For SoCal three-star defensive end Shane Irwin, the Cougars recent winning streak “definitely” has WSU high on his list.
“Honestly, just seeing that they beat Oregon and Stanford is huge,” he said. “I never thought I’d be able to go to a school that could compete and win at a level like that. It really gets me excited about their program and what they have to offer.”
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And you know what else excites him about about the Cougars? Roy Manning.
The second-year WSU outside linebackers coach is Irwin’s area recruiter and the two have been talking for about 4-5 months.
Irwin was just offered by WSU last week.
“Coach Manning and I have a really good relationship right now,” Irwin said. “He’s cool, down to earth and is super young and enthusiastic about the program. We just spoke a few days ago and it was 30 minutes of him jacked up about the program and what they have to offer.
“I was really excited when they offered me because it was my first Pac-12 offer and I’ve been waiting on it for so long. I sent them my new tape the night before and Coach Manning said he watched it with the whole staff and they loved it.”
Ranked three stars and the No. 23 defensive end out west by Scout.com, the 6-4, 230-pounder holds offers from WSU, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, Utah State and others. He’s also receiving interest from Cal and Oregon.
“I’m trying to cut down my list of schools, but I don’t have a legit order right now," Irwin said. “But Washington State is definitely up there right now. I really like the defense and the coaches. The defense is fast and high paced. They’ve got something good going up there and it looks like a place I’d like.”
This season, the senior has 46 tackles -- with 19 tackles for loss -- and 7 1/2 sacks.
"I'm hoping to make my decision in the next month or two," he said. "If a couple of more schools show interest, I might postpone it a bit, but the goal is to get my commitment out of the way before playoffs."