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WSU Jr. Day: Lots of recruits out on the Palouse this weekend, including an in-state 4-star crimson target on an extended stay

WASHINGTON STATE on Saturday played host to a large number of California recruits out on unofficial visits to the Palouse. But it was an extended visit from an in-state recruit that caught our eye.

Sumner 4-star linebacker prospect Ben Wilson (6-2, 215, pictured above) spent not one but two days at Washington State, culminating in the Cougs’ fifth practice of the spring on Saturday.

"The visit was great, I had a blast,” Wilson told’s Braulio Perez via text late Sunday night.

Wilson is one of four Washingtonians with known offers from WSU in the 2018 class.  He also has offers from UCLA, Utah, Arizona, Cal and others. He is ranked the No. 10 inside linebacker prospect nationally and No. 3 on the West Coast. Look for a CF.C article coming soon with more on Wilson’s trip to Wazzu.

Meanwhile, CF.C has been working the phone lines to recruits and prep sources and from what we’ve been able to piece together, it sounds like there were 50-plus prospects in town on Saturday, with California and Washington the two states most represented.

It should be noted: WSU doesn’t use its junior day event as a spring recruiting centerpiece. For WSU’s top targets -- who can visit on their own dime in the spring -- Mike Leach tends to bring them in over the course of the 15-practice spring session rather than all at once. The only recruit in town with a known WSU offer we have been able to verify was Wilson, and he spent two days in Pullman so the Cougar coaches were able to spend quality time with him. 

But there are also some prospects who visited WSU who could potentially earn an offer, or a preferred walk on invite, at some point over the recruiting year.  We put together a list of 10:

It includes LB Chase Chandler (6-2, 225) out Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, and OL Marco Brewer (6-4, 291) out of Corvallis High.

As mentioned, there was also a large contingent from California in town this weekend. Out of that group, here are eight who prep sources we talked to say are ones to keep an eye on:

DE Baraka Beckett (6-4, 275) Palisades High, Palisades, Calif.
OL Shane Bowe (6-5, 270) Tesoro High, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
DE Tyler Clemons (6-4, 245) Alhambra High, Martinez, Calif.
LB Jack Genova (6-0, 200) Mater Dei High,  Santa Ana, Calif.
Safety Aaron Jenkins (6-1, 195) St. Mary’s High, Stockton, Calif.
RB Taejon King (6-2, 205) Franklin High, Elk Grove, Calif.
QB Jeff Miller (6-6, 228) Murrieta Mesa High, Murrieta, Calif.
WR Charles Ross (6-0, 168) Culver City High, Culver City, Calif.

Another in-state prospect for Cougar fans to keep an eye on: WR Daniel Arias (6-4, 190) out of Jackson High in Mill Creek. UPDATE: Arias just tweeted he's unofficially visiting WSU on Wednesday.

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