January 10, 2007
With the 2007 recruiting class finally rounding into shape, let's take a look at how the Cougs have done with the top talent within the state of Washington. Recruiting within your state is always a key to any program that has talent within its borders.
Coug verbals: Marshall Lobbestael, Oak Harbor
Others offered: Jason Munns, Kellen Kiilsgaard, J.T. Levenseller*
It was a whirlwind as the Cougs were notified of Lobbestael by an art teacher at Oak Harbor High School, then after receiving tape of him decided to offer. Lobbestael took little time to decide he was going to be a Coug. He has all of the physical attributes (strong arm, good accuracy) as well as having led Oak Harbor to the 4A title. There is also a possibility that he could help with 2008 prospect Rodrick Rumble, who will get his choice of schools when all is said and done.
Munns chose BYU over Washington State, Kiilsgaard chose Stanford and it appears that the Cougs were never an option.
An interesting case is Levenseller. He has an offer from the Cougs as a wide receiver and from Eastern Washington as a quarterback. However, another school that finished ranked in the top 25 could jump into the fray as a potential grayshirt option for the son of the Wazzu offensive coordinator and further muddle things.
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