DAVE EMERICK, Washington State's recruiting coordinator and chief of staff, spent some time…
Prep coaches share insights on new Cougs
Scout ranking: Four stars and the 25th best QB nationally
Coach: Scooter Molander
Coach insights: "You're not going to find a smarter guy than Tyler. He's a 4.2 student, a great leader and is an extremely hard worker. He throws a very accurate ball and has great work ethic on the field and in the video room. He can throw the ball on the run and makes people miss in the pocket. I think it's a real nice fit for him at Washington State. I think Leach's offense and style of the play is the reason why he fell in love with WSU. He has a quick release and his fine footwork. That's required in Leach's offense and I'm really looking forward to seeing him play."
Player: Midwest City High (Oklahoma) offensive lineman Carlos Freeman, 6-3, 290-pounds
Scout ranking: Three stars and 25th ranked Center in the land
Coach insights: "With Carlos, true student athlete comes to mind. He was our teams only all-state football player and was part of our schools 4.0 club that awards letter jackets to those who achieved that GPA while at Midwest H.S. He also finished third at state in wrestling last season and is currently ranked second. Once wrestling is complete, he will join our four-time state powerlifting team in an attempt to capture their fifth title in a row. He also throws the disc for the track team. The other day I also saw him preforming in a one-act play. Washington state has a young man that will represent them very well on and off the field." Player: Santa Margarita (California) Wide receiver River Cracraft, 6-2, 205-pounds
Scout ranking: Three stars and 159th ranked WR in the land
Coach: Jeff Grady
Coach insights: "River is a very savvy receiver who is a big time route runner and also has a great feel for reading coverages. He is a sure handed receiver and did everything that was asked of him. River led the team in receiving with 56 receptions for 935 yards and also played cornerback, safety, and returned punts. River was one of the top players in the Trinity League, which many regard as the most competitive league in the country."
Player: Kennedy High athlete Cole Madison, 6-5, 265-pounds
Scout ranking: three stars and 42nd ranked offensive guard in the land
Coach: Bob Bourgette
Coach insights: "He's 6-5, 265-pounds, but he's got the foot speed of a back. He's very talented and the thing is, he has so many things he can offer WSU. He went to one of their camps over the summer and really baffled Leach and his staff. He has great receiving skills and the coaches told him he'd get a look at tight end. He can run and he has great hand-eye coordination. If tight end doesn't work out for him, he's a lock to be an offensive guard or center. He could easily put on weight and become a 300-pound kid. They also like him at defensive end, so there's a lot of things he can do. He's a versatile kid, who can be a great offensive baron for them. You don't find many guys who can move like he can at his size. He'll knock your head off."
Player: Heritage High (California) running back Jamal Morrow, 5-8, 180-pounds
Scout ranking: Three stars and 84th ranked RB in the land
Coach: Kraigh Broach
Coach insights: "He's the best high school football player I've been around. As a running back, he has tremendous vision and he's strong. People want to question size, but he's not small at 5-9. He has a powerful lower body and he is a tremendous player. He's a complete back. He's one of those guys who loves to run inside, but he can make you miss outside as well. Overall he's a special kid. Once he decided on WSU, that was it and there was no entertaining anything else. He's a grounded human being and a special player."
Player: Newport athlete Isaac Dotson, 6-3, 210-pounds
Scout ranking: Three stars and 85th ranked safety in the land
Coach: Mike Miller
Coach insights: "At the next level, I can see him playing any number of positions. He has great speed and intelligence for the game on both sides of the ball. What really sets him apart, though, is his leadership. He's a phenomenal leader that kids respect. He's naturally gifted, but he doesn't rest on that. He's a hard worker with a drive for excellence in the classroom, in the video room and on the field. He can bring a lot to the table and I think WSU is lucky to have a guy like Isaac. Wherever he ends up playing, he'll be able to make the guys around him better."
Player: Lynden offensive lineman Matt Meyer, 6-6, 290-pounds
Scout ranking: Three stars and 59th OT in the land
Coach: Curt Kramme
Coach insights: "He's one of the best, if not the best offensive lineman we've ever had here," Kramme said. "We've had some good ones come out over the years, but his combination of size and athletic ability really separates him from other guys his age. He's really strong too. He works really hard in the weight room and when you have a guy who has that size and athletic ability, I think he's going to be able to compete at the Pac-12 level."
Player: Eastside Catholic cornerback Markell Sanders, 6-1, 175-pounds
Scout ranking: two stars and 143rd best CB in the land. Grayshirting, expected to join program in 2014
Coach: Jeremy Thielbahr
Coach insights: "He fits the mold of a cornerback who can come in and make an immediate impact. He's big, long, lean and a fast player. He's going to have his ups and downs like everyone else might have, but he has a huge amount of upside and we're excited about his opportunity at WSU. He was an early commit and they stuck to him. The coaches over there have gone above and beyond in the recruiting process and it's been great to see. He was hurt in our second game and wasn't able to play his senior season. WSU stuck with Markell, which is a big deal because it shows the honor of a Cougar offer and how they coaches stuck with him through thick and thin. The coaches have taken heat for pulling a recent offer (Myron Turner) but they've been supportive of him and we surely are thankful for the honor and integrity they've had in dealing with him."
Note: Thielbahr played for the Cougs from 1997-2001 and was a two-year graduate assistant from 2002-03.
Player: Wenatchee High offensive lineman Cody O'Connell, 6-8, 350-pounds
Scout ranking: Two stars and 132nd ranked OT in the land
Coach: Scott Devereaux
Coach insights: "Cody was a man among boys this season. He is not only large in stature, at 6-9, 355, he has strength to match (390-pound bench bench). Cody works very hard at his skills. He has excellent feet, long arms, and wants to win. He wants to compete with the best."
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