Cougs' early football offers climbing

THE PRACTICE OF extending the early scholarship offer in college football is more art than science. Nonetheless, offering top prospects, and doing so before their senior season, has been the standard since the early 90s courtesy of Joe Paterno. So it's probably no surprise that 22 days after Signing Day 2006, Washington State already has a number of known offers on the table for the class of 2007.

The number will likely move over the course of the year but at this early stage, CF.C is projecting Washington State to sign 20 athletes in its next crop of recruits a year from now.

Only the most elite of prospects hold an offer at this point from WSU. And it in no way means another prospect won't become just as coveted later this spring or on into his senior season. Just ask the WSU coaching staff what it thinks of Toby Turpin, Kevin Kooyman and a few others who received their Cougar offer after their senior season had begun.

But as to the few who've displayed such lofty promise prior to their final prep campaign, here are some of the nuggets who've already got their crimson offer in hand:

OL Carson York (6-5,270, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
He displayed polish and good form his junior year, earning All-Inland Empire League and All-North Idaho honors. Quick off the snap, York finishes his blocks well and has an ideal frame for adding more bulk over his college career.

QB Jake Gelakoska (6-4, 215, Mill Creek, WA)
Makes plays with his arm (strong) and his legs (fast), clocking a 4.52 in the 40 last year on grass. A first-team All-WesCo pick after firing for 1,938 yards, 17 TDs and 6 INTs, Broadway Jake completed 49 percent of his passes, hitting on 136 of 275 attempts. He also rushed for 360 yards and 7 TDs in '05. He averaged 229.8 yards of total offense a game.

QB Jason Munns (6-5.5, 235, Kennewick, WA)
He completed 62 percent of his passes as a junior, throwing for 2,178 yards and 32 TDs en route to Big Nine Co-Player of the Year honors. Veteran Spokesman-Review sportswriter Vince Grippi calls him a right-handed Matt Leinart. Munns figures to be one of the West Coast's most hotly pursued prep football prospects.

TE/LB Chris Izbicki (6-4, 240, Kirkland, WA)
As a tight end, caught 23 passes in 2005 en route to first-team All-KingCo 4A honors. Also plays linebacker. Great size and agility, figures to be one of the state's top D-I prospects in the 2007 signing class.

CB Courtney Viney (5-8,170, Fresno, CA)
Speed, excellent hips and instincts galore. He was the top West Coast defensive back at the Jr Combine, according to the analysts in attendance.

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