JUCO OL connects with WSU, Coug players

AMONG THE OFFICIAL visitors in town this weekend, a 6-6, 310-pounder eligible to sign later this month with a four year school. Among the things that struck him most out on the Palouse, the way the town revolves around the Cougs. "It was a great weekend. I like the school a lot. It was amazing -- the school and the town, everybody supports the football program. It's like one big family."

As his recruitment draws to a close, there is going to be a whole lot happening with some other schools in the coming days. But one thing that can be said tonight regarding Wade Jacobson -- his official trip to WSU couldn't have gone any better. Post-visit, the mammoth 310-pounder said Washington State was "definitely" a place he could see himself signing with later this month.

"You walk down the street, everybody is wearing something with WSU on it. In the middle of the streets, they have Cougar emblems in the middle of the intersections. The whole town shuts down for football games," said Jacobson.

THE COUGAR PLAYERS this weekend made a strong impression on him, said Jacobson. He couldn't list them all but Tyson Pencer, Andrew Roxas and Tim Hodgdon were among those who struck a chord.

"I hung out with a lot of the players," said Jacobson. "Coming in, I didn't know what to expect and I got hosted by a great kid, Tyson Pencer. He's an offensive tackle too...And I met all of the other linemen. The way they acted, I know they didn't have a good season and when that happens, sometimes players start to butt heads, but it wasn't like that over there.

"They're all friends and they have such high expectations for next year. They had so many injuries this year. But I know they're all ready to go out next year and win, and have a blast."

CHARACTER IS A word often heard in the discussion of recruiting but Jacobson said he saw firsthand evidence of it this weekend at WSU.

"The players were just like the coaches, they were straight up," said Jacobson. "When I was talking to coach (Paul) Wulff, he said, 'When I look for players, I look for players who have good character,'...and when he said that, I thought back to all the linemen and all the running backs I had met there -- and everyone was like that. They didn't (BS) you, they told you how they felt."

JACOBSON SAID HE had great "big picture" conversations with Wulff, o-line coach Harold Etheridge and other members of the coaching staff, and that what WSU does with their linemen, with an emphasis on lateral movement and athleticism, is familiar given what his coaches at Gavilan College, about 30 minutes outside of San Jose, try to do with their linemen.

"They don't (BS) you," said Jacobson of the WSU staff. "What was nice with them was they didn't, at any time, pressure me at all. They pretty much just left it up to me -- all they said was for me to go with what feels right. Some coaches are trying to have me (commit now) and that's just making things more complicated."

Jacobson was also impressed by the academic presentations at WSU.

"The counselors broke down my whole academic plan -- it was just tremendous how they did everything," said Jacobson.

UP NEXT FOR Jacobson is a whirlwind travel schedule. Tomorrow, he officially visits Nevada, where his o-line coach at Gavilan recently graduated from. On Wednesday, he heads to San Diego. And then on Friday, he takes an official visit to Arizona.

"It's going to be a pretty long week. I'm cutting it as close as possible but I want to try and take all of my visits first.

Jacobson, a midyear transfer, can first sign with a school on Dec. 16 -- the signing period runs through mid-January. He has 3-to-play-2 at the next level.

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