Perspective on Griffin, Coug DL recruiting

THROUGHOUT HIS RECRUITMENT, Bellevue, Wash. defensive lineman Marcus Griffin had been adamant that he was a solid verbal commit to WSU. On Sunday, however, things changed. Griffin confirmed with CF.C that he has decommitted but says although he's no longer a Cougar pledge, he might still end up in the crimson and gray.

"It's not over man," Marcus Griffin texted CF.C with regards to Washington State. "They are still going to recruit me and I will still take my official visit there."

Still, the decommitment speaks for itself. Griffin has said he'll be in Pullman in January for an official visit.

With Griffin no longer on the list, Washington State has 13 known verbal commitments for the class of 2014. This includes defensive lineman Ngalu Tapa, who gave his verbal pledge to the Cougs on Oct. 22. Tapa, rated three stars and the 49th best DT in the nation, checks in at 6-3, 275-pounds.

Longtime Sacramento Bee preps reporter Joe Davidson said Tapa is a guy Cougfans should be excited to see in the future.

"Dominant defensive tackle who can cover ground and hammer," Davidson said via twitter. "As good a d-lineman we've ever seen here."

In addition to Tapa and Griffin, other defensive lineman with known WSU offers include Tim Wilkerson, Uriah Leiataua, Hercules Mata'afa, Kingston Fernandez, Lamone Williams, Kennedy Emesibe and several others.

Wilkerson took an unofficial visit to WSU over the summer and recently told CF.C that he is working on setting up an official visit to the Palouse. Fernandez, a Hawaii product, also recently told CF.C that he is hoping to take an official visit to the Palouse. Leiataua and Mata'afa both took official visits to WSU earlier this season.

As for Griffin, the 6-3, 290-pounder's isn't a complete stunner. Although he told CF.C several times over the last few months that he was rock solid in his commitment to the Cougs, he had also expressed interest in looking around at other schools.

Griffin said UCLA (no offer) Cal, Arizona and Notre Dame (no offer) are schools he's most interested in right now. The Bruins signed Myles Jack out of Bellevue last year and Jack had a breakout game on both defense and offense last night against Arizona. UCLA has picked up their interest lately, said Griffin.

Griffin said he is planning on taking all five of his allotted official visits, but has yet to set any trip dates.

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