Cougs surging up 3-star corner's leaderboard

THERE REALLY AREN'T a lot of guys who can play either corner or safety at the BCL level as they require differing skill sets -- but a 3-star prospect out of Long Beach, Calif. has offers to play both as a collegian. Washington State likes the 6-1, 200-pounder at cornerback, and the Cougs have been surging up his leaderboard.

Darren Gardenhire out of Cabrill High still considers himself verbally committed to San Jose State, but Washington State is on his mind.

He has eight offers, including full rides from Wazzu, Utah, Boise State, SJSU, SDSU and others.

"It's kinda hard, I can't say there's an order, all of those schools are my top schools (but) Washington State is sticking out most right now," said Gardenhire.

Gardenhire,'s Greg Biggins says, is having a very good senior season and has "definitely established himself as one of the top prospects in the state." He's rated three stars by and classified as a safety.


GARDENHIRE WILL OFFICIALLY visit Washington State the weekend of Nov. 23, when the Cougs host Utah.

"I talk to Washington State the most, (at least) once a week," said Gardenhire. "I feel the appreciation there, and I see myself playing early there."

Gardenhire said he doesn't plan on making his final-final decision until shortly before Signing Day in February.

He's already visited Utah and gave the experience high marks. He said he plans to visit Boise State this weekend, WSU on the 23rd and is also talking to Miami about a visit in January, though the Hurricanes have not yet offered.

"It's coming soon," Gardenhire said of a Mimi offer.

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