Future Cougs working on potential classmate

THE SEMPER FIDELIS All-American Bowl game hosted three Cougar verbal commits. Could a fourth be joining the fold before its all said and done?

Narbonne High LB Keishawn Bierria (6-1, 210 pounds) has been patient with his recruitment process. The three-star prospect is yet to take an official visit, but is in the process of scheduling trips.

One of those trips he might be taking is to Pullman to meet with the Cougar coaches.

"Yes, I'm hoping to take a visit to Washington State," Bierria said. "I haven't scheduled anything yet, but I'm still talking with the coaches and I'm interested in them. I know it's kind of late in the process so I know I'm going to have to try and move fast."

A big assist for Bierria's recent surge of interest in the Cougs belongs to WSU verbal commits Peyton Pelluer, Daquawn Brown and Narbonne High teammate Paulo Lepua. The three were in Santa Ana, Calif. this past week for the Semper Fi Bowl Game and they made a big impression on Bierria.

"We were together all week and we hung out quite a bit," Bierria said. "They were telling me that Wazzu is the spot and I need to come join them up there. I was one of few uncommitted guys there and they kept telling me how great the school is. It adds to my interest because if they love it so much, there's got to be something I'll like about it too."

In addition to his new friends made in Santa Ana, Bierria added that another future Coug is also making a strong push.

"The running back from Long Beach Poly, Gerard Wicks, hit me up this morning too telling me I needed to be there," Bierria said with a laugh. "Everyone I've talked too has told me it's a great school."

Bierria said he's talked with several Washington State coaches, but he's spent the majority of his time speaking with defensive line coach Joe Salave'a. The two have been speaking since early September.

"He's talked to me a lot about the defense they run and how they're a program on the rise. He thinks I could fit in at either strong safety or outside linebacker. They offered me as an outside linebacker, but they said it depends how hard I work in the off season and what position they would need me at most. It doesn't matter to me though. I can play both."

Bierra currently holds double digit offers, including every Pac-12 school except for Stanford, Oregon and USC. In addition to WSU, he said he's hoping to visit Arizona State and possibly a few other schools. His lone scheduled visit is to Oregon State on Jan. 11.

"Right now I don't have a top school or anything like that," Bierria said. "I'm wide open because I haven't taken any visits yet. I haven't really sat down and thought about where I want to visit, but I know I'll trip to Oregon State and hopefully WSU and ASU. Once I take my trip to Oregon State, I'll sit down and start planning my next one."

Bierra added that he is very interested in the Beavers, but that he does not plan on committing during his trip to Corvallis.

"It's a great school and a great community," Bierria said of OSU. The coaches are great and they've been recruiting me really hard. Every time I've seen their football team play, it's been with high intensity.

"I'm not planning on committing to a school though until I take all of my visits."

As a senior this season, Bierria recorded 125 tackles, three forced fumbles (all recovered) and one interception. He also had two touchdowns. One came on a 95-yard punt return and the other on a 55-yard fumble return.

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