Cougs have message for in-state receiver

ONE OF THE most visible, and successful, recruiting tools out there is the text message. Because the NCAA does not limit texts at any time during the recruiting calendar, as they do placing phone calls and face to face contacts, using the technology to keep in regular contact and foster a relationship is key. Washington State is making full use of text messaging in their recruitment of Auburn's Kellen Kiilsgaard.

Offensive coordinator Mike Levenseller, who has already developed a solid relationship with Kiilsgaard, is running point for WSU.

"It's pretty regular with Washington State, with the text messaging, " says Kiilsgaard.

But recruiting coordinator Greg Petersen, a big proponent of technology, is also a firm believer in "team recruiting -- that a prospect's point of contact goes beyond the coach assigned to the particular region. The position coach and coordinator are involved, as is head man Bill Doba. Kiilsgaard said he's he's hearing the most lately from the Cougs, Ducks and Cardinal.

"I haven't heard much from Washington in the last couple weeks but I'm definitely hearing from Washington State," said Kiilsgaard.

IN THE LAST few days, Kiilsgaard picked up a pair of full ride offers, from Oregon State and Stanford, increasing his total to five. Oregon and Idaho had previously offered scholarships.

Washington State sees the 6-2, 215-pounder as a receiver, while other schools recruiting him as a QB/ATH include Oregon and Idaho. Stanford offered as a defensive back and Oregon State has told Kiilsgaard he could play 4-5 positions for the Beavs.

Kiilsgaard also holds numerous baseball offers, including one from the Cougs. Whether Kiilsgaard plays both sports in college is up in the air, but he says football is the priority.

Kiilsgaard said he does not have a frontrunner, listing all the offering schools as tied. Ideally, he'd like to make a verbal commitment before his senior year begins.

Kellen Kiilsgaard

"I really like him -- met him a couple summers ago at a team camp at Washington State and he's just a real easy guy to talk to," says Kiilsgaard of Levenseller.

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