Cougs waste no time pursuing QBs

SAY THIS ABOUT Washington State's spring recruiting efforts: The Cougs aren't taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to quarterbacks. WSU has made four known scholarship offers to prep signal callers. All appear to be in the <b>Jason Gesser</b> mold -- not particularly big, but mobile, well armed and calm under fire.

The latest to join the list is Kyle Reed, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder from McClymonds High in Oakland.

He has a top seven right now -- with WSU in that group -- but says nearby Cal-Berkeley is his distinct leader.

"I'm a mobile quarterback that can run and throw. I'm also a precise decision maker. I need to work on becoming more of a student of the game," he told Chris Pool of TheInsiders.com.

He spent most of last season on the sidelines with a broken thumb, but as a sophomore threw for 1,100 yards and five touchdowns. He also had 450 rushing yards and scored four times on the ground.

The three other prep QBs the Cougars are known to have offered already are:

* 6-foot-3, 200-pound Joey Elliott of Evansville, Indiana. As a junior he completed close to 60 percent of his 398 passes for 2,689 yards and 28 TDs versus 10 inteceptions.

* 6-2, 204-pound Arkelon Hall of Fresno. He threw for 2,602 yards and 34 TDs last season. First-team all-league and all-section, and second-team all-state. Had a quarterback rating of 128 and completed 61 percent of his passes.

* 6-3, 200-pound Derek Shaw from Oceanside, Calif. Second-team all-league and all-county pick as a junior, throwing for 2,200 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 INTs. Said to have a strong arm, quick delivery and mobility in the pocket.


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