Recruiting jumpstart: Cougs offer area hoss

WASHINGTON STATE, LOOKING to load up on offensive linemen in its next recruiting class, is wasting no time in its quest for quality hosses. Just 24 hours after the '06 Signing Day had drawn to a close, WSU became the first school to offer a scholarship to Carson York out of Coeur d'Alene. The 6-5, 270-pound senior-to-be and his father were in Pullman on an unofficial visit this past weekend. The youngster, who also shines in the classroom, says the Cougars are his frontrunner.

York is a testament to the power of moving pictures. The All-North Idaho pick said Washington State had certainly done its homework, dissecting his film and speaking at length to his prep coaches. And there's a whole lot WSU liked about the Lake City High lineman, enough to extend an offer before the virtual ink had dried on the 2006 LOIs.

"They said they liked my size, my aggressiveness on the field and that I like to play smack 'em in the mouth football," said York.

Washington State also complimented him on his form, quickness off the ball, the way he finishes his blocks and that he's a cerebral player -- York carries a 3.9 GPA in the classroom. Plus the junior carries his weight well, with an ideal frame for adding more bulk over his college years.

"I'm 6-5, 270, and they said they were amazed I weighed that much," said York.

BUT WHAT REALLY SOLD Washington State and line coach George Yarno was the fourth play on York's highlight tape. Lake City's quarterback throws an errant pass picked off at the goal line. As the defender comes racing upfield, York makes a beeline for the sideline and simply decaffeinates him.

"Coach Yarno said after seeing that play, he knew from then on that he wanted to offer me," said York. ( should receive, and have available for subscribers, York's tape shortly.)

YORK MENTIONED HE was tempted to verbally commit on the Pullman visit but given that it's "only February", it was just too early to make the call.

"I really liked my visit, it was a lot of fun," said York, who listed the WSU weight room and meeting strength coach Rob Oviatt among many highlights. "I felt good with the coaching staff. It really reassured me about everything at Washington State."

On the informal visit, York was first greeted by Robin Pflugrad and then chatted with Bill Doba.

"I really liked coach Doba, he seems a really great guy that will take care of you and has your best interests at heart," said York. "That was one of the things I was really looking for in a college coach."

York also had high praise for Yarno.

"He seemed like a coach who really, really knew what he was doing," said York. "He knows how to produce good offensive linemen. He also seems like a guy who will take care of his offensive linemen, too. I felt like I really connected with him and got along pretty good."

WASHINGTON STATE LEADS with Oregon also checking in at high interest. Oregon State, Washington, Cal, USC and Boise State all hold varying shades of allure for the Idahoan, with York saying he'd prefer to stay close to home.

"Washington State is definitely my No. 1 school right now," said York. "Behind them, maybe Oregon, other schools like Oregon State. I'd like to stay in the Pacific Northwest, stick closer to home."

York said his spring and combine plans remain to be finalized. While in Pullman over the weekend, he took in the Cougs' 77-64 win over No. 16 Washington.

"It really let me know where my allegiances lie," said York. "I was definitely cheering for Washington State."

York's offensive line coach at Lake City is Henry Hamill, father of Cougar linebacker Alex Hamill.

Say this for Pflugrad, he's working hard right up until the end. The outgoing Cougar recruiting coordinator, who begins Thursday at Oregon as the Duck WR coach, talked to York's prep coaches at Lake City the day after LOI Day -- on Feb. 2 -- to tell them WSU was offering the junior. This weekend, Pflugrad was also the first one to greet York and his father upon their arrival, talking to the lineman about while he was leaving to be close to his parents in Oregon, that Washington State would be an ideal place for York.

Carson York profile

Cougfan Top Stories