RECRUITING: Cougs not yet done in Florida?

THE COUGARS CAUGHT recruiting fans by surprise during the 2011 cycle by making a decided and successful push into Florida. There are four Floridians in Paul Wulff's 2011 class, three of them -- all early high school graduates -- are already enrolled at WSU. But recruiting-wise, with Signing Day this coming Wednesday, the Cougs may not be done mining the Sunshine State..

Three-star safety Rodrick Ryles (6-1, 192) out of Orlando, Fla. is looking hard at Wazzu, he tells CF.C.

A man of few words, Ryles said he enjoyed his official visit to Washington State back during the weekend of Jan. 14, particularly his conversations with assistant Chris Ball.

"He's a really good coach," said Ryles.

But there is stiff competition for the prep player who led the state of Florida, all classes, with seven picks his senior season. Ryles tripped to Pittsburgh this past weekend, saying he enjoyed the atmosphere and facilities. This weekend will be his final visit, to West Virginia, and then he'll likely take some time before making his decision, saying it will probably not come until Signing Day.

Not coincidentally, Ryles said he's deciding between that trio of school -- with Washington State, Pitt and West Virginia the frontrunners.

RYLES WAS originally committed to Arkansas but they pulled his ride in December, telling him they were dropping him to use his scholarship at another position.

Dr. Phillips has fielded one of the state's best defenses the past two years and in 2010, Ryles racked up 103 tackles including the playoffs. He concluded his prep career as the school's all-time interception leader (15).

Ryles named to the the All-County and All-Central Florida first team defensive squads. He's ranked No. 25 on the Orlando Sentinel's 2011 Central Florida Super60.

RYLES' TEAMMATE AT Dr. Phillips High this season, Darryl Monroe, has been in his ear for a while now, telling him he'd look good in crimson. Monroe sent him a Facebook message the other day, said Ryles.

"He's up there now, he's at Washington State," said Ryles. (In case you missed it, see the CF.C story on Monroe and Forbes and the other five early enrollees here).

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