Big WSU recruiting weekend, hoops game on tap

PAUL WULFF HOSTED A FAIR number of official visitors last recruiting weekend, but the number of prospects coming to Pullman this weekend look to dwarf that total. The timing couldn't be better, either. With Monday's MLK holiday, recruits will be in town Sunday evening to take in the deafening crimson spirit at Friel Court when Tony Bennett's Cougs tangle with Oregon.

The way things are trending at the moment, CF.C is projecting this will be the biggest football recruiting weekend in recent memory.

According to prep and JC coaches and prospects themselves that CF.C has spoken with, 14 known, with that total swelling to perhaps as many as 18, football recruits are expected to be on the Washington State campus.

The caveat, as longtime watchers of recruiting know, is that official visits are sometimes in flux up until the last minute-- a prospect who is known to be coming in earlier in the week may have a last minute change of plans.

To wit, CF.C received an email early Friday morning from Alex Reitnouer informing us that his planned Wazzu official this weekend has been rescheduled for next weekend.

It is also worth noting that six future Cougars, players who have already given their verbal commitment to Wazzu, are expected to be among those on campus -- Tim Hodgdon, Andre Lintz, Jared Karstetter, Calvin Schmidtke, Chantz Staden and Skylar Stormo. Still, the big picture is that football recruits, and plenty of them, are expected to begin arriving in Pullman on Saturday -- a day later than a normal recruiting weekend.

NCAA rules allow schools to host recruits for 48 hours on their official campus visits. The nationally televised basketball showdown between the Cougars (15-1) and Ducks, (12-5) tips off at 5 pm on Sunday.

Some of those expected to officially visit WSU and take in the hoops game include 4-star WR prospect Antwon Moutra and Logan Harrell, a 3-star defensive end out of Santa Margarita, Calif. Other notables include Redmond's Cory Mackay, a current verbal commit to Washington, and free safety Jay Matthews out of Lake Oswego, Ore.

With the holiday -- and no school -- on Monday, the calendar sets up nicely for WSU to bring in the visitors on Saturday and then have them travel home on Monday.

In between, one of the highlights is sure to be the eardrum-busting anthem of crimson pride that shakes the Palouse for about two straight hours every time Washington State hits the hardcourt. The game is sold out, but fans are expected to cram into the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum beyond it's stated capacity.

This weekend and last has also shed some light on the recruiting strategy of new WSU head man Wulff, recruiting coordinator Rich Rasmussen and the Cougar staff.

Last weekend, the emphasis was on junior college recruits. This Saturday, it's on the preps.

With football prospects not expected to begin arriving home until Monday night, CF.C is planning to bring you copious amounts of coverage as news break and as the week unfolds.

Washington State has 10 known verbal commits headed into the weekend. Signing Day is Feb. 6.

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