New Cougar WR coach Derek Sage hits recruiting ground running, making a move on Texas 3-star WR

NEW COUGAR ASSISTANT COACH Derek Sage has hit the ground running when it comes to recruiting. Washington State has not yet formally announced the hire of the former Toledo receivers coach but Sage is already making a strong push out on the recruiting trail for the Cougs. That includes reaching out to 3-star wide receiver Reggie Roberson, who recently landed a Wazzu offer. Roberson said he and Sage have been in steady contact of late and will meet up in Pullman next weekend.

That’s because Roberson, out of Mesquite, Texas near Dallas, will head to WSU on Jan. 13 for his official visit to the Palouse.

“They offered me recently and I was very excited about it,” Roberson told CF.C. "It was my first Pac-12 offer. I know they throw the ball a lot and it’s good for a receiver to land an offer from them.”

And it was Sage, coming to WSU to replace departed inside receivers coach JaMarcus Shephard, who sent the crimson offer his way, said Roberson.

In addition to WSU, the 6-0, 185-pounder out of Horn High holds offers from Oregon State, Illinois, Kansas, North Texas and others. He holds 18 total tenders.

“Coach Sage has been telling me that I’ll be a good fit,” Roberson said. “When he saw my film, he knew I could come in and and make plays. I know there’s some big receivers to replace, who were putting up big numbers. I could go in and get the ball a lot.”

Currently, Roberson’s Pullman visit is the only official he has scheduled. He did not list any favorites and said he’ll announce a top five at some point next week.

“I like the Air Raid and how they throw the ball so much,” Roberson said. “I’ve been talking with all the coaches for a while. I know I just got the offer, but they’ve been on me and when I did get the offer, all of the coaches on offense and defense texted me to congratulate me. We’re building a strong relationship.”

As of now, Roberson said he’s planning on holding off until National Signing Day to make his decision. As a senior for Horn this season, Roberson led his team with 60 receptions for 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 17.7 yards per catch. He added 587 yards on kickoff returns, with two returns back to the house for touchdowns. 

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