Cougs offer Skyline hoss

THE OFFENSIVE LINE MVP at the Cougs' summer youth camp this past June, Tom Swanson out of Skyline High in Issaquah took an unofficial visit to Washington State this past weekend and came away with a scholarship offer. The 6-7, 290-pounder has been in steady contact with WSU over the recruiting year, but things heated up after the Cougar coaching staff saw early senior season tape.

As first reported by Chris Fetters of Scout.com, Washington State extended a scholarship offer to Swanson on Saturday after the win over UCLA. The process of getting from prospect to prospect with a crimson scholarship offer, has been a long one.

"They've always been there," said Swanson of Washington State. "Then they saw my first two games and liked what they saw."

Swanson said he's had a chance to talk with line coach George Yarno over the last couple of weeks in addition to the one-on-one time with him back in June. "Oh, he's a great guy," said Swanson.

He said he'll be talking to area recruiting coach Timm Rosenbach later this week to try to firm up details on when the official visit to Pullman will take place. Undefeated Skyline could have an extended playoff run following the season. Until then, the memories of the unofficial trip were still fresh.

"I liked it a lot," said Swanson. "It was a nice campus, and it seemed like everybody really knew each other. They're definitely close. It's definitely a college town."

Other schools are also on his heels and one was recently asking for transcripts, oftentimes a precursor to extending an offer.

"Boise State, Arizona, UW, UCLA. Boise State's called a couple times (recently). UCLA I talked to the offensive line coach two weeks ago. Arizona was just at my school on Friday, they were just getting my transcripts," said Swanson.

Swanson said the Cougar offer pushed them into the lead, but it's also a very close race.

"They're all just about even, they're (Washington State) definitely higher than everybody else. I have an offer from them. But everybody else is (right there) too," said Swanson.

Swanson said a decision isn't imminent and recruiting in general isn't the top priority at this point "as long as the playoffs go". Skyline (9-0) is rated No. 2 in the state Class 3A poll and have outscored their opponents 317 - 47.

"The most special thing about him is he has an unbelievable work ethic," said a Skyline assistant. "He's pretty much dominated from an offensive line point of view all year. He finishes blocks really well, he's a good, tough kid and his upside is way, way in front of him, too.The good thing about Tom is as great as he is as a football player, he's a better kid. Great family, high character."

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