Wicks: Good talk with Leach, ponders options

GERARD WICKS, the Washington State verbal commit who will play for a California state crown Friday, said Mike Leach called him Sunday to talk about the season Wicks has had so far and to envision his future in the Air Raid. The 3-star running back tells CF.C he is sky high about the Cougs -- but not so much as to preclude him from taking official visits elsewhere.

Wicks verbally committed to WSU in June, but has left the recruiting door open and his taking a long look at Boise State and Fresno State. He had an in-home visit with Fresno State coaches Wednesday night and told CF.C he has scheduled an official visit to FSU on Jan. 18. He is also in the process of scheduling an official visit to Boise State.

"I'm still committed to Washington State, but I'm going to take some trips," Wicks said. "Right now WSU, Boise State and Fresno State are my top three."

Wicks took his official visit to Washington State in early November and said he still thinks about how much fun he had. Two other WSU verbals, cornerback Daquawn Brown and JC linebacker Ivan McLennan, were visiting at the same time.

"I liked how as soon as I got off the plane, everyone knew who I was," Wicks said. "The coaches were fabulous and once I got there, it felt like home. There were a lot of great people in the community and it's a place I could see myself living."


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While Wicks said he is still open to other schools, he also said he has enjoyed getting to know WSU's coaches, particularly outside linebackers coach and area recruiter Paul Volero.

"He's been real with me since the day I started talking to him," Wicks said. "He calls me almost every week to stay in touch with me and see how I'm doing. He tells me how the Cougs need me and how I can help them out in the future. We have a great relationship and it's like that with all the coaches."

As for his recent talk with Leach...

"He called me on Sunday and we talked for about 25 minutes," Wicks said. "He was telling me how he's been watching me on television throughout the season and how he's proud of me for the year I've had."

Leach also said he has big plans for Wicks in his Air Raid offense in the future.

"They're going to try and run the ball more and he thinks I can be their feature back," Wicks said. "Hearing that from him was really exciting for me. Coach Leach said he can't wait for me to get up there to be a part of his system and get me involved as a Coug."

Another reason Wicks said he is excited about the future at Washington State is because of some close gridiron brothers who will be joining him from California. Wicks said he keeps in weekly contact with Brown, out of Dorsey High in Los Angeles, and wide receiver River Cracraft of Santa Margarita. Wicks said he also frequently speaks with future Cougar quarterback Tyler Bruggman of Phoenix.

"It's exciting for us," Wicks said. "I look forward to going up there with those guys knowing we're from the same area. I think we all have the talent to do some big things for the future of Cougar football."


Wicks has rushed for 19 TDs and more than 1,500 yards this season. He and his Long Beach Poly teammates will take on northern California's Granite Bay this Friday at 8 p.m. in a state title showdown at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Both teams are 12-3 on the season.

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