Future Coug comes away from WSU trip beaming

WHEN THREE-STAR linebacker prospect Greg Hoyd committed to Washington State in mid-May, he did so sight unseen. That's no longer the case. The Murrieta, Calif. product ventured out to the Palouse this week on an unofficial and offered a rave review on his crimson experience. So much in fact, he's now talking about making a move that is becoming more popular for incoming freshman.

Enrolling early.

"I had a great overall impression of Pullman and Washington State University," an excited Hoyd told CF.C. "This trip reassured my commitment to the Cougs and if I have the chance to graduate early and enroll next January, I think I'd like to do that. The trip made that big of an impact on me."

Keep in mind that as good as his visit was, Hoyd didn't experience what a buzzing Wazzu campus felt like with students not yet back for the start of the school term.

"I fell in love with the school. It's a small college town, but it's a lot of fun. I can tell that when the students get there, it will be even better," said Hoyd.

HOYD ARRIVED IN Pullman on Monday and left on Tuesday evening. The Vista Murietta High standout traveled to the Palouse with close friend and class of 2015 wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown out of Anaheim's Servire High, who also holds a WSU offer.

The highlight for the two? That's easy, said Hoyd.

"We got the chance to sit down with Coach Leach and Coach Wilson," Hoyd said. "That was what we enjoyed most because of the positivity they had about about the program. Coach Leach was telling us about the future and how he thought Equanemious and I fit great with his plan. You can tell he cares for his players and I can see why he led Texas Tech to 10 bowl games and why he had so much success over there.

"The coaches also told us how important academics are to them and that stuck out to me. They said that players have the privilege to move out, but they have to stay on top of their grades and keep working hard otherwise it's back to the dorms. I like how they mean business like that."

He also raved about his tour of the facilities.

"We got to see a lot of the construction and Washington State is going to look even more beautiful soon," Hoyd said. "The facilities were great and we even had the chance to go up in the new press box -- and it was amazing. We saw the new dorms too while walking around campus. I liked everything I saw."

THE COUGS LIKE Hoyd as a BUCK linebacker, but the coaches have told him he could play other linebacker spots as well. During his trip, he met with redshirt sophomore MIK Darryl Monroe and Hoyd said that was another exciting part of the trip.

As a junior, the 6-2, 200-pounder, ranked three-stars and the 47th OLB in the land by Scout, recorded 81 tackles, four forced fumbles and had two interceptions.

Hoyd has seen increased interest from other schools since he pledged WSU, with Kentucky being the most recent, but Hoyd said the Wazzu trip definitely sets the Cougs apart.

"It reassured my commitment and I can tell WSU has a lot of love for me," Hoyd said. "I want to keep my eyes and ears open just in case, but my commitment is solid to WSU. I'm not planning on taking anymore unofficial visits. If I were to go anywhere, it'd be an official visit, but I don't have anything planned at this time.

"If schools were to come in and recruit me, they'd have to show me a lot of interest and love, but it'll be tough for them to match what Washington State has done for me."

Hoyd also had a special message for the Cougar fans he met while in Pullman.

"I want to tell the fans that I fell in love with Pullman during my visit," Hoyd said. "It's a great college town. Go Cougs!"

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