Apple Cup recruiting notebook: What have Cougs/Huskies done in the state of Washington for 2017 class?

JUST BECAUSE THE fireworks will be on the field on Friday, doesn’t mean there won’t be any action off of it. No doubt about it, Friday’s Apple Cup tilt could also be big for WSU on the recruiting trail. But the same could be said for UW. What have the two schools done so far with the 2017 classes in terms of prospects from the Evergreen State? We jump into that and more in this CF.C recruiting notebook.

In previous years, particularly before Mike Leach arrived, WSU struggled to keep the handful of top-rated in-state talent home.

That has changed this year.

Meanwhile at UW, Chris Petersen continues to do well recruiting the Evergreen state. Here’s a look at the in-state prospects who have verbally committed to both schools.

WSU: Four-star OT Dontae Powell (Richland), three-star OT Abraham Lucas (Archbishop Murphy), three-star DE Joe Tryon (Hazen), three-star DE Kelle Sanders (River Ridge) and three-star OL Quazzel White (Lincoln).

UW: Four-star ATH Connor Wedington (Sumner), four-star TE Hunter Bryant (Eastside Catholic), three-star TE Cade Otton (Tumwater), four-star ATH Salvon Ahmed (Juanita) and four-star OL Henry Bainivalu (Skyline).

Your math is correct. That’s 10 in-state prospects who have committed to either WSU or UW, with the numbers split right down the middle at five apiece.

But ... there remain some touted in-state three-star recruits on the board who have not yet made their decisions.

WSU also has offers out to three-star Peninsula offensive tackle Cody Kanouse, three-star Pullman TE/DE Ben Moos, (son of AD Bill Moos) and three-star Edmonds-Woodway DE Ali Gaye. UW has not offered any of the three, all have previously visited WSU unofficially.

The younger Moos has been to every Cougar home game this season so far, sitting in the AD's suite with his dad. Update: He tells CF.C he'll back again at Martin Stadium on Friday for the Apple Cup.

Gaye recently took an unofficial visit to the UW campus for the Huskies' loss to USC. He was at WSU over the summer. In an interview with CF.C in late September, Gaye said he was hopeful to nail down an official visit date to WSU, but hadn’t finalized a date with the staff yet.

NOTABLE NOTES:
• The state’s top-rated prospect is five-star offensive tackle Foster Sarell out of Graham Kapowskin, who will be taking an official visit to Alabama this weekend. Sarell has already tripped to Notre Dame. It is expected he will not stay in-state for his college ball, though Washington is said to still be in the mix, as is Stanford.

• The Apple Cup will mark the first time this season the WSU coaches will host official visitors for a game. Linebacker Faavae Faavae confirmed with CF.C that he’ll be headed to Pullman this weekend. The three-star LB committed to WSU last month.   Meanwhile, three-star Miami WR Carmoni Green also confirmed with CF.C that he’ll be in Pullman for the game. Ranked the No. 93 WR in the country, Green is a soft verbal to Illinois. 

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