Visit reaffirms Wazzu verbal pledge for WR

FOLLOWING HIS TRIP to Washington State this weekend, future Cougar wideout Zaire Andre was adamant is saying his Pullman experience reaffirmed his verbal commitment. From the campus tour to the 42-0 win over Idaho and everything else before and after, Andre said he enjoyed it all. But, one thing in particular about his trip stood out the most, he said.

Andre is a wide receiver. But he absolutely appreciates a good 'ol defensive stand.

"If I had to choose one highlight for my trip...it would have to be from the end of the game when they shut out Idaho," said Andre. "They were on the goal line and it looked like they were going to score. Coach Mike Leach was fired up, though and they stopped them.

To see Leach get so excited and be passionate like that stood out to me. It's good to know and see that out of of your coach."

When Andre committed to the Cougs in late May, he had never been to Pullman. That changed this weekend and the three-star wideout said things couldn't have gone any better, especially with WSU claiming the dominating 42-0 shutout win over the Vandals.

"Everything about the visit was cool," Andre said. "I got to see the campus for the first time which was exciting and we got to see a lot of different things around the school. Checking out Martin Stadium was great too because I got to see how great the atmosphere is there."

ANDRE SAID HE also left impressed with all the changes that are going on in Pullman.

"We got to see the new facilities that are going to be finished next year and I thought all of that was pretty cool," Andre said. "The way everything is looking right now, it's clear that everything about Washington State is on the rise. I know their athletic director (Bill Moos) was also at Oregon before and he wants to make the athletic program similar to what Oregon has now."

ANDRE WAS HOSTED by freshman running back Gerard Wicks, who Andre said took him under his wing for the weekend.

"I was with Gerard, Daquawn Brown and some other guys for the whole weekend," Andre said. "I even got to hang out with some of the upperclassmen as well. It was great hanging out with those guys because they're from the Los Angeles area, so we were able to vibe right off the bat.

"Even in (just) hanging out with some of the guys from Washington, you could tell everyone was super close and it's like a big brotherhood up there. It's like a family and that is something that I really enjoyed.

The 6-0, 170-pounder also got the chance to have a sit down with Leach on Sunday morning.

"We just talked about the future of the program and how he thinks I could come in next season and help out as a true freshmen," Andre said. "Coach Leach told me I could fit in with his offense either as an inside or an outside receiver. Right now, he thinks I could play both spots, but it will all just depend on where I feel most comfortable at."

SO WHAT DID the official visit do to his commitment level?

"It pretty much reassured my commitment to them," Andre said. "It's pretty solid right now. I kind of already had a thought of what WSU was going to be like and I enjoyed it. Pullman is a great college town too. It's a lot different than L.A. but it's good to get away and see something different.

Living in Pullman will let me focus on my studies and football. I like that there's no distractions."

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