JUCO OL takes in crimson experience

AN OLD ADAGE is you can never have enough offensive linemen. And given the tough luck WSU has endured up front this season in the injury department it seems a worthy premise. One of the prospects WSU brought in this weekend on an official visit is a junior college OL who is scheduled to graduate in December and become eligible to enroll at a 4-year college in January.

Jon Caspers out of North Dakota State College of Science JC has three-to-play-two at the next level. The trip to Washington State was a new experience for the 6-5, 295-pounder.

"It was my first one and it set the bar. I liked it. It was a pretty cool place," said Caspers.

Caspers said he spent a good portion of time talking with WSU offensive line coach Harold Etheridge and the Cougar coaching staff.

"I got along with the coaches real well. They seem like nice guys and I've gotten to know coach Etheridge from talking on the phone and he's a good guy. We just sat down and talked football, what they ran, what we ran, what their big emphasis is on," said Caspers.

He also hung out with the Cougar linemen.

"I got along with them real well, we talked football and...we chatted about the coaches, it was nice," he said.

CASPERS SAID HIS FOCUS during the ASU game was, naturally, on the Cougar line.

"They're plagued with injuries," said Caspers. "It seems like they've got some able bodies there but they've got to stay healthy and they haven't been able to."

CASPERS ALSO SPENT a good deal of time talking about the Agriculture Department with WSU, which he said is the main draw for him in choosing a college. Although he considers WSU to be one of the top two programs in the nation, he said he wasn't ready to make his choice.

"It's what I expected and I definitely liked it but I still have some visits left, I'm going to take them and I'm not going to make any rash decisions," said Caspers.

One of those visits is to Iowa State but no date has been set. Arizona has also been in contact.

Caspers, originally from Bird Island, Minn., said he started hearing from WSU soon after he sent his tape out this past winter. He's known for his ability to get downfield on blocks while still being able to serve up some pancakes in the trenches.

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