ROUNDUP: Early WSU offers climbing fast

BY THE TIME the May Evaluation Period wraps up, each WSU coach will have visited 90-100 schools plus various combines during their four weeks out on the road. Miles of tape footage are reviewed, scores of questions posed to prep coaches and for a number of worthy candidates, an early Cougar offer is tendered. The CF.C recruiting roundup runs down seven of the newly offered by Washington State.

Among those receiving a scholie from the Cougar coaching staff, an offensive lineman who should have his photo up on the signage of the local I-Hop -- Hayworth Hicks.

The media, fans, everyone -- they all love statistics. Ironic then that o-linemen, arguably the most important factor to an offense's success, have no official stats to measure performance. Unofficially, however, there is the pancake block -- so named for the ability to flip would-be tacklers flat on their wallet.

Hicks (6-4, 324) racked up 73 such blocks last season as a junior. Palmdale High's d-coordinator said before the season if the unit got to 150, the unit would all head to I-Hop and do a little feasting. With Hayworth handling about half the load just on his own, Palmdale's line reached the 200 mark and breakfast was served.

Hayworth told CF.C he's up to nine offers including the one from Washington State. But he also said the most important item for him to focus on these days is his schoolwork because if he doesn't take care of business in the classroom, everything else goes for naught.

FIRST TO OFFER Colorado receiver Daniel Blackledge this year was Washington State.

Cougar defensive coordinator Robb Akey has known Palmdale head man Rod Baker since high school, and Baker also ran into Bill Doba at a coaches clinic earlier this year. After the WSU coaching staff viewed Blackledge's tape earlier this spring and seeing how well the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Blackledge ran after the catch, Blackledge had a crimson scholie in his back pocket.

"He's really explosive, quick, he cuts well," said Baker. "He's a little shifty -- he's a threat deep but also on short balls. We run him out of the backfield some, and he's a good return guy. He's a very determined competitor."

Colorado State offered last week.

Also an outstanding student, Blackledge hauled in 51 receptions for 876 yards and eight TDs. As a situational running back, he racked up 685 yards and 10 TDs. He also has the attribute Cougar coaches prize -- character.

"He's just a great young man," said Baker. "He's a fine leader, he'll be a captain for us and we expect a big season from him."

ANOTHER COLORADO WIDEOUT who recently picked up a Cougar offer -- Denver's Drew Davis. A school with a good Criminology program will be a key factor for the 4.0 student out of Montbello High who has fast become one of the more sought players in the state.

As a junior, Davis pulled in 45 catches for 988 yards and 16 touchdowns, earning first team all-state and all-conference honors. He told he does not have a Top 5, and hopes to make a verbal commitment sometime in November. His seven offers include four schools from the Pac-10: WSU, Washington, Arizona and Arizona State.

THE COUGARS HAVE offered California RB/DB Nicholas Grigsby. In the 2005 class, Washington State signed another running back out of St. Paul High in tiny Santa Fe Spring, Calif., one who put together a solid showing this spring for the Cougs -- Dwight Tardy.

An all league selection in 2005, the 5-11.5, 178-pound Grigsby holds offers from Washington State, Washington, Oregon State, Oregon and Kentucky. He projects at either running back or cornerback at the college level.

ALSO NEWLY OFFERED BY Washington State is TE Devin Mahina. The Upland, Calif., standout will be taking a Mormon mission when he turns 19. In addition to the Cougs, the 6-6.5, 225-pounder holds offers from BYU, Colorado and Arizona. UCLA is also showing interest with Mahina saying the Bruins are "hesitant right now" with his pending mission but that they plan on talking it through in the near future and then deciding if they'll offer.

"I know Washington State and Arizona want me at tight end," said Mahina. "Washington State was kind of out of the blue. They came to my school and my coach said they offered me."

Linebacker Robert Mullins and CB/WR Dwayne Frampton out of Dorsey High in Los Angeles have each received an offer from the Cougs. The hard nosed Mullins (6-2, 205) set the all-time record at storied Dorsey with 165 tackles last season as a junior. The elusive Frampton (5-10, 162) plays corner, receiver, running back and return kicks for the Dons. For the complete story on the duo, head to: RECRUITING '07: Cougs offer pair of Dons.

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