RECRUITING: WSU upset makes impact on LA hoss

WHEN WASHINGTON STATE took down USC on the road Saturday, it was also a win on the recruiting trail. One SoCal lineman prospect, Chris Brown, who picked up an offer from WSU this week, tells CF.C he liked what he saw of WSU in action against the Trojans. And the Los Angeles product was particularly impressed with what he saw from the Wazzu hosses up front.

The Cougars' 10-7 win over USC may have been a defensive battle, but don't tell that to Loyola High senior Chris Brown. The 6-6, 290-pounder, who was offered earlier this week, said he saw a lot of drive and determination from the Cougar offense.

"I thought they looked really good out there," Brown said. "I was watching the game and I was paying a little bit more attention to the offense. The line looked pretty strong and they were working well together. I thought the team looked pretty good and it was nice to see the offensive line do well."

Less than 48 hours after the Cougs' upset win, Brown got some good news from the WSU coaches.

"They offered me (Monday) and I was pretty happy about it," Brown said. "I know WSU is a big school that has a lot of good lineman on their team right now. In talking with their coaches, they seem pretty interested in me."

BROWN SAID he doesn't know much about the WSU program, but he "definitely" plans on doing some research on the team moving forward.

"The coaches told me that they want me to come up there for an official visit sometime this fall," Brown added. "It might be hard for me since I live in California, but I'd like to go up there during my bye week or maybe after the season. I'm definitely interested in going up there and checking out the campus and program."

In addition to WSU, Brown also holds an offer from San Diego State and is receiving plenty of interest from Washington, USC, UCLA, ASU, Arizona and Colorado.

He's being recruited by Washington State as a tackle and he said there's reason for that.

"I'm mean on the field and I've got some nastiness to my game," Brown said. "The coaches told me they like the way I finish blocks and how I play with intensity. I feel like I have some good strength too and I'm able to move guys around."

Running back Josh Boyd, out of Snellville, Ga., has set his official visit for next weekend for when the Cougs take on Idaho. Boyd, who checks in at 5-10, 180-pounds, holds nearly 20 offers and recently told CF.C that he has a top two of Washington State and Syracuse.

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