Stanford offers, charges hard at WSU verbal

JIM HARBAUGH AND Stanford are making a strong play for one of Washington State's 2009 verbal commitments. The Cardinal called him and offered on Monday, have mentioned as many as five possibilities for which position he might end up at were he to come to Palo Alto, (two offense and three defense,) and are making a Stanford education the cornerstone of their recruiting sales pitch.

Lynnwood's Geoff Meinken, who verballed to Washington State in May, was offered by Stanford shortly after SU took in his Friday night game when in the Seattle area last weekend for their matchup with the Huskies.

The 6-4, 250-pounder, who Washington State likes at either defensive end or defensive tackle, told he hopes to take a visit to Stanford before Signing Day in February.

"I'm going to try to take a visit and just check it out. They're trying to have their visits in January so they can spend all their time with their recruits but I have basketball so I'm not sure how it's going to work out," said Meinken.

STANFORD HAS TALKED to him about a variety of position possibilities.

"Coach Harbaugh projects me as a running back/tight end, their defensive coordinator wants me to play linebacker, their defensive ends coach wants me to play defensive end, their defensive tackles coach wants me to play d-tackle, so they have no idea," said Meinken.

MEINKEN SAID HE called WSU area recruiting coach Malik Roberson and told him of the new offer and that he plans on taking an official visit at some point to Palo Alto. What does the Stanford offer do to Meinken's verbal pledge to WSU?

"It means that I obviously have something to think about. An education at Stanford is pretty remarkable. I don't know. I have to think about it.... I felt kind of bad (talking to WSU). I don't want to bring (things) down or anything. But Stanford, the education you get there, I just can't close that door."

A HIGH SCHOOL TAILBACK and defensive end for Lynnwood, Meinken rushed for 693 yards on 150 carries, scoring seven touchdowns as a junior.

A three sport athlete at Lynnwood, he has clocked as fast as a 4.62 in the 40 and 11.7 in the 100-meters. Meinken has a 3.4 GPA and scored an 1810 on the SAT.

Chris Fetters of contributed to this report.

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