RECRUITING: Scandrick wide open

ORLANDO SCANDRICK seemed a fairly certain bet to become a Coug given his feelings immediately after his official visit to Pullman. But, as so often happens in recruiting, things change.

Orlando Scandrick won't be part of the Washington State class of 2005.

Sometimes a player waits too long to commit, and eventually a school comes to a point they need to move on and fill out their class. This looks to have been the case with Scandrick and Washington State.

"I talked to them today and I'm kind of starting over again," Scandrick told on Monday evening. "But that's okay. Just let everyone know I'm wide open."

It seemed very likely following his Apple Cup visit the 6-0, 170-pound wide receiver was going to verbally commit when the WSU coaches came to visit on an in-home. But he chose not to give an oral commitment and to keep his options open.

A few weeks passed, and the Los Alamitos, Calif., product then said he wanted to get out of the habit of naming a leader -- there were now two other schools at the top along with Washington State -- Oregon and Boise State.

The Cougs had another in-home with Scandrick and he gave WSU a "soft verbal", saying he wanted to take an official trip to check out Oregon on Jan 7.

Ironically, Scandrick said Oregon probably isn't an option for him any longer either and is no longer planning a trip to Eugene.

On the year for Los Al, Scandrick caught 50 passes for 823 yards with 9 TDs. He also carried the ball for 183 yards on 24 carries, scoring twice.

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