Arkelon Hall with recruiting audible to Ryan Tolar

<b>ONE OF THE top offensive line prospects, and top recruits overall, from the state of Washington for 2006 is Ryan Tolar. The Pasco bulldozer was at WSU on Saturday for the Cougars' junior day and spent time strengthening bonds with one of the coaches -- and also one of the incoming Washington State headliners from the class of 2005.

Playing on the same team at the Cougars summer camp last year, Arkelon Hall definitely took notice of Tolar. An early verbal commit to Washington State in May of last year, Hall proved to be a fantastic ambassador for the Cougs over the remainder of that recruiting year. But that role didn't come to an end with Signing Day this past February.

Flash forward to this past weekend. The incoming WSU quarterback made it a point to spend some quality time with the 6-6, 320-pounder.

"I got a chance to talk with Arkelon Hall," said Tolar. "That was real cool. I actually knew him from before...so I already knew him a little bit but he came up and talked to me about everything. And then I also hung out and got to meet a bunch of the players. It was real fun."

VISITING WITH HALL, taking in the scrimmage and talking face to face with offensive line coach George Yarno were some of the highlights of the weekend for Tolar.

"He's a real nice guy," said Tolar of the 11-year NFL veteran. "He really made the point that he's the type of guys to always have his door open for his players, if his players ever need anything they can always count on him."

One thing it doesn't take too long to notice about Yarno -- the fire within. That struck a chord with Tolar.

"He's really competitive -- that's the one thing that really impressed me about him," said Tolar, who was at the WSU spring game for the second straight year. "In just the practices, he's really competitive with everything."

A VERBAL COMMITMENT to any school before the end of Tolar's senior campaign at Pasco seems unlikely, with the hoss --as he has from Day One -- saying he fully plans on taking all five visits and thoroughly considering the decision from all angles. Tolar does not have a leader nor any frontrunners, and it could be some time before he does.

"I'm just really taking my time with everything," said Tolar, who is known as a consummate team player. "I'm working on my senior season before everything else."

Tolar, like Yarno, is also very competitive. And while every high school player would like to come in and play early, he's also sharp enough to see the potential value in an offensive lineman's redshirt year over the course of his college career.

"It'd be real nice to be able to come in and play," he said. "And no matter what, I'm going to go in and compete for it. But if I were to redshirt... its not going to be a deciding factor."

"Whatever team believes in me the most, believes the most that I can play for them, that will be a pretty big factor."

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Notes:
Tolar's teammate from Pasco, Bryant Whitby (6-6, 220, TE/DE) also was at WSU for the junior day, the pair spending some time with the boys down from Mead High in Spokane -- Skylar Jessen, Andy Mattingly and Paul Senescall.


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