RECRUITING: TE with crimson offer high on WSU

COUGAR TIGHT END Jed Collins is on pace for a remarkable season -- his 27 grabs through five games have gone for 3 TDs and 204 yards. And while Collins' prowess is part of the crimson tight end resurgence that's been taking place in recent years, he's also a senior. One '08 TE prospect, checking in at 6-5 and 225 pounds and with a Wazzu offer, weighs in on the Cougars and his recruitment.

Of the schools who have offered D.J. Shields (6-5, 225, 4.8), there are two who stand out most.

"Washington State and San Diego State are up there," said Shields.

Assistant coach George Yarno is running the recruiting point for the Cougs.

"From what I hear, it's a college town and sounds like I'd fit in there pretty good," said Shields. "I've talked to (Yarno) quite a bit and he seems like a good guy.

The opportunity to earn early playing time will be important, as will a school who utilizes the tight end and is on the rise.

Shields does not have any official visits scheduled and says he is in no hurry to make a decision.

"I'm just playing it by ear," he said.

In addition to Washington State, he holds offers from UTEP, UNLV, San Diego State and New Mexico. UCLA and Stanford are lurking.

Shields said the Bruins have told him they have one spot left but if they choose to spend it on a tight end, it will go to him. Stanford, Shields said, has other tight ends they're looking at but the Cardinal, too, remains a factor.

Both California schools and their proximity to Chula Vista remain his overall leaders. UCLA is scheduled to take in a Bonita Vista High game in the next couple weeks and Shields will also take an unofficial visit to UCLA this weekend.

Idaho and Boise State have each been increasing their contact of late but have not yet offered.

Shields sent out senior season tape to Washington State, UCLA, Stanford, Idaho, Boise State and others this past week.

Also a top flight baseball player and all-league in hoops, Shields on the gridiron had 15 receptions for 221 yards and a touchdown despite playing in only five games his junior campaign.

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