Big recruiting weekend on tap for Cougs

WASHINGTON STATE'S recruiting season kicks into overdrive this weekend with at least seven known prospects coming to town on official campus visits -- the first round of Pullman prospecting since before the Christmas break. With Signing Day just two weeks off, Bill Doba and staff look to button things up with the handful of scholies they have remaining.

Here's the rundown on each of the known prospects heading to Washington State this weekend:

Robert Schenck, DE/LB/RB
San Marcos, Calif., (6-2, 235)

A physical player with a boatload of speed. At 205 pounds as a junior, clocked a 10.6 in the 100 yard dash. Now at 235 pounds, "He's a legit 4.4 40 guy," says Mission Hills High coach Chris Hauser. Schenck gave a soft verbal commitment to Fresno State on his visit Jan. 4 but now says he's rethinking that pledge. 'Academics and then a coaching staff that's going to stay there is (important)," said Schenck. The prospect built like Zeus says Washington State, FSU, Arizona are now all even. Boston College has also offered but might be too far away. He played linebacker last season but could end up at defensive end, 'backer or even running back at the next level and WSU likes him at all three according to Hauser. On his senior season defensively, he racked up 79 tackles with 10 of them for loss and two quarterback sacks, plus three caused fumbles and three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns.

Mister Alexander, LB
Houston, Texas., (6-3, 201)

Tremendous hitter with a frame that can easily support another 25-30 pounds over the course of his college career. Some schools are recruiting him at safety but WSU sees him as an outside linebacker. Alexander played only three games his senior season, with shoulder and knee injuries that have since healed up 100 percent. In his abbreviated two seasons as a starter, Alexander used his 4.51 speed to rack up 137 tackles (65 solo).

Robert Williams, LB
Dallas, Texas., (6-3, 200)

Versatile athlete who could play outside linebacker, middle linebacker or defensive end. The Cougs see him as an outside 'backer. At Justin F Kimball High, played linebacker, defensive end and wide receiver (35 catches, 483 yards, 3TDs as a senior) in three varsity seasons. Academics and the opportunity to earn early playing time will be important for Williams in making his decision.

Derrell Hutsona, RB/ST
La Mesa, Calif., (5-10, 183)

Hutsona was a junior college All-American yardage machine at Grossmont College this season, a fast-twitch package of moves and speed. The lightning bolt clocked a 4.28 in the 40 at San Jose State last year at the Spartans' Pro Day but says he's slower these days. "I'm more like a 4.33 now," says Hutsona. Also a fine kick returner, Hutsona racked up 2,534 all-purpose yards -- with over 1,000 yards on returns alone -- on his way to claiming JC All-America Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors in '05.

Ansley Clevil, DE
Los Angeles, Calif., (6-3, 240)

Clevil, who runs a 40 yard dash in the 4.6 to 4.7 range, says Washington State leads headed into his visit. Clevil is a defensive end yet to scratch the surface. He became a highly sought commodity this recruiting cycle despite only having played the game of football for two seasons. On the strength of 41 solo tackles among his 55 sticks in the '05 regular season -- including nine sacks and a bevy of tackles for loss -- Clevil was named first team defensive end all-league his senior season.

Kevin Kooyman, DE/TE
Covington, Wash., (6-5.5, 215)

A rare athlete, Kooyman racked up 63 tackles including a league leading 16 tackles for loss, five sacks, three fumbles recovered, two forced fumbles, three pass break ups, a punt block and one defensive play returned for a touchdown his senior season. Offensively, Kooyman caught 21 passes on the year for run oriented Tahoma High. Kooyman bench presses 300 pounds, squats 500, and runs 40 yards in 4.6 seconds. Just as impressive in the classroom, he carries a 3.95 GPA and scored 1500 on the SAT. The defending Class 4A state wrestling champion at 215 pounds, Kooyman also runs high hurdles and anchors Tahoma High School's 400-meter relay in addition to competing in the shot and discus.

James Smith, S/CB
Colton, Calif., (6-2, 190)

Verbally committed to Washington State earlier this month but told CF.C at the time he wasn't ruling out additional trips. He became a soft verbal recently after telling he will visit Colorado on Jan 20 and then Hawaii on Jan 27 after this weekend's trip to Pullman. Smith tallied 47 takedowns on a team that featured had three players with over 100 tackles apiece. He also added two interceptions, a fumble recovery and an 11.4 yard average on punt returns. The leading receiver on offense for Colton, Smith racked up 1,083 receiving yards on 45 receptions and was third on the team in both scoring and in all-purpose yards with an average of 112 yards a Friday night.

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