Wulff after dynamic WR, says prep coach

WASHINGTON STATE is in the hunt for a tall, rangy wide receiver out of Northern California and his prep coach says has the potential to become a national-type recruit. The Cougs are one of seven schools to put an early scholie on the table and the prep coach goes on to name Wazzu as one of those recruiting the hardest for the 6-foot-3 playmaker.

Diante Jackson out of Walnut Creek, Calif., holds seven offers including one from Washington State. The Cougs are one the schools showing him the most recruiting love, says his coach.

"I would say the Pac-10 schools are doing a pretty good job of recruiting him -- I would say Washington State, Oregon and Arizona State have done a great job with him," said Doug Longero, head man at Las Lomas High.

Still, Longero said he thinks Washington State and others will have new competition for Jackson (6-3, 190, 4.5) by the time spring turns to summer.

Jackson's other offers are from Oregon State, UNLV, Utah and San Jose State. USC has also been showing interest, said Longero.

"He's a big receiver, a very good looking kid, very dynamic," said Longero.

JACKSON IS A big target at 6-foot-3 but that's only one part of what college coaches like, said Longero, who said he expects more schools to come calling in May and that Jackson could wind up being a national type prospect before it's all said and done.

"He's right up there with anybody in the country, I would put him right up there with anybody physically," said Longero.

LAST SEASON, DEFENSIVE COORDINATORS had few answers in trying to limit Jackson's production. He racked up 65 catches for 1,283 yards and 19 TDs.

Jackson also had two interceptions playing part time on defense, and he plays a mean defensive back and will play more on defense this year -- but his future at the next level will be on the offensive side of the ball. Longero said all the schools who have offered Jackson have done so as a receiver.

UPCOMING SPRING PLANS for unofficial visits have yet to be finalized but Longero said a trip to Eugene for a spring practice looks to be furthest in the works. Whether Jackson would also swing by Corvallis or make stops to other Northwest area schools remains to be worked out.

A verbal commitment, however, looks to be well down the road.

"He won't make an early decision. He's going to have to take some (official) visits. He's pretty open and the whole process is new," said Longero.

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