Sought OL wants to get to know Yarno, WSU

WITH THREE SENIORS among the WSU offensive line's 2-deeps, the Cougs are in the market for big bodies this recruiting season. One prospect with a crimson offer is Mitchell Schwartz. The Pacific Palisades, Calif., prospect has unusual athleticism for a big man, one of the keys Washington State and offensive line coach George Yarno look for up front.

Yarno has said he's even more apt to go with a smaller lineman as long as he has that athleticism, and mental toughness. With Schwartz, however, he has the total package, checking in at 6-foot-5.5 and 303 pounds. And that frame is conducive to adding on more muscle and mass.

Coach Kelly Skipper is running point on Schwartz for the Cougs.

"He seems like a great guy, one who knows what he's talking about," said Schwartz.

THE NEXT STEP for Schwartz and the Cougs will be for he and Yarno to get to know each other. Schwartz said he wants to take his visits and get to know the coaching staffs, the offensive line coach in particular, before making his decision.

Schwartz said he has no frontrunners. Besides the Cougs, Schwartz holds offers from Virginia, Tennessee, Michigan, Stanford and Oregon.

"Washington State is an up and coming team," said Schwartz. "They look to have a pretty good season this year."

Schwartz is most familiar with Oregon, where older brother Geoff is a lineman for the Ducks. He attended the USC lineman camp recently, performing well but came away without an Trojan offer.

THE MONTH OF August could be key in his recruitment. Schwarz said he wants to visit a few schools on unofficial visits, with Michigan likely one destination and the others to be determined.

After his SoCal combine performance in May, the offers started to flow. The only lineman to beat much sought defensive prospect Everson Griffen, Schwartz excelled throughout the one on ones. He ran a 5.28 in the 40 with a 4.85 in the shuttle, also recording a 25 inch vertical.

A smart player on the field and also in the classroom, Schwartz holds a 4.3 grade point average.

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