Recruiting Roundup: Offers figure to mushroom

FOOTBALL RECRUITING WILL heat up in a major way starting next Sunday with the start of the May Evaluation Period -- a six-week window between April 15 and May 31 in which college coaches are allowed four weeks to visit high school campuses to evaluate prospects. So far, Washington State has made 11 known scholarship offers for its 2008 class of recruits.

For perspective on how much that figure is likely to climb in the coming weeks, consider that Mike Price once used a May visit to hand out seven offers in a single day at one California high school.

While the Cougars wrap up spring workouts on April 14, don't expect Bill Doba & Co. to hit the recruiting trail until the last four weeks of the evaluation period -- the conventional wisdom being that you're fresher in the minds of prospects than those who show up early.

Regardless of the timing, though, each WSU coach will have visited close to 90 schools, plus various combines, during their four weeks on the road. Miles of tape footage are reviewed and scores of questions are posed to prep coaches.

WSU recruiting coordinator Greg Peterson said earlier this year that WSU is looking to take a balanced class in 2008, and that his database of prospects will reach about 1,200 names that gradually will be pared down to several hundred by September.

Of the 11 known offers the Cougars have made so far this year, six are in state, two from Colorado, one Arizona, one Missouri and one California. Here's a rundown on who they are and where they're leaning:

DE Everette Thompson (Kennedy/Burien) -- The Cougars were the first of several to offer and he's planning an unofficial visit to Pullman in June, but he makes no secret of the fact he'll commit to USC if they make him an offer. Washington, Oregon and Notre Dame also are in the mix.

WR Jermaine Kearse (Lakes/near Tacoma) -- A talented defensive back and kick returner, too. Plans to camp at WSU and Oregon this summer. Also has offers from Washington and Northwestern.

TE Kavario Middleton (Lakes/near Tacoma) -- Besides WSU, has offers from several, including USC, Washington (for football, plus basketball), Oregon and Arizona State. No leader at this point.

OL Drew Schaefer (Eastlake/Redmond) -- Has been offered by WSU and UW and says the Huskies are his leader, though he plans to visit to Pullman, where his sister is a student. Stanford, Oregon and Oregon State are lurking. Hopes to make a decision by the end of the summer.

OL David DeCastro (Bellevue) -- Has offers from WSU, UW, Stanford, Oregon State and Arizona. Reading between the lines, sounds like a lean to Stanford and Washington.

DT/OL Trevor Guyton (Redmond) -- Has offers from WSU and UW, with Nebraska, Arizona, USC, Notre Dame and Penn State lurking. Mom is pushing for UW for proximity reasons. Has a brother attending Arizona. Originally from Pennsylvania, thus the Nittany Lions connection.

DB Tyler Jackson (Castle Rock, CO) -- Highly athletic and checks in at 6-1, 180 pounds. Colorado and Colorado State are expected to come on strong.

LB Jon Major (Parker, CO) -- One of the hottest prep prospects in the nation, with 30 offers so far. No interest in the Cougs. Leaning toward Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin, Stanford and Oklahoma.

DB Rahim Moore (Dorsey/Los Angeles) -- Has offers from WSU, UW and Oregon, but appears to be leaning toward USC, UCLA, Auburn and Nebraska.

TE Dion Jordan (Chandler, AZ) -- Potentially could play receiver and defensive end as well. Besides WSU, has offers from Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon, UCLA and Colorado. No favorites yet.

TE Spencer Ladner (Kansas City) -- Brother Ben plays at Stanford. Besides WSU, has offers from Clemson, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Wisconsin.

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