RECRUITING: Cougs in on Arizona receiver

WASHINGTON STATE could take as many as three wide receivers this class -- if the quality is there. One playmaker who has come back into the Cougar orbit is T.J. Simpson, who up until a few weeks ago was a verbal commit to Arizona State before the coaching change. The Cougs were down in Peoria, Ariz., last week for an in-home visit with the playmaker.

Washington State came back into the picture for Simpson after ASU coach Dirk Koetter was dismissed.

"They've been there since the jump-start and once I de-committed, they came back on the scene and started talking to me again," said Simpson of Washington State.

A school's offense and how much they put it in the air will be a factor in his decision, although probably not the most important one.

"Washington State, they run a good program. They're receiver friendly, like all of these schools are that have offered me," said Simpson.

In addition to WSU, three other schools are catching Simpson's eye most at the moment -- Oregon State, Oregon and Nevada. All have offered. He does not have a frontrunner.

"Right now, every school is dead-even," said Simpson. "It'll be mostly about wherever I feel comfortable at, with the staff and the team."

Distance doesn't look to be part of the equation.

"I'm trying to stay West, but that's about it," said Simpson.

Simpson trips to Corvallis this weekend on an official visit.

"Oregon State, they've been there for me since Day One and I know they have a good program," said Simpson. "What they did this year, they pulled off some big ones."

An official is scheduled for Oregon on Jan. 12. The Cougs have not yet scheduled Simpson in for a visit but one could end up in the works, possibly as soon as Jan. 5. ASU, the school Simpson de-committed from following the coaching change, had not been in contact as of Tuesday afternoon, he said.

T.J. Simpson profile and video

NOTABLE NOTES AND QUOTES:
  • Simpson this year averaged over 19 yards a catch, hauling in 45 catches for 872 yards with nine receiving TDs, 11 total. He also carried the ball eight times for 169 yards and two TDs including an 80-yard dash to the house, and returned 12 kickoffs for 175 yards.

    Nevada - "I really like that (Pistol) offense and what they're doing over there, they turned it around and made it to a Bowl game, playing Miami."
    Oregon - "They're known for their passing, and they have a good program."

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