Pair of LB prospects eye WSU this weekend

IT'S SHAPING UP to be a big weekend out on the Palouse for Mike Leach's first Junior Day event of the new recruiting season. Among those expected to be on hand include a pair of young linebackers who both tell CF.C they can't wait to see what the Wazzu staff has to show them on Saturday.

John Porchivina out of Petaluma, Calif. will be out on the Palouse this weekend. The two-way standout for Casa Grande High has been on the Cougars' radar and he said the Cougs are definitely making an early impression on him.

"They started recruiting me a week after my last game," Porchivina said. "They were down here to see me play against one of their running backs - Olito Thompson. Since then, one of their assistants has been talking with my head coach and they've been sending me letters weekly. I really like them."

Porchivina played both outside linebacker and running back for Casa Grande this season. On defense, he recorded 49 tackles and two sacks. On offense, the Sonoma County product rushed for 651 yards and nine touchdowns.

"The coaches at Washington State are looking at me as an outside linebacker," he said. "They told me they like that I'm aggressive to to the ball and I could possibly even play safety for them as well. I love to hit and it's always fun laying a lick on someone."

Porchivina currently holds one offer, from Sacramento State, but his mailbox has been bombarded with letters this fall from countless schools. The 6-1, 212-pounder is receiving interest from Colorado, Oregon State, UW, Michigan and several others in addition to WSU.

"I'm getting a lot of looks, but my top three right now is Washington State, Oregon State and Mississippi," Porchivina said. "Mississippi has always been a dream school of mine. I haven't really talked to them yet, but I'm going to try to reach out to them soon."

As for his anxiousness to land out on the Palouse and check out the Cougs and the WSU campus?

"I'm very excited for this trip," Porchivina said. "WSU is one of my top schools right now, so I can't wait to see the town and get a feel for it. I like that they're showing me a lot of interest too. Washington State is definitely showing me the most love right now."

Porchivina was named to the 2012 1st-Team All-NBL League Team at RB and Second-Team at OLB.

Another linebacker prospect who will be out on the Palouse this weekend for the Cougs' Junior Day is Franklin-Piece High standout Brett Carter.

The in-state product stands at 6-3, 200-pounds and is in a bit of a different situation than others.

Carter broke his leg in August, forcing him to sit out his junior football season. No junior tape often means no interest in today's recruiting world.

However, with his size and athletic ability, colleges are still looking his way.

"I'm excited to get to WSU this weekend," Carter said. "I was at UW last weekend for their Junior Day camp and now it's cool I'm getting to go to Wazzu. They've been sending me letters and stuff since September, so I'm looking forward to meeting and talking with all the coaches in person."

In addition to UW and WSU, Carter is also hearing from Utah, Arizona State, Oregon State, TCU and SMU. Carter visited SMU and TCU for unofficial visits this summer and said he plans on tripping to ASU on March 23 for their Junior Day Camp as well.

The Cougs are recruiting him at all four linebacker positions, but Carter said he projects himself to lineup on the outside at the next level.

"I was talking with Coach Jeff Choate before he left for UTEP and he was telling me some good things about the program," Carter said. "I'm looking forward to this weekend and seeing what the new coaches have to say about my game."

As for his leg injury, Carter said he is currently at about 80 percent and continues to rehab in order to get back to full strength.

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