Cougs' QB shopping includes harbor prospect

FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT official visit weekend, Washington State this past Saturday was entertaining an intriguing prep quarterback prospect. This time around, it was an accurate, but under the radar, signal caller from the Evergreen State. Quietly putting together a banner year for one of the state's top rated 4A teams, the QB, according to his prep coach, is a pure passer with an accurate arm.

The Year of the Quarterback, as some are calling the 2007 prep class, includes Marshall Lobbestael (6-3, 195, 4.7), who hails from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island in the Northwestern corner of the state. He climbed higher onto the WSU radar after a record setting performance against Meadowdale, where he went 18 of 22 and a school-record six touchdowns passes, an Oak Harbor mark previously held by his brother, John Lobbestael. Cougar QBs coach Timm Rosenbach is running the recruiting point for WSU.

"After the Meadowdale game, coach (Rosenbach) called me up and asked for some film, so I sent him some of the Meadowdale game," said Lobbestael. "After that, I sent him some more (tape), he called me a little bit more, and one thing led to another."

Namely, an official visit to the Palouse for the Cougars' 34-23 win over Oregon.

"I had an awesome time," said Lobbestael. "It was a great experience. I got to do a lot of the team stuff, like the walk-through. Gary Rogers was my host and I had a great time with him. I met all the coaches and got to be around them a little bit and see what they do."

Washington State leads for his services following the visit, said Lobbestael.

"Obviously, it's Wazzu," said Lobbestael. "I would be pretty excited about going there."

Lobbestael, an outstanding student with a 3.75 GPA, has achieved a qualifying score on the SAT. He said academics and a family atmosphere will be important to his decision.

LOBBESTAEL SPENT this past offseason honing his footwork, which also resulted in an increase in speed but what makes him special according to his prep coach, is his accuracy.

"He's got a combination of pure passing and accuracy," said Oak Harbor head man Dave Ward. "He's able to put the ball right on a moving target. He's big enough to see the field and after three years of starting for Oak Harbor, he's developed a sense of confidence that is very effective out there.

"There are a combination of things that make him really successful, and he's a leader on offense," said Ward.

For his part, Lobbestael said credit needs to be given to the coaching staff and the players around him on offense, and especially the big ones up front.

"I don't think I got sacked the first four or five games," he said. "We have a lot of experience on the line. They work together really well, help each other and the team out... and in the locker room, too. They just work real hard and do a good job."

THROUGH THE FIRST eight games this season -- in which his team has compiled a 7-1 record and No. 9 ranking -- Lobbestael has completed 102 of 179 passes for 1,586 yards and 24 TDs vs. 9 INTs.

As a junior in 2005, Lobbestael helped guide Oak Harbor to the 4A state quarterfinals last year, earning second-team all-conference honors and completing 59 percent of his passes for 1,351 yards with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Marshall Lobbestael profile

  • Lobbestael took his official visit the week after Texan QB Matt Faulkner was in Pullman. Like Lobbestael, Faulkner has not yet been offered by the Cougs.

  • The pronunciation of his last name is Lobe-ih-stall.

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