Passing Down: Ian Book to Visit WSU

LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Ian Book talks Washington State offer, his talk with Mike Leach and the prospect of being coached by Graham Harrell should he choose Washington State after his visit next month.

LIVERMORE, Calif. -- It took a bit longer than he’d hoped, but El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge quarterback Ian Book finally got his first Pac-12 offer, from Washington State, with head coach Mike Leach making the offer, no less.

“We got to talk about other things than football, which was good,” said Book at the Passing Down 7-on-7 NorCal Regionals on Sunday. “We talked about lacrosse, and all sorts of other stuff. I had a lacrosse game that day, and he called me 30 minutes before.”

Leach – who has interests outside of football -- was eager to learn about the game.

“He said he’d seen a couple of games, and that he’d look more into it and check it out,” Book said. “I love it. I’ve been playing it for seven years now.”

Ultimately, next spring, Book will have to make a choice between training for his freshman year of college and continuing to play lacrosse, but for now, he’s still enjoying playing both.

“A lot of coaches have said they like it, because it keeps me athletic,” said Book, who completed 155 of 248 passes (62.5 percent) for 2,025 yards, 18 TDs and 7 INTs last season, while rushing 38 times for 55 yards.

Book’s been working hard on becoming more of a dual-threat quarterback this offseason, upping his speed and adding 10 pounds of muscle, with an eye towards visiting the Cougars on April 6.

“It’ll just be to go check it out. It’s going to be a big visit. I’m really excited,” he said. “Their offense, I really like. Throwing 60 times a game is pretty awesome, and it’s my first Pac-12, so I’m excited for that. They like that I can keep the plays going, if something breaks down, and they think I could be really efficient in their offense.”

Book is looking forward to speaking in person with assistant coach – and former Leach quarterback -- Graham Harrell, with whom Book speaks twice a week.

“He still holds some records, so it’d be great to play for him,” Book said. “I really just want to meet all the coaches, and make sure that I feel like that’s where I want to be for the next four or more years.”

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