Three-star WR weighing Bruins and Cougs

A THREE-STAR WR prospect from the Los Angeles area was in town this past weekend. He came in committed to UCLA and found the college town vibe in Pullman a welcoming experience. How do things stand now on his leaderboard?

Bishop Amat High's Darren Andrews isn't used to college town life. Having grown up 20 miles from downtown L.A., the 5-10, 160-pounder found a much different experience out on the Palouse.

"It's basically just a small college town and there's nothing really around it," Andrews said with a laugh. "In L.A., I'm used to a big city, so Pullman was way different for me. It was cool though. I liked it a lot and it gave me a good vibe for what Wazzu is all about."

Andrews didn't flip his commitment on his visit. He entered the weekend with UCLA as his top choice and the Cougs a close second and that remains the case, but Andrews said he's still considering WSU.

"At this point UCLA is still my favorite, but I just need to think about some things and go from there," Andrews said. "It was nice to see what WSU had to offer compared to UCLA, so now I'm going to go home and talk to my parents about it before making my final decision. I'll know for sure where I'm headed before signing day, but I'll probably make the call in about two weeks."

A COUG PLAYER who made a strong pitch for the Cougars over the weekend was Andrews' host and freshman WR Gabe Marks. The former four star wideout from Venice High in L.A. showed Andrews around town and explained to him the easy transition from life in California to the Palouse.

"Gabe showed me around the campus and it was nice to see everything and the new facilities they're bringing in," Andrews said. "He was telling me how it's different up there, but in a good way if you want to get away from home. We played against each other when he was in high school so we already knew one another. He likes it up there a lot and he told me it's a great small town where everyone knows who you are."

Andrews said he also enjoyed spending some quality time with freshmen Keith Ewing, Kache Palacio and Teondray Caldwell.

"I just enjoyed getting to know the coaches and hanging out with some of the players the most," Andrews said. "Everyone was in town for school this weekend, so it was nice to see what the energy around Pullman was like with everyone on campus."

Head man Mike Leach also made an impression on Andrews.

"I talked with him and he was telling me about his offense and how he throws the ball a lot," Andrews said. "He's had players come through like Wes Welker and Michael Crabtree, which is cool. He was also telling me how Wazzu is going to come back on top and how this class will help them move forward. He really wants me to be apart of it."

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