UCLA Commit Checks Out WSU

La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat wide out Darren Andrews took an official visit to Washington State over the weekend and said he enjoyed his time in Pullman...

Darren Andrews committed last November to UCLA and visited the Bruins officially in December. He said he wanted to take one more visit to have something to compare and checked out Washington State over the weekend.

"I liked it, I had a good time there," Andrews said. "I like the coaching staff and the players were all real cool too. Gabe Marks was my host and I know him pretty well since we played against his high school team a few years ago. He's a great player and was telling me how much he likes it there and how it's good to get away from home.

"I talked a lot with Coach Leach too and he told me about the offense and how much they throw the ball. He said at some schools, your No. 1 WR may catch 80 balls and then there's a big drop off but in his offense, the No. 3 guy might catch 80 and everyone is involved. Coach Leach is already starting to turn the program around and at Texas Tech, I think they went to 10 straight Bowl games so he's a winner and great coach."

Andrews said he liked the small town feel of Pullman as well and is definitely intrigued by the program.

"It's a cool college town and I liked it a lot," Andrews said. "The people were great and everyone really respects Washington State football there. Coach Leach produced some great receivers in the past like Michael Crabtree and Wes Welker so he knows what he's doing.

"Overall, it was a good trip but I'm still committed to UCLA. I'll probably take the next week or so to talk things over with my family before making a final decision but it looks good for UCLA right now. They have a great program and I actually like the chance to play earlier at UCLA because they don't have much depth at the slot position.

"The WR Coach, Eric Yarber is my uncle and it would be cool to play for him. I know he would coach me tough and definitely wouldn't take it easy on me and that's what I want. I've never really worked with him in the past because he was in the NFL. When he was Arizona State, I visited him a few times but never did any one on one training so I'm definitely looking forward to that."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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