One of the more intriguing prospects in the state of Washington’s 2017 recruiting class is Edmonds Woodway’s Ali Gaye and this past weekend the 6’6″, 250-pounder hauled in an offer from one of the in-state Pac 12 schools.
“Washington State offered me when I went over for their Junior Day (on Saturday),” Gaye told Northwest Elite Index. “Coach (Eric) Mele is the coach that has been recruiting me and he said they really had been watching my film and they liked the way I played and that they wanted to offer me.
“It was exciting to get the offer. They are a good program and they are in-state, so that’s always good.”
In addition to his offer from the Cougars, Gaye also has offers from Idaho, Wyoming, Cal, Hawaii and Arizona and he’s getting attention from several other schools.
“I’ve been talking a lot with Colorado State, Boise State, Central Florida, Northern Arizona, Washington, BYU, Portland State, Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona State and Montana,” Gaye said. “A lot of schools have said they like me and they will be stopping by my school next month, so things have been going pretty well (on the recruiting front).”
As a junior last season, Gaye played on both sides of the ball for the Warriors, but it was on defense that he had his biggest impact, posting 50 tackles and eight sacks, a noticeable jump from his sophomore season when he posted close to 40 tackles and three sacks.
“I feel like I played much better this past season, but I still have a lot of things I need to improve on,” Gaye told NEI back in February. “One of the main things I need to do is get back in the weight room and get stronger and faster.”
Gaye said he’s been looking at different camps that he can attend this spring and summer, but he hasn’t made any official plans at this point on which ones he will attend.