The anatomy of a recruiting close

JUST DAYS BEFORE JC offensive tackle Wade Jacobson was to sign his Letter of Intent, things looked a bit different. His junior college head coach thought it was down to Arizona and Nevada. So did one of his o-line coaches. Jacobson himself was high on both having just come from official visits there. But then Paul Wulff made an in-home visit on Sunday night. And everything began to come together.

In recruiting, few hold as much value throughout the coaching fraternity as does the term, "closer".

In looking at Wade Jacobson's commitment to the Cougs, something already known by close followers of Cougar recruiting becomes even more apparent: Paul Wulff is a closer.

WSU'S HEAD MAN jumped on a plane this past Sunday, the last day before the mid-year JC transfer dead period was to begin on Monday, so that he could sit in the Jacobson living room and talk one more time, face-to-face, about his vision for the WSU program and Jacobson's role in it.

Wulff's Sunday night conversation with Jacobson -- and his parents -- made the difference.

Wednesday morning, the first day that mid-year JUCO transfers can sign with a four-year school., The 6-6, 310-pounder out of Gavilan College signed with the Cougars.

"You always think of the head coach as someone you never really get to know that much but he made that special trip all the way down here -- just to talk to my parents and I," said Jacobson. "That really meant a lot.

"He even said, 'Whenever you need me, I'm always here for you.' And that was something I wanted to hear."

AFTER WULFF DEPARTED on Sunday night, what he had said, lingered.

"Even after he left, my parents kept talking about how much they really liked him," said Jacobson. If I'm happy and my parents are happy, you can't ask for anything better.

"It's like one big family up there -- and that's what I was looking for."

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