board later in the process, but the Cougs already have two on board. Last February, WSU didn't sign a d-tackle or a quarterback. They already have '17 pledges from one of each.

WSU's nine verbal commitments in the 2017 class consist of: 1 DT, 2 OL, 1 CB, 2 WR, 1 RB, 1 QB, 1 CB/S.

One of those future Cougs, 4-star wideout Isaiah Hodgins, recently got an offer from Oregon.  The beat writer for the Oregonian in turn tweeted out the Oregon offer "could change things" for the Cougar commit.

Future Cougar QB Connor Neville, who hails from Wilsonville, Ore., wasted little time in tweeting to the Oregonian writer that the Duck offer 'changes nothing, he's still gonna be a Coug!'  And Hodgins then retweeted Neville's tweet.

Hodgins this week politely told a Rivals writer he appreciated the Ducks’ offer but that he remains fully committed to Washington State. Of course, recruiting being recruiting, Hodgins is quoted in the article as saying he was a Wazzu commit "as of right now."

So should Cougar fans be concerned about Oregon getting Hodgins to flip?

The bottom line is it's a long time until Signing Day. And we'd expect Oregon and others will continue to try and pry Hodgins away all the way up until the first Wednesday in February. 

That said, we'd be surprised if Hodgins signs anywhere else but WSU come February.  That's based on a few things, including the conversations we had with Isaiah and his father James after the verbal (if you missed our talk with Isaiah's dad, there's a link to that article below). 

Also, area recruiter Jim Mastro has a strong relationship with the Hodgins -- he coached James at San Jose State back in the day.  Close readers of CF.C will also recall that back on signing day in 2015, Mastro accounted for a whopping six of WSU’s signees -- and in that 2015 cycle marked by lots of chaos and flipping in the final days and weeks, every one of Mastro’s pledges stayed true.

THREE-STAR CORNER Jaylan Shaw out of Corona, Calif., and Centennial High announced on twitter he has narrowed his list to four: USC, WSU, UCLA and BSU.  All have offered.

Shaw could be poised to move up the Scout.com cornerback rankings this season after serving as a backup last season.


MEANWHILE, THREE-STAR o-line prospect Cody Shear out of Eugene is down to three schools and has an announcement date set for next week. 

Cougfan.com's Braulio Perez spoke to Shear about his unofficial to WSU this past weekend -- look for the article Wednesday on CF.C.

RELATED STORY: Unique perspective on WR Hodgins' verbal to WSU

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