Cougs rolling with 5th verbal

<B>STEFFAN BLUME</B>, a super athletic 6-2, 210-pound linebacker from Clarkston who loves the coaches and facilities in Pullman has decided to stay close to home and play his college ball in a crimson uniform. He is the third verbal commit to come out of WSU's summer camp this week, the others being <b>Andy Roof</b> from Spokane (East Valley) and <b>J.T. Diederichs</b> from Seattle (Ballard).

"Washington State just offered me this morning and I told them that I'm going there," Blume told "They've got really nice facilities and all the coaches are great guys. I got along with all of them. Recruiting is going really good for them right now and I think they are going to continue to do well for at least the next few years."

Steffan holds Clarkston records for most tackles in a game (19) and season (87), set in 2002, garnering the league's Defensive Player of the Year honors for his hard work. "I don't know why, but I just love to hit guys," he said. "I've always liked football."

Blume's last 40 time was 4.7, electronically timed. He jumps 32 inches in the vertical, benches 325 pounds and power cleans 295.

WSU earned Blume's commit over interest from Boise State, Washington, Oregon and others. "I'll still listen to other coaches, but I know I won't find a better place to go to school for me than Washington State," Steffan said. "I'm probably just going to do the Washington State thing."

Ironically enough, Blume was just about to head off with lineman Brent Russum. "Yeah, he's my buddy," Blume said of Russum, from Clarkston's cross-river rival, Lewiston. "We're going down the Snake to go jump off some rocks."

Where does he think Russum, a talented player in his own right, will go? "I hope he comes with me to Washington State," Steffan said. "But I know he likes Oregon a lot right now too."

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