Trio shows expanding reach of WSU recruiting

THE RECRUITING WORLD continues to get smaller due to technology -- tape is available on so many more prospects than ever before and social media makes communication that much easier. And that means Washington State has the information available so as to offer scholies to players that they might not have just a few years ago. Take this trio for example...

Washington State doesn't have an area recruiter assigned to canvas the state of Louisiana. O-lineman Pierson Villarrubia, the lone member of the Pelican State on the Cougar roster, practically fell into the Cougars' lap, Mike Leach said after his first Signing Day (his mom lives in Spokane and dropped off his tape to WSU.)

But the South has been a key ancillary area for Leach given his ties there. And Leach has always said that if a far-flung prospect expresses a level of interest in Washington State, and his tape indicates a skills set commensurate with the Pac-12 level, the Cougs may well dip their proverbial toe in the water.

Three known prospects from Louisiana already hold 2015 offers from WSU -- just a week removed from Signing Day for the 2014 class.

They are RB Kirk Merritt (5-11.5, 200) out of Destrehan, CB Xavier Lewis (6-0, 180) from East Saint John High in Reserve, and DE Isaiah Washington (6-5, 250) from Edna High in New Orleans.

There are, of course, other schools situated closer geographically than WSU to Bayou Country and who have long-established ties to Louisiana high schools. At the same time, it only takes one success story to shine a bright light on a territory outside a school's "norm."

If Villarrubia, for example, should blow up this spring out on the Palouse, a whole lot of people will suddenly begin talking about how the Cougs "stole" him out of Louisiana, (something the trio in the clips below will also be aware of...)

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