Brevin White

QB recruiting: Will Cougs look to double up?

THE COUGS have but three known offers out to uncommitted quarterback prospects for the 2018 class. And signing a pair of QBs in a recruiting class is rare. But Mike Leach wasn’t too far away from doing just that this past cycle. With Luke Falk’s final season on the Palouse about to get underway, could Washington State look to double up this class?

The 2018 trio with known QB offers from Wazzu: Brevin White (6-2, 185, pictured above); Colson Yankoff (6-3, 200) and Camm Cooper (6-4, 185).  More on them in a bit.

Historically, Leach tends to be judicious in offering quarterbacks, 5-6 is customary in a class. But this cycle is trending towards, like the one before, outside the norm. Leach has offered seven known QBs already with the above three uncommitted. For the 2017 class, Leach extended 10 known QB offers before the end of February, and 12 total. 

In the 2017 cycle, Leach was clearly looking at adding a second QB to the class in addition to Connor Neville. He took late runs at Chase Garbers, Tommy DeVito and Blake Barnett.  So since WSU ended up “only” signing one in February, does this mean Leach will look to take two QBs this class?  It’s simply too early to definitively say, but it’s certainly a possibility worth watching.

What we can say is Leach won’t sign a second QB just to get the optimal number of scholie QBs on the roster. If that were the case, he would have done it already. Leach liked Garbers enough that, after Cal’s staff was fired, it made sense to continue recruiting him all the way to the finish line. It's also reasonable to surmise Leach simply liked DeVito and Barnett enough to extend late offers.  If WSU takes two QBs in this class, or later down the line, it will be because Leach likes both prospects a ton.

WSU has three scholie QBs on the spring roster. Falk is set to graduate after this season, Tyler Hilinski will be a third-year sophomore in 2017, as will Anthony Gordon. Neville arrives in the summer. WSU also has two walk on QBs on the spring roster in Trey Tinsley and Casey Brink (a third-year sophomore and second-year freshman in 2017, respectively).  Another walk on, John Bledsoe, son of CouGreat Drew Bledsoe, arrives this summer. Brink, by the way, is no relation to Alex.

Meanwhile, based on the tape, Cougar fans would be happy with any one of the three Wazzu offerees signing with the Cougs. White and Yankoff, out of California and Idaho, respectively, are 4-star prospects and in the Scout.com 300. Cooper is a 3-star prospect out of Utah.  All have multiple Pac-12 offers. 

Here’s the quick analysis on all three from Scout.com’s Greg Biggins, plus video:

We've been watching Brevin White since he was in middle school. White has a live arm, is a plus athlete and always shows a ton of toughness and the ability to stand in and take a shot if needed to deliver the ball.

QB Camm Cooper is the state's (Utah) top signal caller and has a lot of natural ability. The lefty has a smooth, effortless release, has very good pocket mobility and shows an advanced feel in throwing with timing and anticipation.

Colson Yankoff: Strong arm, quick release, pocket presence. Decent speed, athletic, outstanding student.  Tough, physical kid, a gamer who always competes at a high level.

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