Cougs putting pen to paper in recruiting QB

QUARTERBACKS GENERALLY GO early in the recruiting process -- last year the Cougs received the verbal from Spokane's Connor Halliday in mid-June. One field general with a crimson offer of a full ride is receiving passels of handwritten letters on a regular basis from the entire WSU coaching staff.

Trent McKinney's mailbox in Mililani, Hawaii keeps filling up with bunches of handwritten letters from Paul Wulff and crew.

"Some of them say I should come be a Coug. And then others say I must be a Coug," laughed McKinney. "I've been getting mail from all the coaches, they're all handwritten letters. They said I would look good in Washington State colors in the fall, they want to see me in the crimson and gray in 2011."

McKinney said he's also dialed up the WSU coaches 2-3 times over the past month or so, with good conversations ensuing.

"They have a really high graduation rate, their academic program is really good," said McKinney.

AS THE QUARTERBACK for Mililani High in '09, McKinney made plays with both his arm and legs -- he passed for appx. 1,900 yards, with 20 TD passes against six interceptions his junior season. He rushed for around 500 yards, with seven rushing scores.

An honor roll student, McKinney also recently received a nomination to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl football game.

With the May Evaluation period now ongoing, McKinney said WSU is scheduled to come by his school soon to talk with his coach.

"I think they're coming next week," said McKinney.

OTHER SCHOOLS IN the mix and showing increasing interest include Colorado, Nebraska, Arizona and Stanford, though none have yet offered a scholie.

"The Stanford coach said that he liked my film, and that with my grades I can qualify to go there," said McKinney. "He was talking about quarterback, he told me he'd like to see me at their camp but if I can't make it out there (being from Hawaii), he'd understand.

"Arizona came down and was looking at my transcripts. He said they were going to watch us my senior season. When I talked to him he hadn't seen my highlight tape yet."

MCKINNEY WAS IN Los Angeles in April and took part in the NIKE camp event there.

"I did pretty good for the most part," he said. "It was basically one-on-ones, seven on seven's and drills."

  • Of the 400-plus nominees, 90 will ultimately be selected and invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

  • The last time Wazzu went to Hawaii for a quarterback, Jason Gesser and Washington State went to the Rose Bowl.

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