The Cougars have added again to their 2016 recruiting class, this time with wide receiver Josiah Westbrook of Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash. The news was first reported by Cougfan.com
Westbrook is rated a two-star wide receiver by Scout who carried offers from Washington State and Hawaii before giving his verbal this afternoon. Other schools such as Boise State and Washington have some interest in Westbrook, but haven't officially offered him yet, something to pay attention to as the 2016 National Signing Day gets closer in months to come.
Two Offers And Counting For Squalicum's Josiah Westbrook | Northwest Elite Index http://t.co/tM0hnwjeVZ— NorthwestEliteIndex (@NWEliteIndex) June 6, 2015
Listed as 6'2 and 177 pounds, Westbrook fits the mold as a future outside receiver in the Cougar offense, drawing physical comparisons to current WSU receivers Kyrin Priester and Gabe Marks. Westbrook becomes the third wide receiver added to the 2016 class joining athletes Renard Bell and Jalen Thompson.
A three-sport athlete at Squalicum, Westbrook helped lead Squalicum to their first ever state appearance this past fall, while also a stand-out on the basketball court and running track. His speed sets him apart from the rest; his Hudl page claims he can run a 4.56 40-yard dash and after watching his tape I believe it. In one highlight, he adds an additional 20 yards to a catch with a defender wrapped up on him. Eventually it takes two defenders to take down Westbrook in full stride (see 1:14).
Also worth noting is that his high school quarterback is Christian Jorgensen, a preferred walk-on for Washington State this fall after turning down scholarship offers from several D-II schools and Eastern Washington. If Jorgensen is ever able to make any starts under center while at WSU, these two already have some serious chemistry together and could wreck havoc on opponents.