Four-star hoss dials up the Cougs

MATT SUMMERS-GAVIN out of San Francisco is one of the West's top rated o-line prospects in the 2007 class. With early offers well into the double digits, the 6-4.5, 280 pound senior-to-be placed a phone call to the WSU staff earlier this summer to let them know he was interested in the Cougs. An unofficial trip out to the Palouse could also happen sometime before summer comes to an end.

Although he lives in Cardinal and Bear country, Summers-Gavin is more familiar with Washington State than the average senior-to-be from San Fran. He reached out to the Cougs and coach Mike Walker not long ago.

"I let them know I was interested in them and they were real excited," said Summers-Gavin. "A good friend of mine, his brother and his whole family are huge Washington State fans, so I know about them."

NOTE: There was an apparent misunderstanding in the initial interview whether Washington State and Washington had offered. Summers-Gavin said Tuesday both WSU and UW have indeed offered.

"I actually have two full ride offers from both those schools. I'm waiting on USC and UCLA," said Gavin-Summers.

"From the way (Walker) was talking and telling me about the opportunities I would have there, pretty exciting," said Summers-Gavin. "Because I'm still open, I'm still narrowing it down.

CHANCES ARE ANY further unofficials this summer for Summers-Gavin would be to local schools in the Golden State. But he said he and his dad might also try to travel to Pullman sometime in August.

"I might go north and check out Washington and Washington State but I'm not sure at this point," said Summers-Gavin.

SUMMERS-GAVIN SPENT the past weekend at Oregon and Oregon State's Preview Days, complete with personal meetings with both head coaches. But Oregon might have rolled out a bigger red carpet. One member of Oregon's coaching staff went to the same high school, St. Ignatius College Prep, and others are from around the Bay Area.

"They were both very nice campuses, all the coaches treated me well," he said. "It was a real good experience at both of them. The Oregon one I think I liked a little more...I got my own personal tour at Oregon where everyone else there went in a group, so they were really making (an effort.)"

POST-WEEKEND VISITS, Summers-Gavin said his leaders are Cal and Oregon. He was also resolute concerning two areas of the recruiting process that he wanted to make known: He isn't close to being ready to make a verbal commitment, and his leaders are subject to change.

"My two current leaders are Cal and Oregon -- for now," he said. "I'm going to take my visits, and I'm open. I'm saying this: Just because Cal and Oregon are my two leaders, that doesn't mean that's set in stone. I'm going to be narrowing it down at the end of August. That's when I'll know the 5-to-maybe-8 (finalists), take my five official visits and then go from there."

  • Notre Dame is among those showing recent interest. Summers-Gavin had a 30 minute phone conversation with Irish offensive line coach John Latina Sunday evening.

  • There are over five minutes of video highlights of Summers-Gavin on his profile page.

    Matt Summers-Gavin profile and video

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