Multi-talented RB gives Wazzu trip high marks

A SHIFTY, EXPLOSIVE running back out of California concluded his unofficial visit to Washington State on Monday. How did things go for the RB who sliced and diced his way to more than 1,750 hashes his junior campaign? For starters, he said the one thing that stood out most to him was…

The future of Cougar football.

Jamal Morrow (5-8, 180) out of Heritage High in Menifee, Calif., about 45 minutes south of San Bernardino, loved everything about Washington State -- from the campus tour to the community feel, he said his crimson experience was one to remember.

So with all the fun he had, did Morrow, who holds offers from WSU and Utah, pull the trigger and commit to the Cougs while in town?

"I didn't commit," Morrow said. "They want to me go back and think about it and I still want to take an unofficial to Utah. I'm also planning on taking official visits to both schools once the season starts."

Morrow did say, however, that WSU stands out right now as his favorite.

MORROW WAS IN Pullman Sunday evening through Monday morning for a short visit to as part of a family road trip up the West Coast. Although brief, a strong impression was made.

"I loved the whole campus and the whole vibe," Morrow said. "I like how they are looking to upgrade the facilities. In all, it was just a great campus and college town."

Morrow said he's stayed in frequent communication with area recruiter Eric Morris. The two have created a close bond, something Morrow said is important in his recruitment process.

"He told me how it's going to be a new Washington State and how they're moving forward," Morrow said. "They're looking to build some good things for the program in the future."

AS A JUNIOR, Morrow rushed for 1,777 yards on 207 carries, good enough for an 8.59 yard average. But his pass catching skills might be just as attractive to a school like WSU running the Air Raid offense. Morrow showcased solid hands and receiving skills in the backfield, grabbing 15 passes for 139 yards.

Indeed, his versatility is something he said the WSU coaching staff loves about his game.

"They like that I can do everything in their offense," Morrow said. "They like that I can run, catch and block. I feel like I can do everything the coaches ask me to do. I'm definitely a combo running back."

ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT for Morrow was the opportunity to talk with some of the incoming freshmen that recently arrived to the Palouse. He met fellow Californians WR Gabriel Marks and LB Jeremiah Allison, who told him WSU was a great place with a top notch community.

He also took in some time in the film room, which opened his eyes to a potential future on the Cougar backfield.

"From the film I was able to watch, I noticed the running back gets the ball in the passing game a lot," Morrow said. "That was definitely something great to see for me."

MORROW SAID WSU and Utah are recruiting him the hardest right now, with Oregon State showing some late interest. He added he is in no rush to make a college decision.

"Maybe if a school pops out and I really like them I'd probably make an early decision," Morrow said. "But I'm planning on taking all my officials and making sure I find the right fit."

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