Second JUCO o-lineman holds crimson offer

WASHINGTON STATE HAS a large number of offensive linemen returning next season. But they have their eye on a few more for the 2010 class and with the youth returning up front, one who could potentially earn playing time right away, and who holds an offer from Wazzu, is a 6-6, 310-pounder from junior college. He's also made a connection with the Cougs' offensive line coach.

Paul Wulff puts a premium on athleticism in his offensive linemen and Wade Jacobson (6-6, 310) out of Galvin College looks to have it.

"Lateral quickness and lateral agility, that's exactly what he said I have. They said I moved pretty well as a big guy. Usually in bigger, taller kids, you don't see a lot of coordination but they said with my foot work and speed, I really put it all together and that's what it takes to become an offensive lineman for them," said Jacobson.

Jacobson said he's forged a bond with WSU o-line coach Harold Etheridge over the past several months.

"The guy gets to the point, he doesn't BS you. He said the first time after seeing me he was going to bust his butt to get me a scholarship and he called me back that Friday and said congratulations, you have a full ride," said Jacobson.

JACOBSON DIDN'T THINK he'd play college football. He played the sport at San Benito High in Hollister, Calif., but as a 220-pounder back then, his best sport was baseball.

"I was on two or different teams, travelling across the U.S… but I talked to the head coach here (at Gavilan) and he convinced me to come here and give football a shot. I never thought it would get me this far," said Jacobson.

Jacobson has not yet set up firm dates for official visits but said he does plan to visit WSU.

IN ADDITION to Washington State, the tackle prospect holds offers from North Carolina, Nevada, San Diego State and San Jose State. He's also seen interest come his way from Hawaii, Auburn, UCLA, ASU and others.

"One of my coaches says there are a bunch of other schools looking at me right now but he won't tell me who they are until sometime after the season because he doesn't want me to get a big head," said Jacobson.

As a full qualifier out of high school, Jacobson can join a four year program in January and would be eligible for spring ball. He has 3-to-play-2 at the next level.

He also has some strong ties to Nevada, thinks highly of their program and coaches and has visited there unofficially a few times, including last month.

"My offensive line coach (at Galvin) graduated from Nevada last year and he's helped me out a lot," said Galvin.


Washington State has 15 offensive linemen on scholarship this season, and 20 all-told. (For comparison purposes, Washington has 13 o-linemen total including walk-ons listed on their current roster.) WSU will lose two (Kenny Alfred, Reed Lesuma) to graduation and have two verbal commitments from the prep ranks in the fold for the 2010 class. For more, including CF.C's breakdowns and projections on numbers and more, see here and HERE and HERE.

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