WSU recruiting roundup 11/24

FORGET THE Apple Cup. WSU has a ton of reasons to smile -– and not just because they're poised to become the first Pac-10 team in 70 years to win 10 games in three seasons in row. Nope. The recruiting wars are why every Cougar should be grinnin'. WSU just landed a verbal commitment from a coveted California LB, and the top OL prospect in Washington afffirms that he's dropping the Dawgs and focusing on WSU and others. Moreover, one of the top corners in the West says he too likes the Cougs.

The California linebacker is Jed Collins of Mission Viejo, a three-star head-cracker rated among the top 100 prep prospects in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana and Hawaii.

"I decided on Washington State," Collins told Sunday. "Thursday night I talked quite a while with my parents and I just knew it was the place for me. So I called Coach (George) Yarno and he was very happy and welcomed me.

"When I took my trip it just felt like home. I enjoyed Pullman and how receptive the people were there. It's a football town. And the coaches were upfront and really classy guys. The players got along really well."

Jed will get a shot at linebacker first, but may move to defensive end or another position, depending on what works out. And based on my observations on Jed during the USC Nike camp, the Cougars will be getting a tough, hard-nosed kid who has been groomed to play middle linebacker. He's been very well-coached and loves to compete.

Collins' commit brings Washington State's season total to 15, the most publicly known verbal commitments in the Pac-10 so far. In terms of overall talent, I would say the class is currently running No. 3 in the conference USC and UCLA. For the Cougars to be winning the battle outside of Los Angeles in the Pac-10 is impressive and I expect their success to continue.

The Cougars are most definitely in the sweepstakes for big Aaron Klovas. He attended WSU's Apple Cup meltdown, but says his interest in Ol' Wazzu has not waned. In fact, it may have even grown a little bit, as Klovas has now dropped the Huskies completely from his list.

"It's kind of that time of the year where I had to sit down and figure out where I want to go to school and something just wasn't appealing to me," he said about the hometown Huskies. "They totally understood. I want to go where I feel best. I didn't want to be too close to home, things like that."

For the 6-6, 300-pound Klovas, that means things are looking better and better for the Cougars, as well as the Oregon Ducks. But don't count out UCLA and Oklahoma, who are pushing hard for an official visit. With two trips already under his belt and four schools vying for one of the last three trips he can take, Washington State might lose out in getting Aaron out to Pullman officially.

But he's already been unofficially to WSU and was able to take in a game-day experience (the win over Oregon State), so the repercussions may be minimal. Time will tell with Aaron.

Speaking of Bethel High, there's another great athlete from the high school in Spanaway that WSU fans need to keep in mind -- Caesar Rayford. The 6-7, 225-pound Rayford is a TE/DE that has already been offered by UW and will be taking an official visit to both UW and UCLA.

Washington State hasn't pulled the trigger on an offer yet, but they are talking to Caesar and he's definitely listening. A package deal with Klovas and Rayford? It's not out of the question.

Another top recruit to think about is De La Salle's Willie Glasper. Clearly he's been paying attention to the Crimson and Gray and is looking to possibly take a visit to Pullman if offered. With visits already set to Oregon, California and Washington, Glasper would entertain visits to Pullman, as well as Los Angeles (to USC), if the interest is there on the other end. Willie is arguably the top cover corner on the west coast and would make a nice compliment to verbal commit Bernard Hicks.

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