'Amazing' WSU visit for 3-star WR Lenius

WHAT MIGHT A 6-foot-5 receiver produce in a Mike Leach offense? Braden Lenius got a better idea this weekend during his official visit to Washington State. The Chaminade College Prep product out of West Hills, Calif. by way of Canada came away beaming after his trip to Wazzu -- as did mom.

"It was amazing," said Brayden Lenius. "I really loved it, it felt like home."

Lenius, a 6-5, 215-pounder who is classified by scout.com as a three-star tight end (No. 24 nationally) said the visit placed the Cougs as his leader. In addition to Washington State, he holds offers from Miami, Utah and others.

"They're the top, they're on the top of my list," said Lenius. "It really felt like home."

Lenius' mom and stepdad also came down to Wazzu from Vancouver, Canada to take in some of the signs and sounds.

"My mom absolutely loved it," said Lenius. "And the same with my stepdad. My mom just really liked the people, (how) genuine they were…everybody looks out for one another and they're a big family and she really liked that."

Lenius transferred from Canada to West Hills this past year though he missed the first five games of his senior season. But he made up for lost time rapidly, helping his team to a state title and boosting his recruiting stock considerably in a timeframe, the senior season, that has become almost an afterthought with recruiting getting earlier and earlier.

LENIUS SAID THE Cougs like him at the Y and X receiver spots.

"They said I (might) switch back and forth," said Lenius. "Coach Simmons said he wasn't going to show me too much in case I don't commit there (laugh) but we watched film and stuff."

Lenius said Washington State being close to home, the college town atmosphere and the Cougar offense itself were all plusses.

"And they have the programs I want to study in school. The football team, the players, I like everybody there – they're one big family," said Lenius.

LENIUS PLANS ON official visits to Miami (Jan. 31) and Minnesota (Jan. 24) the final two weekends before Signing Day.

"This is all new to me so I'm not really going to be looking for anything in particular, I'll just see how it is when I'm there," said Lenius.

Washington State will be by for an in-home on Wednesday, Lenius said. Prior to that, Minnesota is coming by today and Miami will be there on Tuesday. Utah is also scheduled to stop by on Thursday.

LENIUS ALSO SAID he got along famously with QB Tyler Bruggman, Gabe Marks, Dom Williams and several other players during his time in Pullman.

"I talked to all of the coaches, Coach Leach and Coach Simmons – he seems like a really good receivers coach and an especially nice guy. I really like him as a coach," said Lenius.

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