Although National Signing Day isn't until February, the early signing period got underway on Wednesday and few of WSU's teams got in the act. The men's basketball team signed four players, the baseball team added a few new recruits, even the golf teams got in on the act.
One player who never went through the signing day process is WSU starting quarterback Luke Falk. If you've paid even minimal attention in recent weeks, you likely know the basics of Falk's story. He added some depth to that story recently, going into detail about the offer from Florida State and more. Kyle Bonagura of the ESPN Pac-12 has the story.
According to Falk, Florida State offered him while he was visiting the school prior to his junior season of high school. After being forced to sit out most of his junior season, Falk hadn't received any other offers, but still thought he had the FSU offer. The proved to not be the case.
"I went down for the camp thinking I still had the offer and they pretty much said, ‘No, you don't have the offer anymore. You didn't have junior year film,'" Falk said, via ESPN. "It was kind of surprising. It was a bad plane ride for me back home, but it only motivated me more."
He did pick up some interest during his senior season, but not from power five schools. Idaho offered at one point, but Falk opted to pledge to Cornell instead. When the Cornell coach left for the CFL, he weighed his options and Idaho no longer was one.
"I kind of got my offer pulled from Idaho with the new staff, so that's kind of embarrassing," Falk said. "Recruiting was real rough."
Mike Leach might need to send Paul Petrino a gift basket for pulling the Idaho offer. I'm guessing there aren't very many players who had scholarship offers pulled by Florida State and Idaho in the same recruiting cycle. Talk about a wild ride. WSU won't play Florida State during Falk's career -- unless it's in a bowl game -- but the Cougars will play Idaho in 2016. If Falk continues to play like he did against Oregon State, he may get a chance to show Idaho what it missed out on.
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