TIMING IS EVERYTHING. A couple of days ago, Marshall Lobbestael's college future was uncertain. But after receiving a call from Washington State assistant coach Timm Rosenbach, the quarterback was a Coug in the space of 30 minutes. The Oak Harbor signal caller becomes the ninth known member of WSU's 2007 class, and CF.C talks to both prep coach and the newest member of the Cougar Family.

"I verbally committed to go to WSU," Lobbestael told CF.C Tuesday.

Lobbestael and his prep coach, Dave Ward, were good enough to take a couple minutes out of their lunch breaks today, during which time they're breaking down game film, to talk about his oral pledge and in Ward's case, what kind of player the Cougs are getting.

"Coach Rosenbach called and told me, 'We're offering you a scholarship, are you interested?' and I said, 'Um, yeah' so he asked if my parents were alright with it. I went and talked to them about it and called him back about 30 minutes later and said my parents were cool with it, too," said Lobbestael.

Lobbestael (6-3, 195, 4.7) officially visited Pullman for Washington State's victory over then-No. 15 Oregon. Washington State hadn't directly contacted as of Thursday of last week when CF.C spoke to him but Ward had been in contact with the Cougar staff.

The Oak Harbor coach talked to Rosenbach following the Pullman trip and related that the WSU staff was very impressed by what they saw in Lobbestael, the person.

"They knew he could pass, he was big and he had stats, he has a great GPA, and he has smarts and experience," said Ward. "But when they met him, they realized he was a down-to-earth young man who is respectful, can be a great learner and become a very good college quarterback. "He's very coachable, the kind of guy you like to have around. He's got great character."

With the film projector whirring up in the background, Lobbestael had to run but offered a quick thought as to how it feels to be a Cougar.

"I'm honored to have this kind of opportunity," he said.

As Ward touched on, Lobbestael is an outstanding student with a 3.75 GPA, and has achieved a qualifying score on the SAT.

One question that remains in the sphere of Cougar quarterback recruiting for the 2007 class is if Washington State is still pursuing Clint Brewster out of Colorado. Brewster verbally committed to Illinois this summer but took an official visit to WSU a week and a half ago. While he told Scout.com post-trip he loved the Palouse visit, he was still committed to the Illini, yet at the same time did not close the door on the Cougs. Whether Lobbestael's verbal signifies the end of WSU's recruitment of Brewster remains to be seen.

But with regard to Lobbestael, the 2006 prep class has been called The Year of the Quarterback in Evergreen State recruiting circles, and Lobbestael climbed higher onto the WSU radar after a record setting performance against Meadowdale, where he connected on 18 of 22 passes and a school-record six touchdowns passes.

Since that time, he has led Oak Harbor to a No. 9 ranking in the Class 4A state poll, a 9-1 record and a quarterfinals playoff date this weekend with No. 4 Skyview.

With Lobbestael, Washington State has nine known verbal commitments in the 2007 class: RB Logwone Mitz, WR Daniel Blackledge, DE Tyson Pencer, OL Andrew Roxas, DT B.J. Guerra, LB Tyson Kirksey, QB Kevin Lopina and OL Kevin Freitag. Note: Lopina is enrolled at WSU and practicing with the team but because he is ineligible to play this season after transferring from K-State, he is classified by Scout as part of the '07 class.

Marshall Lobbestael profile

  • "He's got a combination of pure passing and accuracy," says 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."

  • Gary Rogers was Lobbestael's host on his visit.

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

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