Wulff & Co. make quick California inroads

PAUL WULFF AND the new staff at WSU had just three days on the recruiting trail before the holiday "dead period" began, but it appears they made the most of their time. Besides the verbal commitment the Cougs secured from Skylar Stormo and the official visit they penned in for Cory Mackay, comes word that two Californians are thinking crimson after last week's whirlwind blitz.

Santa Margarita defensive end Logan Harrell (6-4, 273), received a scholarship offer from WSU on Thursday. The Cougs are the sixth school to offer him, joining Fresno State, where he recently tripped, UNLV and three Big Sky schools. Oregon and LSU are said to be lurking.

WSU was not believed to be in the hunt for Harrell as recently as last Sunday, when Scout.com analyst Brandon Huffman talked to the lad about his FSU trip and the other schools he was hearing from.

Harrell is a two-time All-Area selection. He posted a collective 128 tackles over the past two seasons. When he was a junior, the Orange County Register dubbed him "one of the premier defensive players in the premier league in the county." He reportedly has a nose of the ball, is outstanding on run defense and has turned himself into a first-rate pass rusher as well.

Meanwhile, at one of the elite high school football programs in the nation, Long Beach Poly receiver Kevin Norrell's father reports that his son will be tripping to Pullman on Jan. 18 and believes a scholarship could await him then.

Norrell sports great hands and great open-field moves and caught 38 passes for 383 yards and five TDs this season. He earned first-team all-league honors and was named his league's most outstanding receiver. He also plays defensive back, and runs the 100 and 200 meters for the Poly track team.

He has heard from a number of Pac-10 schools but has reported no offers. His trip to WSU is the first official visit he has scheduled.

WULFF TOLD CF.C on Friday that he has 21 scholarships available this recruiting cycle and plans to fill them all. He may even oversign a bit if there are academic concerns in the group.

Prime areas of need, he said, are the defensive line, secondary and running back, and to a lesser degree, receiver.

Besides Stormo, a Mukilteo tight end who verballed with Wulff during an in-home visit just three days after Wulff became WSU's head man, the Cougars have verbal commitments from Jared Karstetter and Dan Spitz of Spokane, and Tom Hodgdon of Las Flores, Calif. All three of the latter reaffirmed their commitments to WSU following Wulff's hiring. The 2008 class also will include quarterback J.T. Levenseller of Pullman, a grayshirt from last season's class.

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