Sizing up Wazzu's running back recruiting

WITH THE SPOKANE grapevine growing increasingly louder that Bishop Sankey ultimately will choose lavender and gold come Signing Day, looks at a trio of other running back prospects whose game tape, résumés, and speed suggest they might look good in crimson and gray. Each of the three is, or believed to be, seriously in the Cougar orbit.

MARCUS MASON (5-8, 175), Etiwanda, Calif.

He shows up well on film. His prep coach sent his tape to WSU earlier this month (before Sankey's official visit to WSU), and the Cougs responded by extending an offer, according to the Daily Bulletin in Ontario. You can see his 2010 midseason highlights below.

Mason is scheduled to officially visit WSU this coming weekend according to the newspaper. He rushed for 1,623 yards and 15 TDs this past season (7.7 ypc) but serious interest didn't come until after his transcripts and tape were sent out in late December.

Mason has a reported 40 time of 4.38 but on tape he looks more quick than ultra-fast, even reminiscent at times of CougGreat Jerome Harrison's running style.

Marcus Mason Highlights

DALLON MUSE (6-0, 185), Atwater, Calif.

He's another southern California running back emerging late. He is a contact-first guy, though he is said to have surprising speed.

His league's Offensive MVP and the Merced Sun-Times' All-Area Player of the Year, he was a two-way standout, starring at running back and defensive back. He rushed for 1,519 yards and 18 TDs in 2010, despite playing the entire season with torn ankle ligaments. He put up similar numbers as a junior in 2009.

Also a track and field star, Muse has clocked a personal best of 11.14 in the 100 and 5'8" in the high jump.

COREY DAVIS (5-11, 180), Gladewater, Texas

He has also been under school's radar much of the recruiting season, despite the fact ranks him the No. 64 running back prospect in the country. Shifty but with power, he rushed for 1,745 yards with 28 TDs this past season, earning Class 3A All-State honors.

It was unknown at press time if WSU had offered Davis or had scheduled him for an official visit but reports the Cougs are showing interest. Davis however has expressed a recent affinity for Pitt, saying he might commit while on his official there this weekend, according to reports.

Other schools showing sudden interest include Texas A&M and Oklahoma State, says Scout. You can see his highlight video below, his running style is also reminiscent of Harrison's, and on some fly seeps and other runs, the Rodgers' brothers at Oregon State.

Corey Davis Highlights

Sankey, who verbally pledged to WSU over a year ago, continues to publicly maintain he is committed to WSU. He also continues to take trips, (he has one scheduled for UW this weekend) and sources in Spokane as well as sites that cover Husky recruiting have been indicating with increasing frequency that Sankey will in the end sign with Washington. He is said to be enamored with Huskies running backs coach Joel Thomas.

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