NCF On The Trail: Eastern Washington Eagles

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: One of the best 2015 prospects in Kansas City learned a lesson about how to handle the recruiting process by watching his teammate go through it this past fall; Iowa picked up commitments earlier this week from twin offensive linemen, helping the Hawkeyes make recruiting waves in the Big Ten; and a West Coast running back is starting to move up the charts with coaches.

Moore savvy about process

Cali QB Cade Apsay picks Buffaloes

June, 19, 2013
Colorado landed a commitment Tuesday from quarterback Cade Apsay (Canyon County, Calif./Canyon), the Daily Camera reports.

Arizona, Eastern Washington, New Mexico and Northern Colorado also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-1, 179-pound prospect. Boise State showed interest.

Apsay received congratulations from his high school offensive coordinator, Alex Reinwald, in Tweet:


Last fall, he was named league offensive player of the year after throwing for 3,333 yards, 33 touchdowns and 14 interceptions and rushing for 341 yards and 15 more scores.

Colorado has four verbals for the Class of 2014.

Deon Martin Jr. lands with FCS program 

February, 12, 2013
One-time California verbal Deon Martin Jr. (Bakersfield, Calif./Stockdale) signed with Eastern Washington of the Football Championship Subdivision, according to the school's official website.

Martin is a 5-foot-8, 189-pound running back whom ESPN considers the nation's 66th-best running back in the nation. His evaluation states, "Martin is a small but explosive package at the running back position. He may be short but is thickly-built, compact with a wide power base. ... He can run between the tackles, get outside, pick up the blitz and catch the ball out of the backfield."

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Three-star WR Long finds a new home 

February, 2, 2013
Three-star wide receiver Sammie Long (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) thought his future was set early in the recruiting process. He committed to in-state Washington last March. However, the two recently parted ways, and Long had to consider new options.

In the last two months, he took official visits to Montana (Dec. 7), Idaho (Jan. 11), Colorado State (Jan. 18) and Eastern Washington (Jan. 25). Friday, he announced for Jim McElwain's Rams.

Nevada also offered the 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior. Programs such as California, Georgia Tech, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington State showed interest.

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Black Knights add Caleb Newman 

January, 24, 2013
According to the Bellingham Herald, senior Caleb Newman (Lynden, Wash./Lynden) has pledged to sign with Army. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end/linebacker was also recruited by Air Force, Eastern Washington and Washington State.

"There were a lot of things that I loved about it," he said. "The community they have out there is a post. Everybody that works or is associated with the school lives there. The head coach's house is on the post, and all the players hang out just down the road. His wife makes everybody pancakes. I just loved the feeling there. There were all these old buildings. The school was built in 1803 by guys like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. There were a lot of old buildings and history there."

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Wingfield brothers check out Nevada 

November, 12, 2012
Their season is over, but recruiting is starting to heat up for twin brothers safety Eric Wingfield and running back Errian Wingfield (Fresno, Calif./Sunnyside).

Neither holds an offer at this point, but both were invited to Nevada this past weekend for unofficial visits. It was their first opportunity to experience that as a recruit, and they enjoyed everything about the trip.

"I had a good time meeting the coaches," Eric said. "It was a good opportunity to see what college is like. When I was a little kid, I always wished to be on a college field to watch a game and talk to the coaches."

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Austin Rehkow relives 67-yard field goal 

October, 25, 2012
Austin RehkowMason Kelley, RecruitingNationAustin Rehkow recalls the media whirlwind that followed his 67-yard field goal last week.
When Austin Rehkow lined up for a 67-yard field goal attempt last week, the last thing on his mind was making SportsCenter.

The Spokane Valley (Wash.) Central Valley kicker never expected to end up on Good Morning America either.

Even after he hammered the ball toward the uprights and sent it sailing through for the game-tying field goal as time expired against Spokane (Wash.) Shadle Park, he thought, “Oh, it’s a GSL (Greater Spokane League) record. That’s pretty cool.”

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Bruins lose two 

January, 26, 2012
Two-star safety Ilaiu Moeakiola (Euless, Texas/Trinity) and three-star offensive guard Mario Yakoo (Spring Valley, Calif./Steel Canyon) are no longer committed to UCLA, multiple sources report.

Both prospects committed to former head coach Rick Neuheisel, who was fired in December.

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