New Coug DL coach Jeff Phelps making run at 3-star Chicago DE; Gavin McCabe tells CFC he's highly interested in Wazzu

WASHINGTON STATE's media guide features only five lettermen in the history of the football program with Chicago as their hometown. That makes sense, given the distance and being smack dab in Big Ten territory. But with new d-line coach Jeff Phelps' recruiting ties in Illinois, WSU is making some early Midwest moves including offering a 3-star DE out of Marist High on the city's South Side. He tells CF.C it was a dream to land the WSU offer, and he’s definitely eyeing a visit to the Palouse soon.

Phelps brought his recruiting Rolodex with him to Washington State from Minnesota.

The Cougs sent out an offer to Gavin McCabe on Monday night and the 6-3, 250-pounder didn’t mince words in describing his feelings about landing that tender to CF.C.

“It was awesome,” McGabe said. “I had been talking to Coach Phelps when he was a Minnesota. Then, he got to Washington State and he reached out to me again. It was surprising to land an offer from them, but really cool. It’s great because now I have offers from all the Power Five Conferences.”

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McCabe holds more than 20 scholarships though WSU might be the 'big' name. Among the others: Rutgers, Arkansas, Indiana, Syracuse, Boston College, Kansas, Iowa State and more.

His WSU offer was the product of a strong junior tape.

“When I spoke with Coach Phelps, he let me know that the coaches all got together to watch my film and they absolutely loved it,” McCabe said. “They showed it to the head coach (Mike Leach) and he really enjoyed it too."

“For me, it’s kind of cool because coaches from all the way out in Washington are showing interest in me. It means they’re putting in the work to get to know my game. I’ve always had interest in playing in the Pac-12 and getting out West," said McCabe.

McCabe, who was named the d-lineman of the year in his conference as a junior, said he’s planning on visiting multiple schools this spring and summer. One of them now includes WSU.

“That’s definitely something I’m going to try and do,” McCabe said. “To head out West and play in the Pac-12 would be great. You get to play against teams like Oregon, UCLA and USC. It’s one of the best conferences in the nation. I like that about Washington State.”

The Chicago product plans on making his decision after the spring and summer trips, adding that he wants to get his decision out of the way before his senior season starts.

SPEAKING OF NEW offers, McCabe wasn't the only new prospect to land a crimson offer in the last 24 hours. Here's there others who tweeted out they had landed an offer from Washington State.

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