WSU Recruiting Weekend Preview: Part II

WHEN WSU VERBAL Kevin Griffin arrives on campus this weekend, it will be his third time visiting Pullman. However, there's still plenty of things the three-star CB hopes to see for the first time. CF.C caught up with Griffin, who is also "recruiting" his brother, a four-star USC LB commit, for the Cougs. All that plus more on the scheduled official visitors who plan on tripping to Wazzu...

Kevin Griffin has a good idea of what WSU is all about with two prior trips under his belt. But he said there's been, at the least, one thing that's prevented him from getting the full experience.

"That game atmosphere, man," Griffin said. "I went there twice over the summer and I loved it, but I can't wait to see the game environment. I want to see how big the fan support is and how the community backs up the team.

"I'm looking forward to seeing them play in person and be able to bond with my future teammates and coaches."

He isn't the only member of the family excited for the Palouse trip.

"My mom is coming with me and this is actually her first time taking a trip to Pullman," Griffin said. "I took the previous trips with my grandma and my stepdad. She's really excited to see the school because she knows that where I'll be spending the next four years of my life."

AS SOON AS GRIFFIN gets home, he said, he'll be providing a post-trip review to his brother D.J. Calhoun. The 6-1, 190-pound cornerback has been actively in the ear of Calhoun, who is ranked four-stars and the 10th best outside linebacker in the land by Scout.com.

Griffin said Calhoun (6-1, 205) iremains committed to USC, but he's still pushing for WSU.

"It's always been our dream to play together," Griffin said. "I've been talking to him about it and I'm pretty sure he's going to be taking an official visit to Washington State later this season. He's committed to USC, but we'll see what happens."

AS FOR HIS OWN RECRUITMENT, the Concord, Calif. product said he's rock solid to Washington State and his relationship with area recruiter and WSU special teams coach Eric Russell has been huge.

"We talk often and he's just been telling me to focus on school and also to become the best player I possibly can be," Griffin said. "He wants me to be ready for when I get to Washington State and that's my goal. I want to come in and make an impact for the Cougs right away.

"I know if I work hard, I can go in there and play early. On top of that, I just love the environment up there and how it's a college town. I feel like I could grow up as a person and become a better football player at Washington State."

INCLUDING GRIFFIN the Cougs are expected to host eight official visitors this weekend, though that number, as always, can be a moving target until the recruits get on the planes. I talked about four of them in a previous article, here's the rest.

• The College of San Mateo-to-WSU pipeline continued was primed back in late July when CSM cornerback Joseph Turner verbally committed to the Cougs. Turner, 6-2, 190 will see Pullman for the first time this weekend. He will be reunited with former CSM teammates and current Cougs Lyman Foaliu, Justin Sagote and Devonte McClain. Turner verballed to WSU over offers from Hawaii and Utah State. Turner is on pace to graduate in December and have three years to play two.

• Another JUCO product expected to be in town is Mt. San Jacinto linebacker Dejon Brown. I spoke with Brown last night and he was pretty amped up about the coming weekend. Brown checks in at 6-3, 235-pounds and is being recruited by WSU as an outside linebacker. The three-star prospect holds offers from Tennessee, Iowa State, North Carolina State and New Mexico in addition to Washington State.

• At the prep level, WSU will welcome Hercules Mata'afa, from Lahaina, Hawaii. Mata'afa is being recruited by Washington State as a defensive end, who could also line up at the BUCK linebacker position. The 6-3, 225-pounder holds offers from Oregon State, San Diego State and New Mexico in addition to WSU. This is Mata'afa's first official visit.

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