WSU will return the favor in Pullman less than 24 hours later when Perry out of King's High takes his official visit to Washington State this weekend. (Look for CF.C’s article on this weekend’s official visitors soon).
Prep sources tell CF.C that Clay McGuire is in Oregon today, visiting OL target Jaxson Kirkland and Cougar QB verbal Connor Neville, running backs coach Jim Mastro is visiting Perry and Eric Mele is visiting at least three WSU commits/targets (one of whom is listed at the bottom of this article).
The final contact period in recruiting before Signing Day kicked off at 12:01 am this morning, meaning the Cougar coaches are back on the recruiting trail visiting commits/prospects both in-home and at their schools for the first time since it shut down back on Dec. 11.
It will be a quick trip.
The WSU coaches will head back to Pullman for first of three final recruiting visit weekends at WSU before Signing Day kicks off on Friday. The Cougs look to be in very good shape, with 22 known commits in this class and with five already signed, sealed and delivered after beginning classes at WSU on Monday.
But this final three-week stretch historically resembles the Wild West in recruiting. Other schools who have prospects high on their boards all year see those prospects in mid-January decide/solidify with other schools. For the school that missed out, a full court press follows on its "Plan B" prospects – often in the form of a late, sudden offer to a recruit pledged to another school.
In other words, recruiting at this time of year is in large part about trying to hold onto the ones you’ve got.
Perry is as solid to the Cougs as can be, but another in-state Cougar verbal, 3-star defensive end Joe Tryon, has seen UW and Oregon offer recently with the Huskies and Ducks looking to pry him away from WSU, the school he has been verbally committed since August.
But Scout.com changed Tryon’s status to soft verbal this morning. He has visits scheduled to UW and Oregon the final two weekends, respectively, before Signing Day, after his trip to the Palouse this weekend.
Tryon has a basketball game Thursday night vs. Kentwood. Prep sources tell CF.C that WSU area recruiter Mele will be there.
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