WSU unofficial knocks Cali LB's socks off

THE COUGS ARE looking for an outside linebacker to pair with incoming middle 'backer Jordan Pulu in the 2012 class -- and one high energy defenseman with a WSU offer was in Pullman this week with mom in tow. After speaking with him, it's clear the crimson experience knocked them both out.

"We just (finished up the visit) with the coaches. Oh man, I absolutely loved it here, everything about it, I can't say enough," Sam Awrabi (6-3, 240) told CF.C on Thursday as he got ready to fly back to California later in the evening.

Awrabi, however, did not commit, and a decision could still be a long ways off.

"I haven't committed yet but I'm definitely closer to making a decision.. I just don't want to rush it, and once I make it, I want to be done. There are other schools that still might offer but that's not really why I'm waiting… and I don't have a timetable, I just got done with this trip and now it's time to focus on playing well and making a good senior tape…a decision could come soon but it could also come later after the season, I really don't know when," he said.

One thing he was sure of, his visit experience. Awrabi said his mom also had the same reaction.

"She loved it, she loves that it's a real college town -- you come here and you're going to play football, study and get close to the community," he said.

The three-star prospect racked up 95 tackles and eight sacks as a junior -- including a monstrous 33 tackles for loss. He was named first team All-Valley and boasts a 36-inch vertical.

AWRABI SAID THE three other schools apart from WSU that he's looking at hardest are USC, ASU and Utah. All are telling him they're highly interested but are not ready to offer him at this time.

"I want to try and get my dad up here to WSU with me on the official, I really want my dad to see this. We're talking about doing the official later in the year, probably during the high school playoffs. My bye week during the season didn't match up with one of their home games unfortunately," said Awrabi, who noted Fresno State, UNLV and SJSU also remain in the mix.

Awrabi said the Cougs like him at outside linebacker but he could play the LEO or perhaps even put his hand down at defensive end.

"It's probably outside linebacker but we talked about my physical attributes and athletic ability… so they'll just try me out and see, we're open to everything," said Awrabi.

Awrabi said he is now done with unofficial visits and the focus now shifts to his senior season. But he said he'll remember his WSU experience for a long time.

"I just loved the trip, I loved it here," said Awrabi. "Coach Paul Wulff, his story, his character, his leadership, how he's building the program to win championships, how he talked about his team's covenant – all those things were huge to me. I was also talking to coach (Todd) Howard and his whole philosophy and style of coaching matches perfectly with me as a player.

"And the facilities, what they're going to be are amazing. They're going to be the best in the Pac-12… I really think this could be the place for me."

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CF.C's Braulio Perez contributed to this report.

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