RECRUITING: Kearse talks official visits, WSU

JERMAINE KEARSE is one of the highest rated recruits in the state of Washington according to Washington State hasn't been mentioned much this recruiting season with regards to the 4-star wide receiver prospect out of Lakewood, but he's in the process of setting up an official visit to Pullman. He also had a few thoughts on the Cougs' offensive coordinator and receivers coach.

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A man of few words, Kearse (6-2, 175. 4.55) has been difficult to track down this year. When he wasn't busy with school and his senior season, he also seems to enjoy talking more about his Lakewood High team than about himself and his recruitment. That may be why it might seem Washington State is back in the picture, when Kearse says it's more like they never left.

"They've always been there," said Kearse. "He's (Mike Levenseller) a good guy. He's easy to talk to -- I can talk to him really easy and I can relate to him."

Levenseller, the offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Washington State, has been Kearse's primary point of contact for the Cougs, although Wazzu has also gone to more a group approach this year than in the past with other coaches also involved.

Kearse has taken official visits to Oregon and Cal to date. Washington State, along with Arizona State, is also in the works, he said.

"I'm in the planning (stage) of setting up visits to both of them," said Kearse.

Washington is also in line for a visit in December and some of the prevailing thoughts seen around cyberspace this recruiting season has had Kearse destined to stay on the West Side and play for the Huskies. He said, however, that's not necessarily the case.

"No. I don't have a leader," said Kearse.

Kearse, who said the ideal position coach is someone he gets along with well but at the same time works him hard to make sure he's always improving, said the style of offense will not influence his decision.

"I think I can play in any offense," said Kearse. "...I think I open up other things for other players. I'd like to improve my strength."

Kearse had a visit scheduled a couple weeks back to Oregon State but ran into a scheduling conflict. He said he'll be headed to Corvallis later but the date has yet to be finalized.

"I had to reschedule that because of a (Saturday playoff) game. I think they don't really get the credit they deserve. They're usually rated but I think they deserve a higher rating than where they are at," said Kearse.

One of those eventual four, Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington State, Washington, would have to be of the unofficial variety with recruits allowed five official visits and Kearse having been on two officials so far.

Kearse and No. 1 ranked Lakes were a playoff upset victim earlier this month at the hands of Skyline. Training by 12 before their offense had even run a play, they lost 39-20 and finished their season 10-1. Kearse had a 61-yard touchdown reception in the defeat.

Kearse had 55 catches for 903 hashes with eight touchdowns this season. His height, explosiveness and playmaking ability after the catch is what makes him a valued prospect.

More honors and accolades will come later this year but Kearse has already been named Tacoma News Tribune all-area and the Defensive MVP of the Western Cascade Conference.

He'll play offense at the next level but speaking to his athleticism and playmaking ability, he racked up 89 tackles, six interceptions and blocked two kicks. One block he returned 80 yards to the house, and he also ran back a kickoff 99 yards for another score.

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