Oregon QB among those on crimson radar

THE COUGARS ALREADY have landed this recruiting cycle an agile, strong armed QB transfer in Kevin Lopina who has three years of eligibility starting in 2007. But they may still opt to take a prep quarterback this class. An Oregon gunslinger in Pullman during WSU's summer youth camp is among the prospects -- all six foot five of him. Plus, a look at some of the other prep QBs in the Cougar orbit.

With Denver's Clint Brewster off the boards after having verballed to Illinois, the Cougs will be looking elsewhere if they take a prep QB this class. Coach's son Cory Bean is out of Hillsboro High in the Beaver state. He spent some time while in Pullman with quarterbacks coach Timm Rosenbach throwing the pigskin around, and he also had an extended visit with Bill Doba.

"He was a great guy to talk to," said Bean. "Me and my dad talked to him for about an hour probably, it was a lot of fun."

Before leaving for his team camp, Bean and the Cougar staff talked about the coming recruiting year.

"They said some good, positive stuff," said Bean. "They had offered a guy from Colorado (Denver's Clint Brewster, who subsequently verballed with Illinois) and were waiting to see what he was going to do, I think he was coming in a couple days after me. They said they were going to do the recruiting thing with me, watch me during my season and see how I do."

Bean said he and his dad plan to stay in touch with offensive coordinator Mike Levenseller through text messaging and phone calls.

"He's an easy guy to talk to," said Bean. "All the guys at Washington State were great and really welcomed me. I really liked it there, we'll see how things go."

Bean got a chance to look around the campus and town and prior to his WSU visit spent some time at Idaho. The Vandals told him they would be recruiting him this year and wanted him to send out some senior tape after his first couple games. Bean said both trips held nothing but positives.

"They both went really, really well," he said.

Bean's attended various camps and combines this offseason, including Boise State's camp where he has family in the area, and he'll be at Portland State later this month. After that, it's down to business preparing for his senior season.

"He understands more than just the strategy, he's got a great feel for the game," says coach and father Brian Bean. "We do a lot of audible-izing with him. He sees the field well. And he's got a great arm."

  • Other QBs in the Cougar orbit not quite halfway into the recruiting year include Andrew Ruiz, (6-1, 180) from Imperial, Calif., Connor Kavanaugh a 6-1, 181-pounder from Lincoln High in Portland; Jermain Delgardo (6-5, 215) from Seattle's Rainier Beach High. Tom Farinacci (6-2, 185) out of Beaverton, Ore., sent his tape out to WSU just recently. Dan Klein (6-3, 190) from Anaheim, Calif., has said he'll forego a football career to play baseball for UCLA but is leaving the door slightly ajar. Kellen Kiilsgaard (6-2, 210) is listed as a quarterback by Scout.com but Washington State has offered the Auburn product as a wide receiver.

  • The stable of quarterbacks at WSU includes junior Alex Brink, sophomore Gary Rogers, freshmen Kevin Lopina, Arkelon Hall, Cole Morgan and JC walk-on transfer Garrett Congdon.

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