Cali DB eyes WSU official visit

YOU MAY NOT have read as much about him as some other defensive back prospects but that's about to change. He's a Top 100 prospect at his position, rated 3 stars and will soon take an official visit to Washington State, the first school who offered him. He's quietly picked up three Pac-12 offers along with a passel of awards following his senior season. And his tape is an eye opener.

San Jose's Chidobe Awuzie (6-0, 185) led Oak Grove High in interceptions with four and was second in tackles with 60 this past season according to the San Jose Mercury Press. He was named first team all-league and is a top performer in the classroom.

The BVAL Mount Hamilton Division senior of the year also had a major impact on offense, rushing for 1,247 yards and 14 touchdowns with 458 receiving yards and seven scores.

But everyone is recruiting him at cornerback at the next level.

"Washington State was my first offer which means a lot... I really like Coach (Jim) Mastro and Coach (Mike) Leach," said Awuzie.

AWUZIE WILL VISIT Washington State on Jan. 11. He tripped to nearby San Jose State earlier and is setting up a visit to Colorado, likely for Jan. 18. He holds offers from those Pac-12 schools along with Utah, plus San Diego State, Utah State, Colorado State and Fresno State.

He said he remains open to everyone still though WSU, Colorado and San Jose State are standing out most.

"I talk to Coach Mastro a lot," said Awuzie. "I'm excited about the different packages they run and how I might fit into those."

In addition to the defensive backfield, Awuzie also sees early opportunities at WSU on special teams, possibly in the return game.

"I just want to play and help any way I can," said Awuzie. "Coach Leach said the first year is usually (an adjustment) for a new staff and the second year is almost always like a good year. And he's told me if I work hard, I'll have a chance to play early there."

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