Future Coug: An amazing Apple Cup experience

IT DIDN'T TAKE long for wide receiver commit Vince Mayle to feel "it" on his trip to Washington State. Thursday night just beginning of a two-day trip but from the start a clear, immediate picture was painted on what it means to be a Coug, he said. It was, Mayle said, one of the best experiences of his life. So is he still a "soft verbal?"

Heading into the weekend, Vince Mayle heard stories about the sense of family Washington State fans show to their teams. It's something he didn't fully understand before Thursday.

"It was one of the best experiences I've ever had in my life," Mayle said. "I thought all the stories I was told were fake, but I was wearing a WSU beanie and as soon as I arrived… a bunch of people came up to me and kept saying Go Cougs. You can tell the fans are passionate about Washington State and it was great to see."

The highlight for Mayle was the Cougars thrilling 31-28 overtime win against UW on Friday and the electric crowd on hand that packed Martin Stadium.

"I watched the game again this morning because I couldn't believe how crazy it was," Mayle said. "The atmosphere was amazing. I got to rush the field with the fans and I got on stage and was able to hold the Apple Cup. It was incredible. The players made me feel like I was already a part of the team, but I was only on my visit."

SO WHAT DID the trip do for Mayle's commitment to the Cougs?

"It definitely made it a lot stronger," Mayle said. "I'm planning on coming back and taking an unofficial visit in the spring because I enjoyed myself so much this weekend. I can see myself making plays out here and during the game on Friday I wanted to be on the field. I couldn't stand being on the sidelines and I wanted to be out there wearing a Cougar jersey."

Mayle was scheduled to visit West Virginia this weekend, but said that the Mountaineer coaches asked him to reschedule his trip. As of now, Mayle won't be traveling to Morgantown and said he also has no other official visits scheduled at this time.

The three star WR from Sierra College can sign with his college of choice on Feb. 1 and said it appears he will "probably" be going crimson.

"I loved everything about Pullman," Mayle said. "The players, coaches and teachers, it was all like a big family. The relationships they had was like a bond I have with my brothers and sisters. Everyone in the community wasn't just trying to get me to come to the school, they were just there for me. I can definitely see myself living in Pullman."

Scout.com's litmus test for soft verbal commitments is when a committed player has officially scheduled a trip elsewhere. Since Mayle no longer has any visits scheduled, his status has been changed. But as Mayle said he "probably" will sign with WSU on Signing Day, the situation still certainly bears watching from now the first Wednesday in February.

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