"I'm going up to Washington State on Sunday morning," said Max Gama. "They just let me know (Wednesday) night I'd be coming up so we're kinda scrambling around getting ready. But they had let me know about two weeks ago that it was a distinct possibility."
The Cougs oversigned this past recruiting class, knowing that some in the class were longshots to qualify. A source close to the situation tells CF.C one of those players who was on the bubble, Wendell Taiese, is heading to a junior college, which opened up a spot for Gama.
"I'm stoked, I can't wait to get up there and hit someone," he said.
Gama was listed at 195 pounds last year but said his playing weight was more like 179.
"I've put on about 20-25 pounds since then, I'm 6-0, 203 pounds right now," said Gama, who said the Cougs like him at either safety or weakside linebacker.
Gama will join OL/DL Alex Mitchell, who arrived on campus Thursday, has been accepted into WSU and is waiting on the final okay from the Clearinghouse, as two of the perhaps final three 2011 WSU class members and who are likely to go through their first practice with the Cougs on Tuesday. (Note: Monday is the first day of classes and no practice is scheduled for that day.)
The third player is wide receiver/return man Rahmel Dockery, (though Eli Edwards could potentially also arrive and spend the season rehabbing his surgically repaired knee in Pullman). Dockery didn't return messages this week but a source close to Dockery told CF.C on Friday morning the situation is still in flux as to whether he'll receive clearance from the NCAA or not, and that Dockery is "very close, about as close as you can be, just have to wait and see if he's out there on (Tuesday), or maybe it even takes a little longer."
INCOMING: Gama on his way to WSU
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