What RB transfer means for Cougs

WITH RUNNING BACKS Marcus Mason and Theron West graduating after this season, the Cougars are clearly looking ahead to bolster their RB stores. A prep source confirmed Aaron Baltazar is WSU-bound, though he'll have to sit out 2014 due to NCAA transfer rules. With the addition of Baltazar, two of Scout.com's 2013 top 10 West running backs will now be on the WSU roster.

Baltazar visited WSU this week and verbally to the Cougs, a prep source who asked not to be identified told CF.C. Washington State later issued a release saying he had signed an financial aid agreement. Messages for Batlazar were not immediately returned. So what is WSU getting in the 5-10, 215-pounder?

He's a bigger back but still one who can make people miss. Explosive, and versatile in the passing game, he will sit out the 2014 season per NCAA transfer rules and have 3-to-play-3 at Washington State.

Baltazar's freshman season at Boise State in 2013 was cut short after he tore his ACL on Sept. 28. He had started out the season nicely with 234 yards and two touchdowns on 50 carries as the No. 2 running back, and was gaining increasing turns.

Coming out of high school, Baltazar was verbally committed to UW for about seven months before switching to Boise State, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. In addition to BSU and UW, he had offers from UCLA, San Diego State and Cincinnati. He was ranked three stars and the No. 49 running back prospect nationally.

Scout.com ranked him No. 8 on their final list of the West Top 10 Running Backs, (Gerard Wicks was No. 10)

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