Cody O'Connell is 6-foot-8 and 340 pounds so the Wenatchee, Wash., offensive tackle is an imposing figure and his size combined with his ability helped him land his first offer from Washington State.
O'Connell, who was one of the more impressive-looking prospects at the U.S. Army National Combine, went to the Washington State junior day this past weekend and the Cougars jumped on board.
"We've been talking for a little bit, they send letters, but no real actual talking," O'Connell said. "I showed up at the junior day and someone pulled me aside and took me to coach (Mike) Leach's office and we started talking and he offered.
"We talked about the offense and we started talking about stuff. He was stressing the fact he wanted me to be a Cougar and he said I had the offer."
The Wenatchee standout said he really enjoyed his visit to Pullman and especially got along well with the new coaching staff. He's going to take things slowly in his recruitment but Washington State will definitely be a consideration as things continue.
"I like the coaching staff," O'Connell said. "They seem nice and they're obviously successful because many of them came from Texas Tech and they had a good run there. I like the offense and it's going to be a good thing for Washington State.
"I kind of want to take it slow though. I want to look around and make sure I pick the right school."
A lot more could happen for O'Connell, who said he's mainly been hearing from Oregon State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Washington, Utah, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and others.
He's expected to return to Washington State for a spring practice and plans to visit Washington sometime this off-season as well.