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Washington State QB Recruiting: 2018 edition

AS SURE AS flowers in spring is this time-tested fact of college football recruiting: Now that Signing Day is in the rearview mirror, the quarterbacks in the next class of prospects will be flying off the proverbial shelves between now and July.

The quarterbacks always go early. In fact, of the seven known QB offers Washington State has made for the 2018 class, four already are pledged elsewhere.

Two verballed long ago (Bothell's Jacob Sirmon to Washington and Cameron Rising of Newbury Park, Calif., to Oklahoma) and two went in the last three months (Jack Tuttle of Mission Hills, Calif., to Utah and Adrian Martinez of Fresno to Cal). Sirmon is rated the No. 3 QB prospect in the nation for 2018, Rising No. 5 and Tuttle No. 16.

The three uncommitted QB prospects with known WSU offers are:

• COLSON YANKOFF (6-3, 200) of Coeur d'Alene: Rated 4 stars and ranked the No. 15 QB prospect in the nation. He verbally committed to Oregon last spring and then reopened matters following the Ducks' coaching change. He has more than a dozen scholarship offers, with Nebraska and Tennessee among those coming on strong. Three weeks ago he told CF.C that "I really like Washington State. I have developed a pretty good relationship with the coaches ... They have been cool and very honest and very accommodating with me.” Yankoff has been on campus multiple times on his own to watch Cougar games over the years was impressed  impression on his only “true” unofficial visit.

• CAMM COOPER (6-4, 185/pictured above)) of Lehi, Utah: Rated 3 stars and holds offers from Arizona State, Oregon State and Boise State, among others. He recently told Scout.com that he's planning to take an unofficial visit to WSU during spring practices. He said Mike Leach offered him a scholarship by phone in early December and that "It was awesome talking with him. He told me about the university and how they have led the nation in passing yards. To hear that from him and have the opportunity to go up there and play for a guy like that would be really cool," Cooper said.

• BREVIN WHITE (6-1, 165) of Lancaster, Calif.: Rated 4 stars and ranked the No. 13 QB in the 2018 class. Besides WSU, he has offers from Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington and others. Excellent mobility for a pro-style QB and throws with touch.

Look for the 2018 chase to ramp up in a major way in the coming weeks, especially when it comes to quarterbacks. Every college coach wants to take one quarterback (and sometimes two) in each recruiting class and they generally want to land their man early to serve as a cornerstone for building the rest of the class. In three of WSU's last four classes, the signal caller was landed in March or April.

Indeed, Peyton Bender gets the nod for earliest QB verbal at WSU since at least 2002. He pledged on March 30, nearly a year prior to his 2014 signing day. The next-earliest is brand-new signee Connor Neville, on April 2 of last year. Not counting transfers, the latest QB verbal since 2002 came from Alex Brink -- a Boise State flip -- who pledged crimson just two weeks before LOI Day 2003.

Here's the modern history of WSU's QB verbal commits, broken down by recruiting cycle and the date they pledged:

2002: Carl Bonnell - October 2001 (ranked No. 24 QB in nation)

2003: Alex Brink - January 2003 (No. 74)

2004: Gary Rogers - May 2003 (No. 29)

2005: Arkelon Hall - May 2004 (No. 16)

2006: Kevin Lopina - June 2006 (transfer from K-State, counted in '07 class)

2007: Marshall Lobbestael - November 2006 (No. 146)

2008: Calvin Schmidtke - January 2008 (No. 78)

2009: Jeff Tuel - August 2008 (No. 59)

2010: Connor Halliday - June 2009 (No. 25)

2011: Cody Clements - July 2010 (No. 65)

2012: Austin Apodaca - June 2011(No. 58)

2013: Tyler Bruggman - June 2012 (No. 25) 

2014: Peyton Bender - March 2013 (No. 80)

2015: Tyler Hilinski - April 2014 (No. 41)

2016: Anthony Gordon - May 2016 (JC transfer)

2017: Connor Neville - April 2016 (No. 22)

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2018 PROSPECTS WITH WSU OFFERS (updated regularly)


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