The Washington State Cougars welcome back their most complete wide receiving unit in school history for the 2014 season. In their 2013 campaign, WSU saw 10 players per game on average catch the ball and they are all back with the exception of Bobby Ratliff and Bennett Bontemps. Washington State is poised to boast the best receiving group in the Pac-12 in 2014 but there is a vacancy to be filled in Ratliff’s leave.
And that’s where 3 star prospect, Mr. Barry Ware comes in.
Barry is a tall, strong and fast wide receiver. Man where do I start? His height and vertical give Ware an immediate advantage in the air raid offense, especially in the red zone. The ball comes out fast and high and you usually have to be able to get up and take it. Well, Mr. Ware fits the prototype just fine standing at 6-2/6-3.
Next the strength, Barry is a very strong wide receiver. Weighing in at 195 lbs on some recruiting services to 205 on others (he’ll probably add another 10-15 lbs once WSU strength and conditioning gets a hold of him), Barry has entire highlight films of himself running poor cornerbacks over. This gives him a unique ability for the big play because just when you think someone is gonna tackle him, they’re on the ground and he’s in the end zone, much like Vince Mayle.
Last let’s talk about speed. Although he wasn’t the fastest wide out in this years recruiting class, he has an outstanding burst that allows him to surprise defenders and run past them destroying their angles. He’s got long strides and is faster than he initially looks (think Marquess Wilson length). He is an extremely important grab for this wide receiving group as he adds a big, strong, reliable target for the next several years.
Even though WSU is deep at the wide out position, don’t be surprised if this guy works his way into most the games this year. If he adjusts to the system well, he won’t have to redshirt.