Cougs tied for first w/ 2 others, says Marsh

ALPHONSO MARSH, one of the top 100 corner prospects in the nation, dubbed his official visit to Washington State last weekend "great" and said all his questions were answered. The result? The Cougs are tied for first with two other programs for the services of the Compton (Calif.) Dominguez High product.

"It was great and really snowy up there," said Alphonso Marsh.

He was hosted by WSU sophomore safety Deone Bucannon.

"We hung around with the players and toured the campus. I was surprised at how big and nice the campus was for small town school," explained Marsh.

Marsh went into the trip with questions about his intended major, kinesiology and his ability to get on the field early.

"I got all my questions answered. I found out lost of good things about their academics programs and I was also able to meet with a professor, which was pretty cool," said Marsh. "There is also a good chance for me to get early playing time. They want me to come in as a true freshman and play corner."

Before travelling to Washington State, Marsh had already taken official visits to Washington and Utah.

So how did the Cougars stack up against Marsh's other Pac-12 favorites? "Washington, Utah and Washington State are all tied for first place," he said. "It's going to be a tough decision. I don't even know how I am going to decide, I am just going to sit down with my family and have them help me."

In efforts to break the tie, Marsh has scheduled a couple of in-homes for this week.

"Last night the Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham and defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a came by to see me," said Marsh. "It was great, they told me more details about their program. And tomorrow Coach (Dennis) Simmons and Coach (Mike) Breske from Washington State are coming over."

Since Marsh is already torn between three finalists, he says he is unsure if he will take his final official trip, to Hawaii, this weekend.

"I think taking the trip out there will probably make my decision even harder, but I will probably get over that and end up taking the trip," said Marsh. "I am going to decide by tomorrow if I will go to Hawaii."

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