RECRUITING: Cougs offer Spokane standout

THERE ARE exceptions, but Washington State generally likes to see senior tape before offering a prospect a scholarship. WSU is also big on character, and likes prospects to meet the entire coaching staff face to face. A 6-6, two-way standout from Spokane came through with flying colors on both accounts. And the Cougars offered him a scholie when he visited Pullman this past weekend.

Washington State's recruitment of Mead High's Dan Spitz started to pick up steam back in June, when the 250-pounder with 4.8 speed attended WSU's summer youth camp. It gathered additional momentum when Spitz' tape of his first two games this season arrived in Pullman. Bill Doba asked Spitz to come in on an official visit but beforehand, he asked him to come down on an unofficial this past weekend.

"Doba wanted to see my first two game films. And then he just wanted to talk to me in person," said Spitz.

While there, Doba offered him a scholarship. Plans for the official visit are in the works with a date to be finalized.

"He just said to take time to talk it over with my parents and I said I would, but that's my top school," said Spitz.

Washington has been turning up the recruiting love, and has been in contact with Spitz on a weekly basis of late.

"They've seemed interested," said Spitz.

He also holds offers from Hawaii and Idaho, but says his preference would likely be to play in the Pac-10.

SPITZ WAS THE tight end MVP of the Cougars' summer youth camp this summer, but he said Washington State may also be looking at him for defensive end.

Assistant George Yarno is the primary point man and recruiting coordinator Greg Peterson has also been in steady contact.

"I've got to know Peterson a lot better this year," said Spitz. "...The coaching staff is really solid. Coach Peterson, the o-line coach and the d-line coach (Marty Long)...Yarno is a really positive guy, and really intense, too."

Through five games this season, Spitz had appx. nine tackles for loss among 40 tackles plus five blocked passes. On offense, the tight end has 120 yards on but six passes -- but five of those six have gone for touchdowns.

AS A JUNIOR, Spitz racked up 66 tackles, 11 for loss, with three sacks, five pass break ups and three forced fumbles. Offensively, 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.

Strength numbers include power clean of 315 pounds and a squat of 525.

Also a top performer in the classroom, Spitz has achieved a qualifying score on the SAT but wasn't satisfied with the mark and plans on bettering it later this year.

ONE TO WATCH: Mead junior wide receiver Ryane LaForte (6-2, 195, 4.5), was along with Spitz on the unofficial visit this past weekend.

Dan Spitz profile and video

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