OT visitor leaves WSU highly impressed

WITH 20 SCHOLARSHIP offers, JUCO offensive tackle prospect Miguel Machado has plenty of college suitors trying to grab his attention. However, those schools might have some catching up to do following Machado's official visit to Washington State. The 6-6, 285-pounder raved about his WSU trip this weekend and tells CF.C the Cougs showed him such a good time that...

...that WSU is now cemented into his top three. Indeed, things couldn't have gone any better for Machado during his official visit in Pullman, he said. The Pasadena College standout told CF.C he knew he wouldn't commit during his visit going in, but he had his head turned in ways he didn't expect.

"This WSU visit really surprised me," Machado said. "Pullman is pretty cool. I see it as a college town and it's a cool little city. The thing that I liked was how that fans are really into the program. They're all into Cougar football and they really support the team out there."

So he didn't provide the coaching staff with a verbal pledge -- but where do things stand between Machado and WSU?

"The trip really jumped out to me and WSU is definitely now in my top three," Machado said. "They're up there right now with Louisville and Michigan State.

"The thing that stuck out to me out there was the new facilities they're building. It impressed me. They're putting a lot of money into the facilities and that's only for football. The weight room and new building they have looks great."

THE HIGHLIGHT OF the game for Machado, he said, was seeing the offensive lineman in action. The Cougar hosses faced a tough task going up against Utah's defensive front, with Utah leading the nation in sacks, but more than held their own in the trenches, Machado said.

"They didn't give up a sack and Utah was leading the Pac-12 (and the nation, actually) for most sacks per game," Machado said. "For them to not give up one was huge. They did a good job of protecting the quarterback."

HE ALSO SPOKE with offensive line coach Clay McGuire and head man Mike Leach.

"Coach Leach was telling me how they really want me to be a part of their team," Machado said. "He said I could make a big contribution next season and I'd also help myself of reaching my future goals if I decided to go there.

"With Coach McGuire, he also thinks I could come in and start right away. He thinks I have the ability to be a playmaker next year for them because of my style of play. They're recruiting me as a left tackle and I think I could fit into their system."

Machado also had high praise for his WSU area recruiter, WSU outside linebackers coach Paul Volero.

MACHADO WAS HOSTED by safety Paris Taylor, who transferred to Washington State this season from L.A. Pierce Junior College.

"He did a good job of showing me around the campus and introducing me to some of the players," Machado said. "I really liked meeting some of the guys on the team and being able to watch the game to see how they did."

Machado, rated two stars by Scout.com, said he will most likely make a decision after he takes his official visits to Louisville and Michigan State. He said he plans to visit Louisville in the coming weeks and Michigan State in January.

WSU might have an edge over Sparty when looking at the lists. MSU's depth chart shows a redshirt-freshman starting at left tackle, and they also have two o-tackles already on their commit list.

In addition to WSU, Louisville and MSU, Machado also holds offers from Purdue, Illinois, UMass, Temple, Florida Atlantic and others.

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