RECRUITING: Junior Day rewind & Road Warriors

IF YOU THINK THE HEAVY lifting in football recruiting starts in the fall, consider these two spring-time facts. First, over a four week period, each -- yes, each -- member of the Cougar coaching staff will be visiting upwards of 100 high schools. And second, during the Crimson & Gray game last Saturday the Cougars hosted some 60 to 80 prepsters as part of Junior Day.

It went largely unnoticed amidst an offensive aerial attack and stingy run defense, but the final WSU spring scrimmage also featured dozens of high school ballplayers watching from the sidelines. One participant estimated at least 60 fellow visitors.

Meanwhile, the NCAA's "May Evaluation period" is now in full swing and if you ever wondered what a Cougar coach's workload is like during the offseason, you'll want to read on.

In the four-week period in which college coaches are allowed to visit high schools and attend combines during the evaluation period, every Cougar coach will be making four or five stops a day, excluding Memorial Day and Sundays which are deemed off limits.

"Each coach on our staff will visit between 90-100 schools during the next four weeks as well as various combines located in our recruiting areas," said recruiting coordinator Greg Peterson.

It's the offseason, but that doesn't mean coaches aren't still racking up the hours, not to mention the miles.

"Spring recruiting is very important for our program as we need to do a good job evaluating talent for this next years recruiting class," said Peterson. "Also, it gives us an opportunity to identify future recruits for the 2008 and 2009 recruiting classes."

AMONG THE JUNIOR DAY visitors out on the Palouse were two who already hold scholarship offers from WSU: lineman Carson York of Coeur d' Alene and Bellevue safety Eric Block.

The Idaho lineman's first offer this recruiting season came from Washington State, 24 hours after the '06 Signing Day had drawn to a close a couple months back. York holds six offers, with Colorado and Northwestern also appearing on the verge.

York has said he planned on taking all his visits, but his travel schedule this offseason has also opened the possibility he might pull the trigger sometime later this summer. York has been to WSU three times already, both Oregon schools twice, as well as Stanford and Washington.

"I got to meet with the players and coaches again," said York of his latest trip to Pullman. "I liked it, it was fun...There was maybe 60-80 (recruits) there. There was a lot there, (the recruits) filled up the top of the stands."

York also had very good things to say about OSU following his visit last weekend.

"Every day it gets a little more confusing," said York. "Every trip I go on, it becomes a lot more confusing."

York holds seven offers; Washington State, Oregon State, Stanford, Oregon, Washington, ASU and Idaho.

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