4 star rated TE Josh McNeil was looking at the Cougs as an option, albeit a long shot option, due to his relationship with receiver’s coach Dennis Simmons who had previously coached at East Carolina. McNeil had committed to the Pirates before coaching changes led him to rethink his decision and re-open his options. Long story short, McNeil ends up committing to Alabama last month (one can only assume that the pro-style offense, along with Alabama’s NFL caliber production at that position behind Nick Saban was too good a draw to pass up) so he is off the table for Leach and Co.
Coach doesn’t do any waiting around though. Hot on the Texas trail again, he has targeted premier wideout Hunter Jarmon, a 6’1, 190 lb speedster from Waco. Some of the offers Jarmon holds are from Iowa St, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon State and SMU.
WSU has also offered 2014 wide receiver Mark Andrews from Desert Mountain HS in Arizona. The kid as a junior this season is 6’6, 220 and runs a 4.7 40 at this point. Andrews has offers from now at least 12 major BCS schools. Michigan, Oregon, Nebraska, Ohio State, NC, both Oregon’s, both Arizona’s, UCLA and Utah are also vying for his services.
For me, these offers cement the fact that Leach wants to not only scout Arizona and Texas for the occassional diamond, but he wants a share of the land. Hopefully by year’s end Wazzu can make a strong case as to why kids like Jarmon and Andrews could come to the Palouse and see just as much exposure and success as they would at “bigger” schools.