BREAKING: Cougs land ‘over the top' WR

IN RECRUITING, IF you're really serious about it, you watch every single piece of tape you can get your hands on. A wide receiver out of California says WSU saw his reel on the internet this spring and things moved quickly from there. When WSU offered, he says they told him he reminded them a lot of a freshman All-America wideout on their team. On Thursday night, the 6-2, 180-pounder went crimson.

Travis Gardner (6-2, 192) out of Chula Vista, Calif., about 10 minutes outside San Diego, said he really climbed onto the radar of WSU area recruiter Rich Rasmussen because Rasmussen was pouring over internet tape on youtube.

"He saw me on youtube this spring. I guess he had coach (Paul) Wulff look at it and then they contacted my high school coach and he got hold of me -- it was pretty exciting, my coach telling me that Washington State wanted to offer me," said Gardner, out of Eastlake High.

Gardner, who has clocked a 4.49 in the 40, verballed to WSU sight unseen on Thursday night. He plans on taking an unofficial trip in August and checking out the Cougs' fall camp.

"They said my speed and athleticism were what they liked -- they told me my athleticism was over the top," said Gardner. "They said I remind them a lot of a guy on their roster (Marquess Wilson) a wide receiver who was a freshman all American last year."

As of Thursday night, Gardner's youtube video, uploaded six months ago, had amassed only 160 hits.

Gardner was hearing from UCLA, Arizona State, UNLV, San Diego State, Nevada, New Mexico and others. On a team that ran 430 times to 142 pass attempts in 2010, Gardner had 24 catches for 423 yards (17.63 ypc) with 3 TDs as the Titans went 11-1.

Gardner said the fact Rasmussen and Wulff were "straight forward and have the best of intentions for their players and program" were deciding factors in his choice to commit. "They really care about their school and their players," he said.

"I just felt like Washington State was such a great school. Their style of offense, they switch things up -- they can run the spread, they can switch things up and run just about everything. And I felt like I could have impact. To go play at Washington State, a team on the rise and in the Pac-12, that's exciting," said Gardner.

Gardner becomes the eighth known commitment in the 2012 class, joining DT Maurice Bennett, RB Terrell Davis, S Taylor Taliulu, QB Austin Apodaca, MLB Jordan Pulu, S David Bucannon and WR Dalen Jones. The Cougs are projected to take 18-20 in the 2012 class when Signing Day arrives in February.

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