RECRUITING '07: Cougs offer another QB

IN IT'S QUEST to land a top-notch quarterback after passing on the position this last Signing Day, Washington State recently offered a scholarship to another touted West Coast signal caller, dual-threat Aaron Corp of Orange, Calif. He is the third-known prep QB to receive an offer from the Cougars this year.

He joins Jason Munns of Kennewick and Chris Forcier of San Diego on the list of quarterbacks the Cougars are wooing. And another local prospect, Jake Gelakoska of Mill Creek, Wash., believes WSU could be leaning towards offering.

"I got a letter at the school and opened it up thinking it was a regular recruiting letter but inside was a scholarship offer," said Corp. "They've had some good teams in the past but I really don't know much about them."

Schools cannot directly initiate contact with a recruit until the May evaluation period, but recruits can call a school at any time. What will normally happen is a recruiting coach will ask the prep coach to have the prospect call, or send a text message to the recruit, which is permissible, asking him to phone in.

CORP MAY END up making a decision sooner rather than later, although things could change depending on what happens between now and August.

"I would say sometime before the season," said Corp. "I'm not looking to drag it all the way out."

USC and Notre Dame are also in the mix, with Corp planning on attending the Trojans' junior day.

HIS JUNIOR SEASON, Corp threw for 1836 yards and 20 TDs including the playoffs, running for 628 yards and and another eight scores. Corp was named the Empire league MVP and also earned second team all-state under-class honors.

"He's a very, very bright young man," said Orange Lutheran coach Jim Kunau. "Although he speaks softly, he's a very physical competitor. He has a commanding presence among his teammates, but in a quiet way. They respect him because he's one of the...hardest workers on the team."

What also makes Corp one of the top QB prospects out West is that he's a dual threat -- picture 4.6 speed combined with the ability to toss it about 65 yards or so.

"He can run and throw equally well," said Kunau. "He's a threat to break off long runs, and he's a threat to break off long plays in the passing game. In some of our bigger wins last year (9-2) he had long touchdown runs in each of the games that ended up being the difference."

IT'S EARLY AND Corp said things can change, but three schools have a slight lead above the rest -- UCLA, Cal and Arizona. Corp also said he's probably had the most overall contact, going back a couple years, with the close-by Bruins.

"With UCLA, the campus and I really like coach (Karl) Dorrell," he said. "With Cal, it's Jeff Tedford and they just got the offensive coordinator from Northwestern and their system really fits my strengths -- the spread offense with a little bit of option. Arizona is an up and coming program. I talked to their quarterbacks coach and he seems like a really good guy and good coach."

CORP SAID DISTANCE won't be much of an influence on his decision, with familiarity the main thing he's focusing on now.

"It'll basically come down to how i feel -- the coaches, how comfortable I feel with them," said Corp.

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