The buzz is building around what new head coach Mike Leach will bring to the Palouse and the kind of offense Washington State will possess going forward. On Monday, they added another offensive piece to the puzzle, receiving a verbal commitment from wide receiver River Cracraft (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita).
Cracraft said Washington State's sports management program played a big role in his decision, as did his relationship with Coach Leach, inside receivers coach Eric Morris and running backs coach Jim Mastro. But the Cougars new offensive system factored in as well.
"The Air Raid offense is any wide receiver's dream," Cracraft said. "I talked to Coach Morris and he thinks I can fit in anywhere on offense--H, X, Y, Z--and they can move me around."
Cracraft battled nagging injuries last season and finished with 42 receptions for 554 yards and two touchdowns for an Eagles team that was dominant on the ground. This spring, Cracraft fought through a slight shoulder injury to serve as the primary target during 7-on-7 events.
The 6-foot, 205-pound receiver said he wasn't looking to make an early commitment, but everything felt right to do so on Monday. Now he'll look to get in touch with some of his fellow Washington State recruits, starting--as any good receiver would--with quarterback Tyler Bruggman (Phoenix/Brophy Prep).
"I definitely think Coach Leach is going to turn the program around," Cracraft said. "The coaching staff is unbelievable."
Cracraft is the seventh commitment for Washington State and the third added over the past three days.