QB recruiting to shift into new gear?

WASHINGTON STATE'S QUEST for a first-rate quarterback (or two) in its next recruiting class figures to move into another gear in the coming weeks with news that two of the three known prep signal callers the Cougs had extended early scholarship offers to are headed elsewhere. One of them is eschewing football for college baseball and the other is opting to stay close to his religious roots.

The third known verbal, meanwhile, sounds like his sights might be set outside the Palouse.

On Sunday, Scout.com's BYU affiliate reported that touted Kennewick quarterback Jason Munns, who is Mormon, verbally committed to Brigham Young earlier in the day. In addition to Washington State, his early leader, the Southridge High standout had offers from Arizona State and Utah.

"I'm very excited to have the chance to play for a great program and help return that program to where it once was and where it should be," Munns told TotalBlueSports.com.

Writes Brandon Gurney of TotalBlueSports, "Munns did not have BYU on or even near the top of the list when the recruiting process started in earnest this spring. However, after learning more about the program and what BYU had to offer, Munns' interest sky-rocketed."

Munns' announcement came just days after Anaheim, Calif., QB Dan Klein (Servite High) announced that he'll pass up college football and focus on baseball. He means it, too. He has already committed verbally to hit the diamond for UCLA and is calling college football recruiters to tell them no need to waste their time on him. He had football offers from WSU, Cal, Utah and UNLV.

Meanwhile, the third known prep QB to earn an early from the Cougars, Clint Brewster of Denver's Mullen High, told Scout.com this weekend that he's planning to visit four schools this summer: Alabama, Arizona, South Carolina and Washington. If time permits, he said, he may check out WSU, San Diego State and Southern Mississippi.

The Cougars have offered two other preps quarterbacks, Kellen Kiilsgaard of Auburn and Eric Block of Bellevue, but each has said WSU is projecting them as defensive backs.

All of which points to WSU extending more quarterback scholie offers sooner rather than later.

With two second-year freshmen in the program in Arkelon Hall and Cole Morgan, the Cougars opted not to take a signal caller in the incoming recruiting class. That means the position is one of their top priorities for the class of 2007.

Among those whom the Cougars are reported to be looking at closely are Bryson Beirne ( 6-3, 210) of Honolulu's Mid Pacific Institute; Andrew Ruiz, (6-1, 180) from Imperial, Calif., and Jake Gelakoska, (6-4, 215) of Jackson High north of Seattle.

Beirne tells Scout.com he's planning to camp at WSU later this month. So is Connor Kavanaugh a 6-1, 181-pounder from Lincoln High in Portland.

Among other area products who could get into the mix are Cory Bean (6-5, 220) from Hillsboro, Oregon; Jermain Delgardo (6-5, 215) from Seattle's Rainier Beach High; and J.T. Levenseller (6-1, 175), leader of the defending Class 2A state champion Pullman Greyhounds and son of WSU recruiting coordinator Mike Levenseller.

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