Cali CB and Pac-12 commit talks WSU trip

HEADING INTO HIS official visit to Washington State, three star cornerback Darius Allensworth didn't know what to expect. But after 48 hours on the Palouse, he was singing the praises of the Cougar program, players and staff. The question begs, however, where does his commitment to Cal stand following his trip to Pullman?

Darius Allensworth out of Menifee, Calif. was clearly excited about his experience out in Cougar country over the weekend when reached by CF.C.

"It was a great trip," Allensworth said. I've very happy that I decided to travel out here with Jamal (Morrow) and get a feel for the Cougar program. The environment was awesome and I really liked how close the football team was and how they are one big family."

Allensworth, who committed to Cal back in mid- August, didn't flip his verbal to WSU over the weekend, but said he's got some thinking to do over the next few weeks.

"It definitely raised my interest in Washington State," he said. "It's a really nice place and I really enjoyed getting to know the players and some of the coaches. I don't have a top list or anything, but they are definitely up there. I'm going to go back home, take some more trips and see how everything plays out."

Allensworth is scheduled to visit Cal on Jan. 25 and will then head to Texas Tech on Feb. 2, the last weekend before the Feb. 6 signing day.

WHILE IN PULLMAN, Allensworth was hosted by Gabe Marks. Allensworth said Marks did a great job of giving him a feel for life out in Pullman and also provided plenty of advice as well.

"He showed me around and really showed me a good time," Allensworth said of Marks. "He was telling me everything about the program and how they are on their way back. He's from the same area as me here in California, so he was telling about about how easy it was to move from Cali to Pullman and how much fun he had during his first year."

One of the weekend highlights for Allensworth, he said, was touring campus and seeing the different facilities, but having a one on one with head coach Mike Leach was something that really stood out for him.

"We talked for about 10 minutes and he was just telling me about the role I could play in the defense," Allensworth said. "He wants me to come on board and have me become a part of the Washington State family. It was a great talk and he told me the future is bright for the program. He went to 10 straight bowl games and he told me he's itching to get back to another one (bowl game) next season."

Allensworth also had time to speak with defensive coordinator Mike Breske.

"I liked Coach Breske a lot," Allensworth said. "He was down to earth and telling me to make sure to keep in close contact with him over the next few weeks. He's looking for people to play right away in his defense and he told me he's rooting for me to become a Coug."

The relationship Allensworth develops with a defensive coordinator appears to be important to the 5-11, 180-pound prospect. Allensworth told CF.C that he really likes the Cal program, and his bond and developed trust with recently hired defensive coordinator Andy Buh is the main reason why he remains committed.

A big help on the recruiting front for the Cougs is RB commit and Heritage High teammate Jamal Morrow.

The 5-8, 180-pounder committed to the Cougs back in September and has been putting in overtime on trying to convince Allensworth to go crimson.

"Jamal is my best friend," Allensworth said. "He's been in my ear multiple times every day telling me about Wazzu. He's one of the main reasons why I took the visit. He's been on me for a long time and telling me WSU is the place for me to go."

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