Friday, May 30, 2008

A Verbal in May - Who Knew?

We have our first verbal commit for the class of '09. Yes, clearly this staff gets the whole "recruiting" thing. See, you actually go out and RECRUIT kids, and not wait around to see who's available in November. OK, that's a shot at the prior staff. But it is what it is. Remember, Wulff had THREE commits to WSU when he took the job in mid-December last year. So you tell me which approach is the right approach.

Enough of that. Geoff Meinken is a 1-star recruit straight outta Lynnwood who looks pretty interesting. 6-4, 250 and runs a 4.6 as a DE/RB hybrid. Per (and that's where we RIPPED off the picture above):

Biography: A three-sport standout (football, basketball and track). All-league honorable mention in football in 2007 on defensive line. Also rushed for nearly 700 yards that season from tailback spot. Good frame, good feet. Gained 30 pounds between start of his sophomore year and end of his junior year.

Something called says this:

"Committed to Washington State. He says that he fell in love with the campus and team during his three day visit. " Cool. From the personal pic to the right, you can see that he was into it.

The Kitsap Sun had a good write-up about him, including some quotes from his high school coach. The amazing thing to me? He's still JUST 16 YEARS OLD and he's 6-4, 240 and runs a 4.6-40?? Wow. And he's strong as an ox too, per the article:

"The potential for him is sky high," Lynnwood coach Dorian Manza said. "He's a real young senior. He benches 300 (pounds), dead lifts over 500, squats over 400."

As noted above, he's a hoopster and track athlete as well. Here's a look at some of his track numbers. If you are too lazy to click over, just know that he's got personal bests of 11.73 in the 100, 24.63 in the 200, 41'2" in the shot, 16'3" in the long jump and he ran the second leg of a 4x100 relay team that placed 3rd in the district with a time of 44.68.

In hoops, he played some power forward for Lynnwood. Not a big stats guy, he averaged 5.8 points per game last year, with five games in double figures in scoring. Lynnwood is losing a decent amount of seniors off their current team, so he could have a much bigger scoring season next year.

Still, not bad for a 16-yr old growing into his frame. He put on 30 lbs in one year, what will he look like when he shows up in Pullman next year, after he turns 18? With that kind of size at his age, you can probably forget about him playing RB at the next level. We are probably talking about a quick, 270-lb DE by the time he shows up. And don't get too down about the 1-star ranking. WE never get caught up in the star ratings around here anyway, but usually you see the 1-stars this early in the recruiting season because they basically haven't been fully evaluated by the analysts. He has probably flown under the radar for a while. Oregon and UW were on his list, but he said WSU was coming after him the hardest. Best of all, it's a good fit for the young man. Welcome to the family Geoff!


Atlantacoug said...

I was 16 as I went into my Senior Year. And look how I panned out.

Sedihawk said...

Just a babe in the woods there ATL! Just like Meinken, you were throwing around 300+ on the bench like those plates were angel food cakes, right?

Seriously though, he sounds like he could be a sleeper. Maybe a year from now we're looking at a real force.

kaddy said...

Atlanta was roughly the same weight, just six inches shorter.

Sedihawk said...

Easy Kaddy. We aren't all as genetically blessed as you. Your waist size might be the width of a football, if that.

Hey, what are you doing here anyway? I thought you bailed on us and cozied on up to coffee-n-tobacco breath of Grippi??

kaddy said...

Sorry, didn't realize you and Atlanta were that tight. I also must have missed the fine print in our contract about visiting other websites...won't happen again.

Sedihawk said...

It's all good Kaddy. You've been quiet lately and I saw your comment to Vince about how happy you were to have him back in your life. I thought we lost you, that's all. :)

kaddy said...

C'mon, man. You know me better than that - I think.

Not much going on lately, so there isn't a whole lot to comment about. Although I will say that we're going to the Columbia River Cougar Club auction this Friday night in Vancouver, so I'll give you a recap. This auction has historically raised the most money for Cougar Athletics every year, even more than the Spokane auction, and a LOT more than the football banquet, which is pretty interesting. We bought a table this year, and none other than McSnapper himself will be there, with his new wife, too.

Anonymous said...

Yeah this staff gets the recruiting thing!


Evidence please?

Calvin Schmidke, known coke fiend. It takes 18 infractions to finally rescind his letter. What a joke.

Sedihawk said...

Coke fiend? "Anonymous", if that is your name(?), that's really frickin' lame. From what we've heard, from people that know him and his family, he's a kid that thought he was above a lot of things, including the law. He thought he shits birthday cake, arrogant, you name it. He's learned his lesson, and the relationship is over. Period. I wish him luck wherever he ends up.

And this staff does get recruiting. You have to remember, mid-December when Wulff got the job he had three commitments, when everyone else in the conference were in double-digits. The fact they compiled any sort of recruiting class is a minor miracle. Wulff's rep among in-state coaches is top-notch and will pay off down teh road. They are busting their butts out there, harder than the prior staff ever did. It will take some time, but they will rebuild the culture.

You are welcome to comment here. But please, if you choose to comment in the future, don't be anonymous and claim someone is a coke fiend. That's really weak.