Could the coaching change at Cal give Washington State a boost when it comes to its recruiting efforts of Michael Onyemaobi? We're about to find out over the next couple of weeks.
The 3-star recruit has been verbally committed to the Golden Bears since May but his would-be head coach, offensive coordinator and position coach aren't the same as they were a couple of weeks ago. On Monday night, Leach was in the home of Onyemaobi for an in-home visit. Leach made the trip with assistants Ken Wilson and Derek Sage.
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Onyemaobi is listed as a 3-star ATH by Scout.com, but the 6-1, 185-pounder has told CF.C that the Cougar coaches are recruiting him as a cornerback. He took his official visit to WSU last month and offered up a raving review.
“With Coach Leach, it was great to meet with him," Onyemaobi told CF.C earlier. "He’s a great guy. It’s cool to go on your officials and meet with the coaches you see on TV. He was just sitting in his office with me and we had a good talk. He wants me to be a Cougar.”
The California product said this in December, but it's clear WSU still wants him. Time to find out if the WSU coaches can flip the Cal verbal.
SPEAKING OF CAL, Eastern's Beau Baldwin heading to Cal as offensive coordinator under new head coach Justin Wilcox creates interesting speculation around Cougar recruiting in the area and especially with respect to two of the Spokane region's top 2018 prospects: former Oregon verbals Devin Culp of G-Prep and Colson Yankoff of Coeur d'Alene.
Baldwin is viewed in near-reverential terms in the Inland Empire due to his great work and high-scoring offenses at EWU over the last nine years. Now that he's in a major conference, stands to reason every top prospect from the area who plays on offense will welcome his call with open arms. Culp plays receiver, Yankoff QB.
ELSEWHERE IN WSU recruiting, it's shaping up as another big official visit weekend for the Cougs. The visit list is likely to change before Friday, perhaps markedly so, but you can always find the known visitors list here.
But it's not too early to look ahead to the final weekend of official visits before National Signing Day, though. On Monday evening, CF.C spoke with three-star prospect Miles Reed, who tole me he'll be taking his official to WSU on Jan. 27.
The 5-9, 190-pounder holds offers from WSU, Hawaii and Montana and says he will be announcing his college decision shortly after returning form Pullman. However, it's not certain what position WSU is recruiting him at.
ANOTHER WSU TARGET to keep a close eye on is UCLA offensive tackle commit Jaxson Kirkland. The massive o-lineman out of Portland has long had scheduled a visit to WSU this weekend. It's worth noting that UCLA fired its offensive line coach Adrian Klemm this week.
Klemm and Kirkland had a close relationship. When the Oregon prospect committed to the Bruins, Klemm was the one he called to give his verbal. It was already an interesting recruiting storyline with WSU-Kirkland but now that Klemm has been canned it's gotten downright compelling. CF.C has been unable to reach Kirkland, we'll let you know as soon as we do.