RECRUITING ROUNDUP: Crimson road tracks

RECRUITING SEASON'S May evaluation period is in full swing, and the Cougars are wasting no time. On Tuesday, two prospects from Bakersfield (Calif.) High received scholarship offers from WSU: Justin Cheadle, one of the top offensive linemen in California, and teammate Phillip Thomas, a 6-1, 180-pound defensive back. And that's just the start of a wide-ranging roundup of recruiting information on tap today.

Cougar secondary coach Kenny Greene recruits from Sacramento to Bakersfield.

Besides Washington State, Justin Cheadle also holds offers from Arizona, Colorado and Fresno State. He is a lineman with 4.95 speed in the 40 who can easily add weight to his 6-5, 240-pound frame during his college career.

Cheadle is considered by Scout to be one of the elite offensive line prospects in the state, and the top offensive lineman in central California.

He mans the offensive tackle at Bakersfield but has the athleticism to move to guard, or he might even play defensive end at the next level. Cheadle was named an All-Area first team selection by the Bakersfield Californian as a junior. He is also a star in the classroom, with a 3.8 core GPA.

Phillip Thomas rushed for nearly 1,000 yards for Bakersfield as a junior but appears more likely suited for cornerback at the next level.

THERE ARE FOUR on offense at Merced High who have D-I potential., receiver Carter Todd, offensive lineman Michael Chambers, quarterback Logan Todd, running back Garrett Turner. Two of the four, Carter Todd and Michael Chambers, are seeing early interest from the Cougs.

Carter and Logan are fraternal twins, with high on Carter as one of the top receiver prospects in the state -- but he has yet to receive an offer.

An offensive lineman hoping to turn someone's head when they come by to take a look at the trio of skill players, Chambers has drawn some interest from WSU and others.

He has yet to receive his first offer, with Cal and Fresno State recruiting the hardest. An all-state underclass selection as a junior, Carter Todd had 71 catches for 1,068 yards and 6 touchdowns for the Merced. Academically, he holds a 3.4 GPA and scored 1670 on the SAT.

THE COUGS ALSO received an unofficial visit from another Californian, Palmdale defensive tackle Cory Yriarte last weekend.

"We got individual meetings with Coach (Bill) Doba, OL Coach Yarno and DL and area recruiting Coach Walker," Yriarte told "We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, but probably wouldn't want to make that drive too often."

Yriarte flew out of Palmdale, about an hour outside of L.A., into Seattle to visit the UW. Then he and his father drove all the way across the state to Pullman. Yriarte, who has not been offered by the Cougs, visited Washington State, Washington, Colorado and Cal on the three-state trip.

"They said they liked my film and want me to go to some camps to see how I matchup," Yriarte said of the four school's staffs.

NOTE: The May Evaluation Period runs from mid-April to the end of May, with a school allowed four weeks out of the six, excluding Memorial Day and Sundays, to evaluate prep football prospects. Click on this link for the CF.C's April piece on the start of the first evaluation period of the recruiting year.

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