Once spring ball ends Tuesday, WSU assistants will sprint to airport, hit recruiting trail en force Wednesday for May Evaluation Period

AS SOON AS Tuesday's final spring practice is in the books, the Washington State assistant coaches will take part in a sprint of their own.

Once that final whistle blows late Tuesday, the WSU coaches will rush to the airport and hit the recruiting trail full force on Wednesday morning.

During the May evaluation period, a school is allowed four of the six-plus weeks between April 15 and May 31, excluding Memorial Day and Sundays, to visit high schools and evaluate prep prospects.

The assistant coaches will spend the majority of their days in their designated recruiting area -- but not all. 

As in past years, the position coaches will spend 4-5 days give or take outside of their recruiting territory looking at players in their position group, recruiting coordinator recruiting coordinator Dave Emerick told CF.C.  The area recruiter is of course the focal point but the Cougs use a group recruiting effort under Mike Leach, so other Cougar coaches are involved in the recruiting of prospects. And the position coach is keenly involved.

Leach won't be joining his assistants out on the road, an NCAA rule keeps head coaches home during the May evaluation period. But the nine Cougar coaches will hit as many high schools as they can, talk to as many prep coaches as they can, watch as many practices and workouts as they can, and ferry back miles of highlight tape for Leach to evaluate.

WSU's known offers, roughly 100 to uncommitted prospects at this stage, will jump between now and the end of May, and again in the weeks after, with the nine WSU assistants on the recruiting road for an average of 19-20 days each.

During the evaluation period, schools are allowed one on-field evaluation per prospect to assess athletic ability, and one more evaluation to assess a prospect's academic qualifications. Additionally, schools are allowed to place one phone call to a prospect during the period. (Prospects can call coaches anytime throughout the recruiting year).

That phone call placed by coaches is important but it used to be a bigger deal -- it's importance has waned with texting and social media. Coaches at this stage are already in close contact through texting and social media and can ask prospects to pick up the phone and call them. Still, it's a piece to the puzzle and WSU wants to make that call a good one, one that sets them apart.

No face to face contact is permitted outside of a member institution (a college campus) at this time of year, though brief encounters, defined as "bumping" occurs frequently during the May Evaluation period.

INCYMI from the story we published in February, here are the primary recruiting territories for the WSU assistant coaches:

Ken Wilson: Inland Empire (east of L.A., includes the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino)
Roy Manning: Los Angeles
Alex Grinch: San Diego
Jim Mastro: Bay Area including San Francisco
Eric Mele: Western Washington, Portland, Vancouver (CAN)
Clay McGuire: Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno, Bakersfield
Dave Nichol: Orange County, Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana
Jeff Phelps: Hawaii, Arizona and Chicago
Derek Sage: San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Westlake Village and Florida.

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