Cougs suddenly have Pac-12 company for in-state OL Matthew Cindrick out of Sammamish

SAMMAMISH 3-STAR offensive line prospect Matthew Cindric has held a Washington State offer for nearly a year and until just recently, it was his only tender. But last week, no fewer than four Pac-12 schools put a scholie offer on the table. Will being first to offer pay off for the Cougs when it comes time to make his decision?

Cindric said he doesn’t have a timeline on when he wants to make his verbal commitment. Nor does he have a leader, or even a group of frontrunners.  He said he is keeping an open mind, but also remembering who offered him first.

“I'm looking at all of the schools fairly, but I think (Washington State) noticing me first, it's kind of a cool thing to see that they weren't just hopping on any bandwagon. They really liked what I did before anyone else kind of saw me,” said Cindric.

WSU area recruiter Eric Mele is running the point on Cindric, who said he has enjoyed watching the Washington State offensive line develop into one of the better o-line units around in recent years. Getting to see a local program thrive in his position group sticks out.

“It's definitely an honor to get an offer from a school that has such great offensive lines over the past few years. I think it's really cool that they are that's a school that in my home state,” said Cindric.

Last week saw a wave of offers. But what is now a wave started with a drop. That drop coming from Pullman.
The Cougars were the first to offer the three-star offensive lineman last spring. Then … nothing. Until last week, when UCLA, Cal, Utah, Oregon State, Hawaii, Nevada and Montana State all offered.

Having the Washington State offer in his back pocket helped, said Cindric.

“It was definitely cool to have that offer, and going into my junior season that there wasn't as much pressure,” Cindric said. “I guess that I could go out there and have fun and enjoy it with my teammates, not really focus too much on recruiting and knowing that a school is already noticing my talents. I think that did take some pressure off.”

Cindric has played both guard and tackle at Skyline. While he doesn’t have a preference on where he lines up in college, he feels having that versatility makes him more attractive in the recruiting game.

“I love pulling in at the guard but I also love pass blocking at tackle,” Cindric said. “I’m able to beat defensive lineman to the spot they want to be at, and I also think I can bring some power. I think I have some sneaky strength. I'm not built like some huge guards but I think I can get out in front and out-leverage people.”

RECRUITING NUGGETS:

  • The Cougars’ first known commitment in the 2018 class came from southern California with linebacker Victor Terry out of Hawkins High. But WSU would love to make it a Hawkins twosome at Wazzu.  Terry’s teammate, wide receiver Jalen Hall, has also been offered by Washington State.  Hall is a 5-star prospect ranked the No. 2 wide receiver prospect nationally.
  • WSU offered its first known junior college product in recent days: Calvin Jackson out of Independence CC in Kansas. Jackson, a 5-foot-8, 175-pound speedster originally from Florida, tweeted he received his first offer from Washington State a few days ago. In nine games last season, Jackson had 49 receptions for 649 yards with 5 TDs at Independence.
  • Washington State picked up a commitment out of Arizona from offensive tackle Jonathan Nathaniel last recruiting class, and the Cougs look to be focusing in more on the Grand Canyon State this cycle, they’ve extended four early offers already. They are: 4-star wide receiver Solomon Enis, the top player in the state on Scout.com, 4-star safety Josiah Bradley and two of the top offensive linemen in the class in Joey Ramos and Matteo Mele.
  • Keep an eye on Vista Murrieta ATH Elisha Guidry. The 5-foot-11, 3-star recruit was a standout at the Under Armour All-America Camp. He holds rides from Washington State and Northwestern. Expect more offers to come in.

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