Alabama and Florida -- doesn't that seem a bit off the beaten path for WSU recruiting?
Yes, it does. But co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball has ties to those areas and Paul Wulff has offered Alabama middle 'backer Desmond Lavelle, plus four from Florida -- WR Henry Eaddy, WR Isiah Myers, S Corian Hamilton and MLB Darryl Monroe. So count on Ball to have plane tickets in hand for 'Bama and The Sunshine State.
Note: Bump that list from five up to eight. It was reported Monday morning WSU has offered three more Florida prospects out of Tampa -- ATH Frankie Williams, WR Ruben Gonzalez and DE Tevin Newman out of Robinson High received scholarship offers Monday from Washington State.
With this trio, the connection to WSU is special teams coordinator/running backs coach Dave Ungerer, who mentored former Robinson star Javier Arenas at Alabama.
DURING THIS recruiting period, the Cougar coaches rotate -- seven coaches are allowed on the road at any one time, so the nine WSU assistants will sub in and out, with each likely to spend three weeks in canvassing high schools and burning up the jet fuel.
During that time they'll hit as many high schools as they can, talk to as many high school coaches as they can, and ferry back miles upon miles of highlight tape for Paul Wulff to evaluate along with the rest of the WSU staff.
The May Evaluation Period actually started on April 15, and it runs six weeks. But a school is allowed only four weeks of the six, excluding Memorial Day and Sundays, to visit high schools and evaluate prep football prospects. With Wazzu's spring ball running through April 26, the Cougs have backloaded the process, and will use their four weeks to hit the trail from now until the period's end.
IT SOUNDS STRANGE to say but in the current climate, the Cougs are actually being judicious with their offers to this point -- some schools have taken the 'cast a wide-net' approach and have tossed out offers to 70-plus prospects already, while WSU has offered about 47.
Still, the number 47 represents a sea change from where things were just a few years ago. Three years ago, WSU hit the road for the May Eval period having extended just 11 offers. The 47 full rides at the start of May this year is also thought to be a record for WSU.