Tuel's first offer is from Cougs

CONVENTIONAL WISDOM HOLDS that most colleges will take one quarterback each recruiting class. But with Washington State, with the 2008 class signee and a backup QB no longer in the crimson fold, could Wazzu look to take two signal callers this class? One quarterback with a WSU offer out of Fresno, Jeff Tuel, talked to Scout.com about that, his thoughts on the Cougars, August trips and more.

Clovis West QB Jeff Tuel (6-3, 190) had been anxiously awaiting his first offer. The talented signal-caller has little game film, but he had great spring.

But it was expected his first offer would not come until September. However, after a strong showing at the Fresno State team camp, the Bulldogs are showing interest and Washington State offered, with Tuel yet to start a varsity game. The Fresno State camp was a full contact team camp that featured refereed scrimmages.

"I made a video of the Fresno State camp," said Tuel. "Basically, it was a tape of my first scrimmage. It's as close to a game as you're going to get. I overnighted it up [to Washington State]. [Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback] Coach [Todd] Sturdy and the rest of the coaches watched it. Coach Sturdy sent me an email and said to call them. And they offered yesterday (Monday).

"Washington State is taking two quarterbacks. They said they have three offers out including mine. The first two to take them are in."

Tuel spent the 2007 season backing up Cal-bound Beau Sweeney. Not having any substantial game film put Tuel behind the curve the entire spring. Nonetheless, he went full force and shined at every camp/combine he attended, including being named first-team all-combine at the UnderArmour/Scout.com Phoenix Combine in May.

He capped his spring and started his summer at with strong camp showings at the San Jose State, Nevada, San Diego State, Oregon State, and Fresno State. But the latter is the one that put him over the hump.

It is uncommon for a player to pick up a DI offer without ever starting a game, let alone to garner one from a Pac-10 school known for producing All-American quarterbacks.

"It's an honor, my first offer being from the Pac-10," said Tuel. "It felt good. I haven't been up [to Pullman], but I plan to head up there early next month."

The Cougars were not the only school impressed with Tuel's play at the Fresno State camp. He says Bulldog head coach Pat Hill and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier showed serious interest at the camp.

"I really didn't (know) they were watching me that close," Tuel said. "It's been a while since [Fresno State] has recruited a [Clovis] area quarterback. They say they really like me, and want to see more of me."

Tuel says it is a relief to get the first offer out of the way. In recent weeks, he says San Diego State and Oregon State were close to offering. Now, Tuel says, he is seriously thinking about making his college decision before the season starts.

Tuel says Washington State, Fresno State, and Nevada are his top three. He will likely make decision between the three, if all offer.

"Nevada says I was their No. 1 quarterback, and say they will offer after the first few games," Tuel said. "I'm not so sure if Fresno is going to offer. (The) Pac-10 is something I want to be a part of but I know most of the schools have found their quarterback. Besides Washington State, I'm not sure if there is another [Pac-10] school I would be interested in."

Fresno State has a QB verbal commit in Derek Carr and WSU will take two quarterbacks, but it does not faze Tuel.

"I've been competing my whole life," Tuel said. "I love to compete."

Academically, Tuel reports a 3.44 GPA and he scored a qualifying 1400 SAT score.

NOTABLE NOTE:
Former incoming WSU quarterback Calvin Schmidtke was released from his LOI by Washington State following a string of charges back in May. Cole Morgan transferred last month to Western Washington.

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