Cougs first to offer, lead for 6-5 OT

HE'S AN OFFENSIVE TACKLE prospect who not only cleans up at the point of attack, he's the kind of guy you also see downfield constantly trying to get those 2nd and 3rd level blocks. And that, in large part, says the 6-foot-5 Arizona product, is what helped him receive his first offer, from Paul Wulff and Washington State.

Ryan Nowicki (6-5, 280, 5.0) out of Glendale, Ariz. is under the radar no more.

"It feels really good," Nowicki said of his first offer. "..I would have to say Washington State is (the early leader) because they offered me first. They're going to be higher up on my list as it all narrows down."

NOWICKI AS A junior in 2009 out of Cactus High was named first team 4A All-Region, first team 4A-II All-State by the Arizona Football Coaches Association (AzFCA) and 4A-II All-State by for his work in the o-line trenches.

The recruiting coordinator at Washington State, Rich Rasmussen, is the area recruiter for the Cougars.

"He said I was really physical and that I showed I really want to get downfield and make those 2nd and 3rd (level) blocks," said Nowicki. "He said he also liked my foot speed.

"We talked about their academics a lot, and how much of an emphasis they put on character and what they want in their football players."

NOWICKI SAID he hopes to get up to Washington State in the summer with his family if they can make it work within their schedule.

"I can go anywhere," Nowicki said of his eventual college choice. "I have no limits, and I want to get out and explore a little bit."

NOWICKI SAID HE's hearing most, in addition to Washington State, from Colorado, ASU, UA, Duke, Washington and "a little bit" from Oregon State.

As for the local schools, he went to a junior day at Arizona but came away without an offer. He also plans on going to a junior day event at ASU in the coming weeks.

Strength numbers include a power clean of 275 pounds, a 470 squat and a 340 pound bench press.

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