BREAKING: Three-star LB Hoyd goes crimson

WASHINGTON STATE linebackers coach Ken Wilson hasn't been at WSU long, but he's already made a big impact. Three-star linebacker prospect Greg Hoyd out of Vista Murrieta High tells CF.C that Wilson was a major factor in his decision to commit to the Cougs on Monday.

Hoyd, out of Vista Murrieta, Calif., is a Coug.

Hoyd, a 6-2, 200-pounder is ranked the 39th outside linebacker in the land by With countless colleges calling his phone, one thing stood out about Washington State, he says.

"It was just the relationship I built with the coaches and how great they've been through my recruitment process," Hoyd said moments ago. "They've been fighting for me and made it clear that they really want me to be a Cougar. I was getting tired of other coaches showing interest, but not really showing me a whole lot of love.

"Washington State was showing me that love and I decided there was no better fit for me."

A big assist belongs to Ken Wilson, who was the point man in Hoyd's recruitment.

"Coach Wilson was a big reason why I fell in love with Washington State," Hoyd said. "We have been talking a lot and he'll be my position coach when I get up there. He's been telling me how the future is looking bright for Washington State and right now they're working on putting together a great class.

"When I told him that I wanted to commit, he was very excited. He's fired up about me being a Coug and he said he can't wait for me to get to Pullman."

HOYD IS COMING off a great junior season for Vista Murrieta, where he recorded 81 tackles, forced four fumbles and had two interceptions. He chose the Cougs over offers from North Carolina State, Utah, Duke, Fresno State and others.

The Cougs are recruiting Hoyd as a BUCK linebacker, but said he could line up at other spots as well.

"They like my size and my speed of play," Hoyd said. "I'm an open field tackler and overall, the coaches feel like I have a lot of potential."

Hoyd added that several other schools are showing interest and he's willing to listen to what they have to say.

"More offers could come in and if the schools are willing to fight for me I'll listen, but right now Washington State is my school and I'm a Coug."

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