According to Scout, at least five high school players will be taking their official visits to the Palouse this weekend, as Mike Leach and Co. attempt to persuade them to play their college ball for the Washington State Cougars. Who will be here? Let's take a look.
Committed Players Visiting:
Tyler Bruggman, QB, Phoenix, AZ (✯✯✯✯)
Demarcus Ayers, WR, Lancaster, TX (✯✯✯)
Non-committed Players Visiting:
Sean Dowling, OT, Fallbrook, CA (✯✯✯)
Jake Roh, WR, Scottsdale, AZ (✯✯✯)
Nick Terry, DT, Elk Grove, CA (✯✯)
Dowling is an interesting prospect, and he's currently a UCLA commit. He originally verballed to the Bruins back in April, but is committed to taking his official visits. This has caused panic amongst Bruins fans, and his commitment has even been downgraded to "Soft". I don't understand the problem with a 17-year-old kid taking his allotment of free visits to schools where they'll shower him in praise for an entire weekend. Mrs. Kyle & I went back to a restaurant we knew we weren't choosing for our Rehearsal Dinner simply because we had a coupon for a free appetizer. Moral of the story: free stuff is awesome, and people courting you is too. Don't begrudge recruits who want to take all of their official visits, even after they've committed to another school.
Dowling is a big kid with a frame to add more weight. In many ways, he's the type of offensive lineman Paul Wulff would have gone after. He's listed as 6'6 and 265 pounds. He currently holds offers from UCLA, Oklahoma, Wazzu, Arizona, Arizona State, Army, Colorado, Cornell, Harvard, Michigan State, Navy, Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego State, and Vanderbilt. That's quite an impressive and diverse set of offers. Big time schools are after him. Ivy League schools are after him. Service Academies are after him. These three different types of offer mean he's good, he excels in the classroom, and he is high in character.
Dowling's highlights are available here. I highly suggest you go watch them. I really, really like what he brings to the table, and if we could steal him from UCLA, that would basically be the proverbial cherry on top. FIRE CHANTI DAN!
The Cougs don't necessarily need to beat Cal to pick up a verbal commitment from any of these kids, but it certainly doesn't hurt.
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