Bellevue's Branch talks WSU, recruiting

THE FOCUS FOR Bellevue High linebacker Mustafa Branch right now is on his senior season. However, he’s also a three-star recruit and he touched base with several schools this past week, including Washington State. Where do things stand between him and the Cougs? He recently spoke with CF.C about that and more.

Branch spoke with WSU special teams coach and area recruiter Eric Russell on Monday. The two have been in contact for nearly a year, Branch said.

“We were just talking about me getting up there for my official visit,” Branch said. “We talked about how I would fit into the program and stuff like that. They’ve been on me for a while now.”

The Bellevue standout picked up his offer from the Cougs way back on Feb. 12.

RANKED No. 86 NATIONALLY at linebacker, Branch holds offers from WSU, Oregon State, Colorado, Northwestern, Wyoming, Duke, Colorado State, Utah State and San Jose State.

“Recruiting has been going pretty good for me,” Branch said. “It’s been pretty calm as of late, though. I’m really just trying to focus on my first two games of the season right now. Note: Bellevue beat Serra 31-14 in OCeanside, Calif. on Saturday.

Following the first part of the season, Branch said he’ll start to focus a little bit more on recruiting. He added that he’s not sure where he’ll trip to this fall.

“That’s something (visits) I haven’t spoken with my coach about yet,” Branch said. “Maybe I’ll try and check out some schools later on in the season, but it’s really all up to what coach thinks is best.”

BRANCH CHECKS IN at 6-0, 220 pounds and will be the senior leader on defense for the Wolverines this season. The WSU coaches have been speaking with him about lining up as an inside linebacker under position coach Ken Wilson.

“They want me to come in and play the SAM position,” Branch said. “I could line up wherever, though. I just want to play.”

Branch said no schools are sticking out to him right now, but a conference certainly has his interest.

“I’d say the Pac-12 is sticking out the most,” Branch said. “I don’t have any leaders or anything like that, though.“

Washington State extended an offer to Salt Lake City, Utah defensive end T.J. Fehoko on Thursday night, Scout’s Doug Kimmel reported. The 6-1, 245-pounder is a Colorado commit.

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