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Recruits flooding Pullman for WSU’s Crimson and Gray game

A 5-star recruit from Seattle highlights an exceptional group of unofficial visitors.

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The move back to Pullman from Spokane for the Washington State Cougars spring game is proving to be quite a boon for football recruiting. Through reporting from 247sports.com and players’ Twitter accounts, we are seeing seven players so far planning a trip to the Palouse this weekend.

The biggest name of the group is unquestionably Kennedy linebacker and five star recruit Sav’ell Smalls. The 6-foot-3/220-pound outside linebacker is the top player in the state as well as the best player in the country at his position and the 7th player overall, according to 247. WSU has managed to get into the mix for Smalls by offering him the chance to play running back unlike the rest of the top programs recruiting him.

Another in-state player making the trek to God’s country is Monroe wide receiver JR Little. The 6-2/175-pound 3-star recruit is coached by former WSU receiver Micheal Bumpus. Little is mostly seeing interest from Ivy League schools so far, as well as the Cougars.

A couple of roadgraders from the west side are also reportedly tripping to eastern Washington. Camas lineman Caadyn Stephen is a 6-6/295-pounder who is ranked the 16th best player in the state. He holds offers from the Cougars as well as Colorado, Cal and Oregon State. He definitely has the frame that offensive line coach Mason Miller looks for in his unit. Eastside Catholic lineman Jernias Tafia could be a fit on the interior on both sides of the ball. The 6-4/325-pounder is considered the 27th best player in the state by 247 and holds an Arizona State offer.

Every year the Air Raid attracts big-time quarterback recruits and this weekend is no exception, as Lexington, Kentucky, signal-caller Beau Allen is traveling all the way to Pullman. Allen is a 6-2/203-pounder who is rated as a high 3-star prospect and ranked as the No. 19 pro style quarterback in the country. He holds offers from lots of big programs like Georgia, Michigan and West Virginia.

Menlo, California, cornerback Justin Anderson has been a Cougar target for awhile and is reciprocating the interest this weekend. The 6-foot/165-pound Anderson is a 3-star recruit who holds offers from Boston College, Iowa State and Utah.

One player who will be a featured recruit next year and who will be here this weekend is Lebanon, Oregon, linebacker Keith Brown. The early No. 1 player the for the state of Oregon for 2021 holds offers from both in-state schools and is a 6-1/220-pound inside run-stuffer.

The move back to Pullman for the Spring Game is already looking to be a smashing success, at least recruiting wise.

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