Sep 14, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach (left) watches as wide receiver Dominique Williams (80) makes a catch before a game against the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Leach is rolling now, picking up another commitment out of the state of California today by the name of Calvin Green. Green had double-digit offers on the table, including Fresno State, Boise State, Arizona State, Wyoming and others.
Green is a player that Coug Nation is going to immediately be really excited about. At 5’10”, 165 pounds, he rushed for 1,178 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior last season, on just 57 carries! He also brings a different skill set to the table, the ability to catch the football from the slot, which is why he will be coming in as an inside receiver for Washington State. His 23 catches netted 543 yards and 6 more scores.
Washington State also now looks to have two candidates at punt and kick-returner in the 2014 class, as Green joins Inglewood receiver Zaire Andre in the smooth-runner department. Both can give the Cougs a home-run threat eventually, which is something the Cougs really haven’t had in several years. Each has an extra gear when he sees the end zone and has the ability to run away from somebody. True, Leon Brooks had a few “almost” returns last season and has a great sense for finding the space to make something big out of it. However he doesn’t have the killer instinct that either Andre or Green show when they hit the after-burners.
Back on point though, Calvin Green continues to raise the bar on a big-city-level recruiting for Leach and Co. this off-season. If you haven’t read it, we talked about that a few days back, and Burbank high school in Sacramento is yet another big-time addition to the prominent list of high schools and cities that Leach is targeting his prep-stars out of. Not that Sacramento hasn’t been a virtual California hot-bed for Cougar recruiting over the last several years. There have generally been a yearly group of 1-3 preps heading out of the city to play their college ball in Pullman.
Washington State has now picked up three 2014 commitments from California, two from Florida and one from the state of Washington. Half of those are inside wide receivers (Green, Andre and Keith Harrington), which suggests we probably won’t see any more of those this off-season. Other commits include quarterback Peyton Bender, linebacker Greg Hoyd and NT Marcus Griffin. To this point, the Cougars are having their best numbers in early commitments ever.