Three-star DL with Coug offer has a leader

IT WAS A memorable trip to the Palouse over the weekend for one of the defensive line prospects with a Wazzu offer. So good in fact, he won't be wasting any time in returning to Pullman.

Bellevue's Marcus Griffin was expected to unofficially trip to WSU this coming weekend -- but he ended up visiting Pullman a week early.

On Friday the defensive tackle got a tour of the campus and took in Saturday's practice at Martin Stadium.

It couldn't have gone any better, he said.

"I loved everything about my trip," Griffin said. "The atmosphere in Pullman is just amazing and it was great because I got to talk to a lot of the players, coaches and trainers. They're all working towards the same goal of getting Washington State to the Rose Bowl and back to the top where they used to be."

GRIFFIN MADE THE trip with friend and Skyline offensive guard Reggie Long and his family. Long is yet to be offered by WSU, but has been receiving increased interest.

Griffin plans to return east over the mountains on Thursday or Friday with his father to take in a Cougar Scrimmage on Saturday.

So why return to Pullman so quickly?

"I just want to get back there as soon as I can," Griffin said with a laugh. "The campus is just so beautiful to me. It was clean and unique and I fell in love with it. I like how Pullman is a small city too. I don't really want to go to college in a big city. I want to be somewhere where it's football and school, so that I'll be able to focus and not have any distractions."

THE 6-3, 280-POUND Griffin currently holds offers from Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado State in addition to WSU. He added that he also thinks offers could be rolling in soon from Arizona State, Boise State and Cal.

However, he was adamant in saying that there's one school at the top of his list.

"The Cougs are my number one choice right now hands down," Griffin said. "Everything out there feels right to me. I didn't commit during my trip because I decided I wanted to come home and talk with my family first. They were my first offer and that's very important to me because it shows they have faith in me."

Griffin is ranked three stars and the 36th best DT in the land by He was also recently named as the eighth best defensive lineman on the West Coast by

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