Coug DT target shares epic story on WSU offer

CONNECTING WITH RECRUITS can often be a tough business. And for defensive tackle E.J. Ane, he and WSU linebackers coach Ken Wilson had one missed connection after another in late April. That’s why when Ane received a package with a boatload of letters from the WSU coaches in the mail, he was shocked to see the news on one of the letters from Wilson. We have that and more in this CF.C recruiting notebook.

You think you’ve seen it all and then this story arrives from class of 2018 defensive tackle prospect E.J. Ane. The Yerno, Calif. (two hours outside of L.A.) product had been speaking with the WSU coaches for quite some time and then got a package from WSU in late April.

As it turns out, once he opened that package, his first offer arrived from WSU. But how?

“It was crazy,” Ane told CF.C on Wednesday.” They had sent it (package) over and I hadn’t spoke with the coaches in a little while. My mom opened some of the letters with me and on one of them, they congratulated me for my offer.”

Here’s where things get interesting, though. 

“I had no idea I had the offer from Washington State. Coach Wilson had been trying to reach me, but we hadn’t been able to connect. Then, I saw that I officially had the offer from them in the letters they sent. Then I spoke with Coach Wilson about it. It was life-changing for me. To be honest, I almost cried.”

The offer indeed was scholie No. 1 for the 6-1 1/2, 250-pounder classified as a defensive tackle on No other schools have followed suit in extending a tender, but Ane said he’s receiving new interest from Arizona, UNLV, Utah State, Colorado State and a few others. 

WSU continues to actively recruit him, with Wilson leading the charge. 

“I spoke with him (Wednesday) actually,” Ane said. “He’s been telling me great things about the school and the team. I’ve spoken with Coach (Alex) Grinch as well, and he’s been telling me it’s a great environment.

“I’ve also got family that lives over there and they love it. An uncle of mine lives near the University of Idaho and I have other family members close by in Washington. They think I’d like it a lot.”

Ane has yet to visit the Palouse, but said he’ll be taking an unofficial visit to WSU on July 29. 

“I’m excited for this one,” he said. “It’s always exciting when you land your first offer. It’s something crazy. I’m really looking forward to getting out there.”

The WSU target added that he’s planning on making his decision at some point in January. 

Here are more recruiting notes for you: 

• WSU sent out some more offers out yesterday. This included sending out a tender to 3-star cornerback Chris Mitchell, out of California. The 6-0, 190-pounder also holds tenders from UConn, San Diego State, Colorado State and a few others.

• In Arizona, 3-star cornerback Dominique Hampton also landed a crimson tender. Hampton holds local offers from Arizona and ASU, while Oregon State and now the Cougs have also offered out of the Pac-12.

• Up front, defensive end Zion Tupuola-Fetui, out of Hawaii, announced an offer from the Cougs earlier this week. Cal, Oregon, Oregon State and UW have also offered out of the Pac-12. 

• Over on offense, wide receiver Demajay Williams announced his first Pac-12 offer from WSU. The 6-0, 185-pounder also holds a scholie from Idaho. 

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