Will WSU in-home next week decide it for CB?
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Will WSU in-home next week decide it for CB?

WITH TIME WINDING down before Signing Day, WSU head man Mike Leach will be in several living rooms across the country making his final face-to-face meetings with class of 2013 prospects. On Tuesday night, both he and area recruiter Jim Mastro will sit down with a three-star cornerback who tells CF.C the Cougs are dead even with two other schools in his recruiting race.

Things are coming down to the wire for Oak Grove, Calif. product Chidobe Awuzie.

The 6-0, 185-pound corner tells CF.C he's still waiting to get that gut feeling on which school feels right. Awuzie is down to three finalists, Washington State, San Jose State and Colorado. After hosting the SJSU and Buff coaches earlier this week, Awuzie and his family will now prepare for one last visit from the Cougar coaches.

"I was supposed to host WSU this week, but it got switched to next Tuesday," Awuzie said. "I'm excited to talk with them because they've told me a lot of good news surrounding the program and when I was on my visit, they were telling me how things are going to turn around. They have good pieces in place and need me to come in there and play as a true freshman."

There's something else about the Cougar program that sticks out to Awuzie.

"They were my first offer," he said. "They saw my skill set before everyone else and Coach Mastro is my area recruiter and we have a good relationship. He knows my athletic director (Greg Brazil) very well too. I really trust him and he's a genuine guy. I know if I were to go to Washington State, he'd take good care of me."

Although Awuzie is high on Washington State, both the Buffaloes and Spartans are also major players in his recruitment. "I don't have a leader at this time and all three schools are the same for me," Awuzie said. "With Colorado, I hosted them on Wednesday night and things went great. I know their coaches well and they want to turn things around. They need the right pieces to come in as well and on my visit, I loved the facilities. They also have a great campus and the town is beautiful.

"With San Jose State, it's right in my home town. I know their defensive backs coach Donte Williams very well and he can teach me things that will help me in the long run. My ultimate goal is to get to the NFL. I've known him for about a month now, but I know he did a lot of good things at Washington (former grad assistant). He's knowledgeable of the position and can help me get to the next level."

In addition to his solid relationship with assistants, Awuzie has also developed strong bonds with the head coaches.

"Coach Leach is one of the most well-respected coaches in the country," he said. "He's honest and he's coached some great players that have gone on to play in the NFL. I can trust him and I know we could do some great things as Washington State.

"At Colorado, Coach Mike MacIntyre is another guy I can trust. He came over from San Jose State and has been recruiting me for a while now. He's a good coach and he's another guy who can help rebuild their program."

Awuzie said he has no other in-home visits scheduled after his visit with Leach and Mastro on Tuesday night. He added that he's going to take his time with his decision, which could lead up toLOI Day on Feb. 6.

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