City College of San Francisco defensive lineman LaRyan King has been in contact with the Cougar coaches throughout the fall and he got a call from special teams coach and area recruiter Eric Russel three weeks ago with a scholarship offer extended.
"Oh, I was very excited to get that offer from Washington State," King said. "It's in the Pac-12 conference and I know they just hired Coach Mike Leach to come in and rebuild their program. I'm very interested in them."
King has 40 tackles this season (27 solo) with 3.5 sacks, eight TFL, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and an interception.
The Cougs are recruiting King as a nose guard and there's one aspect in particular that separates his style of play from others, he said.
"Definitely my motor," King said. "Coach Russell has told me that my physical style of play and aggressiveness sticks out. I'm all over the field during a game and I can come out of nowhere at any time."
King currently holds offers from Colorado State and Western Michigan in addition to Washington State and is receiving increased interest from Baylor, Maryland and Louisiana Tech.
The CCSF product is scheduled to take his official visit to Pullman on Dec. 14.
"I'm really hoping to see a family atmosphere out there," King said. "That's very important to me going into my trip. I also want to see a good plan for rebuilding the program and if I can fit into it. I'm hoping to make my decision after I visit WSU. Right now it's kind of between Colorado State and Washington State."
The sophomore took took an official visit to Colorado State on Nov. 30 and said the experience he had in Fort Collins could be difficult to match.
"They showed me that family atmosphere that I'm hoping to be a part of and it was a great town," he said. "I loved their community and the players were very nice. I got there and immediately felt the family vibe."
Although he has developed a solid bond with the Rams, King said that his relationship with Russell is also strong and he's looking forward to speaking with him more in depth when he travels to the Palouse.
"Coach Russell told me that the coaches at Washington State think I'm a guy who can help them in their rebuilding process and that they believe in my talents," King said. "He likes that I'm not a selfish player and that I play for my team above anything."
Washington State recently hosted King's JC teammate and BUCK linebacker prospect Chris Martin, who raved about his trip to King at school this week. King said the two have talked about possibly playing together at the next level, but it won't have a major impact on his decision.
"We've talked about it, but I wouldn't say it will help with my decision," King said. "I'm going to go where I feel most comfortable at. We have talked about it though and I definitely think it would be great if we could go on to play with each other at the next level."
King, who graduated from Vacaville High (35 miles from Sacramento) in 2011, is on pace to graduate in December and plans to enroll with a four year college in January with three to play two. The mid-year signing period begins Dec. 19.
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