First there was Klay Thompson. Then there were River Cracraft and Riley Sorenson. Nick Begg followed a year later. Now, you can add 3-star wide receiver Kyle Sweet to the list of players taking the pipeline from Santa Margarita Catholic High School to Pullman. Sweet verbally committed on Thursday, according to Britton Ransford of WazzuWatch.com.
Sweet received an offer from WSU late Thursday night and didn't need much time to think about it sending in a verbal commitment roughly two hours later. Being a wide receiver from the same high school, Sweet is naturally drawing comparisons to Cracraft and at least from a production standpoint, that might not be far off. According to Britton, Sweet racked up 89 catches for 1,338 yards this season.
@b17anderson - I was told he's "River Cracraft but quicker" tonight.— Britton K. Ransford (@BKRansford) December 19, 2014
River Cracraft is a really damn good player so getting Cracraft but with better anything sets the bar high for Sweet. Rivals lists Sweet at 6-foot and 183 pounds. That looks to be fairly accurate and while he'll likely need to add some weight at the next level, Sweet is far from Robert Lewis when he came out of high school.
Looking at some video, I'd guess Sweet is more of an inside type, possibly a good fit at the Y spot behind Cracraft. I'd expect a redshirt season, but it wouldn't be a shock if WSU had an all Santa Margarita Y receiver depth chart at some point. Although he doesn't jump off the screen in the way a player like Calvin Green did, Sweet does a lot of things really well in his highlights. Here are Brian Anderson's quick thoughts:
Outstanding hands, great body control and technique. Positions himself between defender and ball to make an over the shoulder catch on fade routes. Great route runner, plant and go on his routes.
A quarterback's best friend. Sweet also kicked extra points, punted, played some quarterback and safety. Sweet Joins Deontay Burnet as the only receivers currently committed.
Here are his 2014 highlights.