RECRUITING: Cougs eye Spokane standout

AMONG THE CRIMSON NOTABLES out of Spokane's Mead High to grace the WSU gridiron on Saturday afternoons -- linebacker Andy Mattingly. One of Mattingly's old teammates at Mead is in the Cougar orbit for the 2008 class. He holds two offers, checks in at 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds, and tore it up in the season opener this past weekend with a boatload of tackles and three touchdowns -- in the first half.

Dan Spitz (6-6, 245, 4.8) lines up as a DE/TE for Mead. He's shown considerable improvement at the tight end spot already this season but most are recruiting him on defense. He said Washington State is looking at him at both positions.

Sptitz also took home the TE MVP Award at Washington State's summer youth camp in June under the watchful eye of Cougars' tight ends coach Greg Peterson.

As is often the case, Spitz holds a high opinion of every coach recruiting him. As is also often the case, one has stood out.

"I talked to coach Peterson (Sunday) night from WSU. I like him, he's really a cool guy," said Spitz. "Coach Peterson does (stand out), I've probably gotten to know him the best."

WITH EARLY OFFERS FROM Hawaii and Idaho, Spitz is seeing increasing interest from, among others, Cal, Washington and Oregon. All came by Mead during the May Evaluation period. WSU, Cal and another in-state school have asked to see tape from his early senior season.

"They've said they'll probably offer if I make all-state," said Spitz of the the Huskies.

Academics will be important to his decision, said Spitz.

"I think I want to study either Physical Therapy or Vet, and (WSU) has good programs so that's definitely a plus with them. And it's close to home which is always nice," he said.

Spitz said he's stayed in touch with Andy Mattingly, the 6-4, 241-pound Cougar 'backer who logged five tackles against Wisconsin this past Saturday. As for a decision timetable on a verbal commitment, Spitz said it's up in the air.

"You could say I'm playing it by ear but Washington State, that's definitely a school I'm most interested in...I've talked to (Mattingly) a lot. He loves it down there. He got huge after he went there," said Spitz.

IDAHO HAS ALSO caught Spitz's eye, where Al Genatone is running the recruiting point on Spitz.

"We had Paul Senecall go there two years ago and he really likes it down there. I really like Idaho, and we went there junior year for the camp. And I like all the coaches. I just talked to them in August," said Spitz.

STRENGTH NUMBERS INCLUDE a power clean of 315 pounds and a squat of 525.

In the season opener for Mead this past weekend, Spitz played only the first half but made good use of his time. He pulled down four receptions for 72 yards and three of them went for touchdowns. Defensively, he racked up eight tackles and a fumble recovery.

As a junior, he racked up 66 tackles, 11 for loss, three sacks, five pass break ups and three forced fumbles. On offense, he had seven catches for 70 yards plus a pair of 2-point conversions. He earned second-team All-GSL honors as Mead went 5-5 in 2006.

A solid student, Spitz has achieved a qualifying score on the SAT, though he wasn't satisified with the mark and plans on bettering it later this year.

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