BREAKING: Cougs land OT from Bayou Country

IT MAY BE the bye week for Washington State but Paul Wulff just keeps on reeling in offensive line commitments – in fact, Wazzu's latest addition is the sixth prep hoss in the last six weeks to have gone crimson. The future Coug is an athletic, prototypical left tackle prospect, one who can flat out move on the gridiron, and dunk a basketball. CF.C talks with the newest member of WSU's '12 class..

Louisiana's Pierson Villarrubia (6-5, 270) has gone crimson.

"I committed. It was basically because as soon as Washington State met me, they were all over me. I could really tell they wanted me, I wasn't just going to be a guy filling a spot, they really kept letting me know how much they wanted me and that made it the right place to be. I feel like it's going to be a great place to spend the next five years of my life," said Villarrubia.

Villarrubia, who has designs on a pre-med degree at WSU. averaged about seven pancake blocks a game last year as a junior.

"WSU said they really liked my athleticism and foot speed -- they said it was very rare to find someone as big as me who can move like me," said Villarrubia.

Villarrubia said Wulff also told him that he offered because of his character and that he's a "neck up" kind of guy. Villarrubia has maintained a 3.5 GPA throughout high school in a curriculum that includes honors classes.

"When I was up there and talking to coach Wulff this summer, he said my personality will fit in really well with the program," said Villarrubia.

BUT HOW DOES a guy from Louisiana end up getting offered by and committing to Wazzu?

His mom lives in Spokane and contacted Washington State, Villarrubia came out to Pullman on an unofficial visit during the summer and got his tape to the coaching staff.

And he evidently shows up very well on film, because shortly after that Paul Wulff extended to him a scholarship offer.

Villarrubia is a member of the first-ever senior class at Lakeshore High. The school opened for the 2009-10 school year and sits about five miles northeast of Mandeville, about 30 minutes across the water from New Orleans. Villarrubia and Lakeshore meet Chalmette tonight.

He was seeing varying interest from Vanderbilt, Tulane, UW, Oregon State and others.

"I'm really excited to be a Coug, I'm ready to get this thing started. I'm focused on my high school season because that's the most important thing right now. But I'm ready to be a Coug, I can't wait," said Villarrubia.

Villarrubia becomes the 16th known commitment in the 2012 class, joining OT Fernando Villanueva , OT Eduardo Middleton, OG/C Sam Flor, OG/C Denzell Dotson, OT B.J. Salmonson, WR Rashad Jackson, CB Vershad Jackson, WR Travis Gardner, 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 19-20 for the 2012 class when Signing Day arrives in February.

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