BREAKING: Cougs land versatile Cali playmaker

WASHINGTON STATE has long tapped the California recruiting pipeline and that was showcased once again Monday night. WSU received a verbal commitment from a versatile playmaker, a guy who could play either cornerback, running back or inside receiver at the Pac-12 level. And he tells CF.C he couldn't be happier about his decision to go crimson.

Jamal Morrow is a Coug.

The multi-faceted prospect out of Heritage High in Menifee, Calif., contacted CF.C just moments after hanging up the phone with the WSU staff, letting them know he was going crimson.

"I'm on Cloud Nine right now," Morrow said. "I'm just so excited right now. It feels so great and I can't wait to get to Pullman and play for them. Go Cougs!"

MORROW VISITED WSU on an unofficial visit back in late July and said he loved his time out there. The experience of the trip was in the back of his mind for the last month and a half, leading up to his big decision Monday night.

"I just felt like it was the right time for me," Morrow said. "I love the coaching staff and the new facilities they're bringing in are great. There's plenty of excitement around Washington State football and I want to be a part of that." A MAJOR ASSIST belongs to Wazzu assistant Eric Morris.

"He's my area recruiter and we have a great relationship," Morrow said. "That was definitely a drive force in my decision. I've talked with him every week... he was always available. It was just awesome to be able to stay in touch with him."

As a junior, Morrow rushed for 1,777 yards on 207 carries, an average of 8.57 yards per run. He also showcased his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield by hauling in 15 passes for 139 yards. (Morrow has received wide acclaim as a running back in high school but his skills are such he could also be a Pac-12 corner or an inside receiver.)

IN ADDITION TO WSU, Morrow also held offers from Utah and Northern Arizona. He said the decision ultimately came down to being able to play for Mike Leach.

"He has an explosive offense and I want to be a part of it," Morrow said. "My commitment is solid and I don't see myself changing my mind. I'm going to stay with Washington State." RANCHO VERDE COACH Pete Duffy had high praise for Morrow after playing against him and Heritage recently.

"He's a scary running back and is a great player," Duffy said. "He's not real big but he's so tough, he can carry the ball 30 times a game and never get worn down. He just keeps coming at you and gets stronger as the game goes on. He can wear a defense down all by himself."

"He's a powerful runner with excellent balance and toughness. He's quick through the hole, breaks tackles and always makes that first guy miss," says Scout.com's Greg Biggins.



NOTABLE NOTE: Washington State now has 15 known commitments in the Class of 2013, a total that includes two grayshirts from the previous class -- OL B.J. Salmonson and WR Robert Lewis.


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