Ian Book, WSU's lone QB commit in the 2016 recruiting class, has flipped to Notre Dame, according to a report from Adam Gorney of Rivals.com.
Book is a consensus three-star prospect who is rated the 21st pro-style QB by 247sports. Here's what he had to say via Twitter:
WSU originally secured Book's commitment back in April, when he was the first member of the Cougars' 2016 class. Since then, it appeared he was doing a lot of recruiting on behalf of WSU -- not unusual for a QB who gets in the fold early -- even as recently as July. It sounded as if things were going swimmingly.
"I stay in touch with a WSU weekly and plan on setting up my official sometime soon," Book told 247sports.com's Lars Hanson. "I talk with Coach Harrell, Mele, Yost, Filani and Manning. Mostly Harrell though. We [Harrell and Book] have a great relationship. We talk about a lot of stuff. From football to recruits to just what I'm doing this weekend."
Something obviously changed, and perhaps that something is just as simple as getting an offer from a school as storied as Notre Dame. Now, WSU is left searching for another QB in this class. They're not really "scrambling," per se, as it's not all that late in the process, but it's definitely late-ish for schools of WSU's pedigree, since QBs tend to commit early -- as Book did this year, and as Tyler Hilinski did last year.
If you're curious, Rivals lists three other quarterbacks who have offers from WSU and have "medium" interest: Brennen Wooten (who recently committed to TCU), Cody Brewer and Justus Rogers. Rogers is from Bellevue High School, which means he runs a variation of the Wing T. I don't know if WSU is offering him as a quarterback or athlete.
At least one person tuned into WSU recruiting thinks Brewer might be the guy:
Corpus Christi (Tex.) QB Cody Brewer, a 6-6, 233 pro-style quarterback, is a name to watch for #Wazzu following Book's flip to Notre Dame.— Britton K. Ransford (@BKRansford) August 5, 2015
Here are the Hudl videos for each of them, but one quick (interesting) note - Scout.com lists WSU as having interest in Jordan Kitna. You might recognize the name.