WSU Recruiting Weekend Preview: Part I

WAZZU VERBAL COMMIT Greg Hoyd has unofficially visited Pullman, but not with the students on campus and Martin Stadium rocking. That changes Saturday when the Cougs host Oregon State. We spoke to the WSU linebacker pledge about his commitment status, how the No. 2 team in the country continues to recruit him, plus we take a closer look at some of the expected visitors.

When Greg Hoyd took a trip to Pullman in late July, he loved what he saw out in Pullman. However, the campus was empty save for the summer school attendees and he said he didn't get a true feel for what it would be like to be a college student at Washington State.

"I'm very excited to get up there and see what it's like when Pullman is full (of students)," Hoyd said. "I really want to see what the game atmosphere is like. That's probably what I'm looking forward to the most. I also want to see what the campus is like with all the students around. It will give me a great idea of what my life will be like for the next four years."

Hoyd, ranked three-stars and the 46th best outside LB by Scout.com, said he has been keeping a close eye on the Cougs' progress this season.

"I've been speaking with Coach Ken Wilson a lot and he's been keeping me updated on how everything is going and what the plan is for the future," Hoyd said. "I've been watching them on TV a lot too and they look great. I saw that game last weekend against Cal and they gave them a beat down. I loved seeing that."

HOYD SAID HE REMAINS SOLID to Wazzu, but that hasn't stopped other schools from continuing to pursue him. Hoyd said that the Oregon Ducks called him last week to express their interest.

And Duke continues to make a strong play on the 6-2, 200-pounder as well, who chose WSU over offers from Duke, North Carolina State, Fresno State, Utah and others.

But whether it's Oregon, Duke or someone else, Hoyd said it doesn't matter who it is that comes in late to try and swoop him up.

He's a Coug, he says.

"WSU has been with me through everything," Hoyd said. "I'm good with them. I committed early because I like what they've got building up there and it feels like a big family. Other schools might try and come in and I'll respect that, but I'm solid with the Cougs."

INCLUDING HOYD, the Cougs are expected to host eight official visitors this weekend, though that number, as always, is a moving target until the recruits get on the planes.

• CF.C subscribers read about defensive line prospect Kammy Delp yesterday in this story: CLICK HERE. The 6-4, 310-pounder is one of the highest touted California prospects who remains uncommitted.

Delp holds double-digit offers and recently narrowed his list to WSU, UW, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Colorado and Oregon State. Following his trip to WSU, he said he'll "for sure" take visits to Oregon State and Arizona State. He is still deciding where he will take his final two trips. He plans to announce his decision on Jan. 5 at the Semper Fi All-American Bowl.

Uriah Leiataua is another top defensive line prospect who will be in Pullman this weekend for an official visit. Leiataua has already taken a trip to Wisconsin and recently said that WSU and Wisconsin are his top two. However, the Stanford Cardinal offered the 6-4, 265-pounder earlier this week and he told Scout.com's Greg Biggins that it was a big time offer for him. Leiataua is rated three-stars and the 71st best defensive end in the land by Scout.

Calvin Green committed to Washington State back in early June sight unseen. This weekend, he'll visit Pullman for the first time. The 5-10, 165-pound inside receiver landed double-digit offers this recruiting cycle, choosing WSU over full rides from Arizona State, Boise State, Nevada, Fresno State and others. Green is rated three-stars and the 77th best receiver prospect in the country by scout.com.

NOTABLE NOTE: We'll have the second part of our official visit preview on Friday...

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