Future Coug's official visit an eye opener

IT WOULD BE understandable. After all, future Cougar WR River Cracraft left California early Saturday morning on an official visit to WSU and had his plane turned around due to wildfire smoke, then missed almost all of the game -- and what little he did experience were the tail moments of a stunning upset loss. So you might think he didn't have a banner time at Wazzu. But you would be wrong…

"I loved it," Cracraft said of his official to Washington State. "I can't wait to go there."

Cracraft and his dad, coming from Santa Margarita, Calif., were nearly on the ground when the landing was aborted due to smoke from the wildfires. His flight was diverted to Seattle. A later flight got them into town but he barely saw any of the game.

"I did get to see a practice though (Sunday)," said Cracraft. "I really liked the way it was run, I like how they get in, get out, get their stuff done. I loved it. It's different, it's a college town, but I loved it.

"My dad, he loved it too. Both my parents can't wait to get up there and watch the games."

AS LUCK WOULD have it, CF.C's Braulio Perez was on the same original flight that got turned around and had a chance to talk with Tracy Cracraft, River's father.

"Boise State is still trying to pick at River a little bit," Tracy said. "They haven't offered yet but he went to their camp and balled out pretty well there. They're still trying to scoop in on him but that's not going to happen. He's a Coug all the way."

Cracraft had offers from UNLV, Nevada and Wazzu at the time he verballed.

"Wazzu seems to have everything a receiver like River would love," the elder Cracraft said. "You have the Air Raid and just the whole energy of the school is amazing. We've been to Colorado, Colorado State, Nevada, Air Force and Boise State to talk football and Wazzu just has a great chemistry with their boys."

CRACRAFT SAID HE got some quality time in with area recruiter Jim Mastro and inside receivers coach Eric Morris. He was hosted by fellow wideout Gino Simone.

"Gino is a really good leader. I like the way he treats everyone. Brett Bartolone, I had a really good connection with him too," said Cracraft.

Cracraft through five games this season has 23 receptions for 444 yards (19.3 ypc) with six TDs. His yards per catch is tops on the Orange County Register's leader board among those with 20 receptions or better while his 88.8 receiving yards per game is in the top ten.

"I'm happy to be part of this program, and I can't wait to become a Cougar," said Cracraft.

Cracraft said he was the only official visitor at WSU this weekend, although there was another verbal commit who was there on an unofficial trip. Look for his story Thursday on CF.C..

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