As keeping with the new team policy of no official visits for game weekends this season, WSU will not be hosting any visitors for Saturday’s matchup with Stanford. However, a group of top recruits will visiting unofficially on their own dime.
UPDATE: According to his Twitter account, Lukas McKenzie, a safety prospect from Reno (Nev.), will be in Pullman tonight on an unofficial visit. The two-star, listed at 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, was previously committed to Nevada and also holds offers from California, Colorado State, Fresno State, Kansas and Washington State.
2016 commit and 3-star wide receiver Grant Porter will be in Pullman for the game, he announced on his Twitter account. Porter has had an injury-plagued senior year but is expected to suit up next week. He has been receiving some recent recruiting interest from Cal, so hopefully this visit will lock him in with the Cougs. Here is our story on Porter.
Mike Leach will also welcome a couple of stud quarterbacks as 4-star 2017 targets Connor Neville and Tristan Gebbia make their way to God’s country. Neville, who announced his visit plans on Twitter, is a big-time recruit from Oregon with high interest in WSU, which I covered here. Gebbia is a 6-foot-3, 180-pound signal-caller from Kardashian country, Calabasas, California. He has offers from Alabama, ASU, Louisville and Nebraska and 247sports.com ranks him as the seventh best pro style quarterback in the country. Rivals.com analyst Adam Gorney reported Gebbia's visit. Here are some highlights of Gebbia.
Cougfan.com also is reporting on a few other visitors, but those are behind the paywall, so we'll go ahead and respect that and just point you in their direction if you want to pony up for a subscription. That said, we'll keep an eye on Twitter today for public confirmation of any other unofficial visits to Pullman this weekend.
All in all, it's already shaping up to be one of the biggest unofficial visitor lists we've seen in Pullman in a long time.
NOTES from Britton Ransford
Sandy Ringer of the Seattle Times profiled Washington State commit D'jimon Jones, detailing the three-star's competitive nature both on and off the field. Jones, previously thought out for the year after suffering a broken ankle in week two, has already returned to the field at defensive back. Last season a similar unfortunate situation popped up as he came down with mononucleosis, though he was able to return late in the year, helping push Federal Way into the state playoffs.
"All these things that have happened have taught me to go hard every time I step on the field, because it could be my last time," Jones told the Seattle Times.
Jones, a dual-threat quarterback and defensive back for the Eagles who his coach says is "one of the best pure athletes he's seen in 20 years," returns for the second consecutive week tonight, needing a win to grab the SPSL North's final playoff birth. You can bet that Jones, a future cornerback for the Cougars, will be laying it all on the line after battling back from health issues for the second consecutive year.
"I don't like to lose," said Jones. "I like to be the best. I like to compete in anything, anything they put in front of me. If someone's going against me, I'm trying to win. It can be video games with my little brother or other brother, I just always want to win. And if I don't, I'm mad, and I'm like, ‘Let's play again,' 'cause I'm going to win."