Reassessing Cougs' quest for 2011 QB

RECRUITING A QUARTERBACK is different than the other positions. It's rare to see a QB wait until their senior season to verbally commit. Teams rarely take more than one at the position. And it's gotten to the point that even having offers out to more than one can be risky. So where does WSU stand in its quest for a QB in the 2011 recruiting class now that two of their targets are gone?

Washington State this recruiting season has made three known offers to quarterbacks: to Trent McKinney out of Hawaii, and Californians Jimmy Laughrea and Cody Kessler. The last two on that list just verballed to Boise State and USC, respectively, while McKinney remains undecided. And with the athletic, 6-0 McKinney, his best position at the next level might be elsewhere than QB.

What's it all mean in the Cougs' search for a singal caller in its 2011 recruiting class?

Bottom line, it means this: There are lots of fish in the proverbial sea and patience is key -- though there's no time to dawdle.

Any good offensive coordinator is constantly turning over rocks for a QB. He not only has a Plan B when it comes to recruiting a field general, but a Plan C, D and E and is continually scouring the landscape.

The recently concluded May Evaluation period no doubt began with WSU's Todd Sturdy holding a good-sized list of prep quarterbacks he and his fellow assistants hoped to see live on high school campuses going through their spring workouts.

While there, they no doubt procured tape to bring back to Paul Wulff for evaluation and, ultimately, to determine if an offer should be extended.

WSU would no doubt love to get some of those potential offer-ees in the Cougs' summer youth camp late this month, although it can be difficult for, say, a guy in Southern California to pay his own way and travel up to Pullman.

Odds are there are five or six quarterbacks on WSU's short list, and those names will no doubt start to emerge over the coming weeks and months.

With the recruiting process getting earlier and earlier, can WSU still get a good one?

That's not even in question. Jason Gesser wasn't the first quarterback the Cougs offered for the '98 class. Kellen Moore didn't verbal until September. Stanford's Andrew Luck, whom many in the media are tabbing the Pac-10's best quarterback headed into the '10 season, didn't make his decision until July.

And chances are WSU will offer receive a verbal commitment in the next eight weeks from their quarterback, and he'll fit their system to a tee.


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