Cougs tied at the top for California receiver

WASHINGTON STATE is flush with as deep a receiving corps as they've had in some time. But of the top nine wideouts listed on the depth chart, five are seniors or juniors. One of the grab masters the Cougs are targeting this recruiting class is Stephen Carr out of Chula Vista, Calif., near San Diego. The 6-3, 215-pounder holds an offer from the Cougs and has three schools tied at the top.

Washington State, Stanford and Cal lead for Carr. Others showing interest include Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Southern Cal. WSU is the lone school to have offered, but Carr has taken "a couple" unofficial visits to Stanford this summer and the mutual interest appears strong.

"I've talked with all their coaches," said Carr. "I really like Stanford a lot."

He also likes coach George Yarno and is intrigued with Washington State and the way they run the Cougar offense.

"Oh, he's really cool -- I liked what he was talking about," said Carr.

Carr hasn't set up any of his official visits yet, but said Pullman will be one of his destinations later this fall.

"I'm planning on taking a visit up there, probably sometime during the season," he said.

AN HONOR ROLL STUDENT, Carr scored a 1740 on the SAT and projects as a full qualifier. He hasn't decided on a field of study but academics will certainly be important to his decision, as will the environment.

"I want to go to a school that's diverse, and has a lot of culture," said Carr.

Schools are recruiting Carr as a wide receiver but he's a versatile athlete, having played a variety of positions on offense and defense for Eastlake. He has a frame conducive to packing on muscle and mass if he were to end up a tight end at the next level. He's also a star hoopster, having been named player of the year in his league as a junior.

On the gridiron this past season, Carr had 38 receptions for 795 yards with six TDs. He also rushed for two more. He racked up 98 tackles on defense, picked off four passes and had nine tackles for loss.

This season he'll be playing mostly out of the slot on offense, although its a pretty good bet he'll be used in a variety of ways, and he'll line up at strong safety on defense for defense.

In their 2006 class, Washington State has already received a verbal commit at the receiver spot in Bellevue's Keith Rosenberg. Among the known WSU offers to other wideouts: Carr, Terrence Austin, Travon Patterson and Anthony Houston.

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