Talking recruiting with Rich Rasmussen

CALEB SMITH and RICH RASMUSSEN

SAMMAMISH - How many signees does Washington State look to take this recruiting class? What's the key factor in landing early verbals for the Cougs? How did the talent shape up this past weekend at the Nike Northwest Elite Football Camp? For answers, we went to WSU recruiting coordinator Rich Rasmussen..

"I thought this year was good, I spent most of the time with the tight ends and linebackers," said Rasmussen, who coaches the tight ends for the Cougs. "But compared to the previous three years, this group really competed and was really attentive."

The level of talent that showed up for the Nike Northwest Elite Football Camp was solid, said Rasmussen.

"Kids in Washington might not have as many stars as other guys in west," said Rasmussen. "But they haven't had the same type of exposure. I think there is plenty of talent in-state."

In recent years Washington State has had success recruiting areas outside of Washington. Northern California has far and away been the most fertile recruiting ground, and states like Florida have also become key areas. So, has the success out of state changed their recruiting strategy at all?

"We start in state and then broaden our scope from there," said Rasmussen. "We are going to continue to recruit the state of Washington hard."

The Cougar coaching staff doesn't just plan on recruiting Washington hard. They plan on signing players, and they believe they know how to do it.

"It is mainly getting players over to see Pullman, getting their families to come with them," said Rasmussen. "We have a pretty good success rate when we get families over to see Pullman."

Washington State has twelve known offers out to in-state prospects at this point, and every single one lives west of the Cascades.

Washington State hasn't offered as many prospects as have some Pac-12 schools, but to say they have offered a low number isn't true either.

"We have about 100 offers out there, plus or minus a few," said Rasmussen. "Some guys have obviously committed so that number is always moving, you know how that goes."

Full classes the last few years mean that the staff will likely have less spots to fill than the maximum 25 scholarships a year allotted by the NCAA.

"We will (probably) sign about 18 players, depending on what happens with the current roster. Players leaving early, injuries could change that," said Rasmussen.


Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.
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