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WASHINGTON STATE HOSTED only one official visitor this weekend, but a) they improved upon their already impressive official-visit-to-commit ratio and b) he was a big one, literally. The 6-6, 292-pounder has given Paul Wulff his verbal pledge and gone crimson, becoming Wulff's 15th known verbal commitment in the 2011 class. And linebacker C.J. Mizell's passion and performance played a key role.

OT Rico Forbes (6-6, 292) out of Navarro College, about an hour south of Dallas, says Wazzu blew his doors off this weekend.

Forbes said players like DT Dan Spitz, CB Daniel Simmons and others helped make his decision an easy one. And give a big assist to C.J. Mizell.

"They made me feel like I was at home," said Forbes. "I had a great time up there… and at the game, I was really impressed with all of them, but I was so impressed with the freshman linebacker, C.J. Mizell. His heart impressed me. How he and the team really fought back impressed me.

"I went up to him and I let him know that after the game -- that he was one of the key aspects of my decision."

Forbes has three to play two at the next level and said he plans to receive his AA this winter, which would allow him to enroll at WSU in January and participate in the Cougs' spring ball session. He moved to the offensive line this spring at Navarro, and he'll play the o-line at WSU.

"I committed yesterday after the game," said Forbes. "It really wasn't what I was expecting. I had heard of all the wheat fields around, I knew it was a smaller town -- but I didn't know there was such a wide variety of things were over there.

"It's such a great community, it's a real college town. Everyone was focused on the game, and everyone there, the fans, they were all supportive of the team. I did all my research."

FORBES, ORIGINALLY FROM Houston, jumped onto WSU's radar initially because of Devard Darling, who had 18 receiving touchdowns for the Cougs from 2002-03. Forbes and Darling are close friends, and Darling is his guardian's cousin.

"I let him know immediately of my decision when I made it. He was really excited, he's really supportive of it. He wants me to have a great time there and keep focused," said Forbes.

WSU OFFENSIVE LINE COACH Steve Morton surprised Forbes.

"He has a really nice record of developing (o-linemen). I found out a lot about him this weekend, I didn't know he was that (experienced) a coach, all of the stuff he's done all over the Pac-10. And he wanted to know -- a lot -- about me as a person, and he wanted to know my thoughts on subjects. I really liked that… and coach Morton told me he got some film on me the other day and he was really impressed, so I guess he liked what he saw enough to offer me," said Forbes.

WHAT ABOUT THE game, one where WSU had to mount a furious comeback in order to beat FCS opponent Montana State -- did that give him any pause? The answer was a firm no.

"What I found out about them this weekend, I really feel like they are headed the right way," said Forbes. "I really feel the program will return to what it was before, the Pac-10 championship type years of (2001-03). I talked to coach Wulff about that…He had to do a lot of remodeling. And I really found out why – it's such a young team.

"They have a lot of young freshmen they're trying to mold into top players. And I really feel like that is the only problem with Washington State, that they're such a young team. Most of the top teams, their players are mainly juniors and seniors around the nation. Washington State is playing mostly freshmen and sophomores. Their maturity last night in the fourth quarter showed me what they can become."

Forbes, originally a three star defensive end coming out of St. Pius, had offers from Texas A&M, Baylor and others. Academics necessitated the junior college detour but he's on pace to graduate with his AA this winter at Navarro, and says he plans to make up for lost time in rapid fashion.

"I'm ready to be there in January," said Forbes.

Forbes becomes Paul Wulff's 15th known verbal commit in the Cougs' 2011 class, joining DT T.J. Poloai, RB DaMarcus James, QB Cody Clements, WR/LB/ATH Brock Lutes, LB/SS Darryl Monroe, WR Isiah Myers, WR Henry Eaddy, CB Spencer Waseem, DT David Davis, RB/LB Chester Sua, LB/DE Logan Mayes, S Max Gama, TE Max Hersey and RB Bishop Sankey.


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