Three-star DB checks out Wazzu

THINGS HAVE NOT come easy for three-star cornerback Sulaiman Hameed. After tearing his ACL, he sat out the entire 2012 season and didn't know what the future had in store. However, he holds two Pac-12 offers, including one from WSU, and recently tripped to the Palouse for an unofficial visit. He tells CF.C things went so well, he's already planning a return trip for the near future.

Before he tripped to Pullman on Saturday, Hameed said he didn't know what to expect from the Cougar coaches and players. However, the Alameda, Calif. product had nothing but positive things to say about the college-town vibe he received while out on the Palouse.

"Man, it was just great," Hameed said. "I actually really liked it out there. Just because Pullman is a small town, doesn't mean anything. There was a ton of spirit and everywhere you went, people were yelling Go Cougs! I was really impressed by the campus too. Seeing everything was a great experience."

Hameed, who is being recruited as a corner and safety, also made the 40-minute trek to Lewiston to check out Washington State's second day of fall camp.

"Seeing them out on the field was definitely the highlight of my trip," the 5-11, 185-pounder said. "You can always see what's on paper, but seeing them in action was great. What stood out to me the most was the way the coaches handled themselves. To me, there's a difference between a coach who goes out and just yells at his players and a coach who takes pride in teaching guys how to play the game.

"I saw their defensive back coaches really showing technique and teaching. That stood out to me and I really appreciated that."

AS FOR HIS recruitment, Hameed said he was kind of shocked to pick up his offer from the Cougs back in early June. The three-star talent had a strong sophomore campaign in 2011, recording 41 tackles and three interceptions, but he missed 2012 after suffering an ACL tear during the preseason. He is back near 100 percent, though, and currently holds offers from WSU, Arizona State and UC Davis. Schools like UCLA, Washington, Oregon, Cal, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Northwestern, Arkansas and others have shown increased interest too.

"On top of my offers, some of those other schools have said they just want to see my first few games to make sure I can still move around," Hameed said. "I'm feeling great right now, though. I'm close to 100 percent and I just passed my nine month mark from my injury. I'm still being monitored by the doctors, but I'll be ready to go full force for my senior season."

WITH SO MUCH college interest, Hameed said he's already in the process of planning official visits for the fall.

"I know I'll take officials to Washington State and Arizona State for sure," Hameed said. "With Washington State, I'm working on setting up the dates right now with Coach Jim Mastro. He recruits my area and we talk about every other week. He fills me in on stuff going on with the program. He's a good guy and we have a good relationship going right now. It makes me excited to get back up to Pullman to visit and check out the game day atmosphere. I'm looking forward to being around the players and coaches again."

Hameed added that he's planning on doing plenty of research before picking his college.

"I'll most likely make my decision right around midseason," Hameed said. "The Pac-12 is showing me a lot of love and I'd like to stay on the West Coast. We'll see what happens at the start of my season too because I might pick up some new offers. I'd like to look at all my options and see what's best for my family and go from there."

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