4-star Texas Tech commit among WSU visitors

WELL THIS SHOULD be damned fun to watch unfold between now and Signing Day. Mike Leach and Texas Tech are locked in a recruiting battle royale for a 4-star running back out of Port Arthur, Texas. Corey Dauphine -- a 6-1, 180-pound running back with both power and top end speed -- will be at Washington State this weekend on an official visit.

Corey Dauphine is scheduled to touch down in Pullman early this afternoon, two prep sources tell CF.C. Dauphine will be joined by S Philip Afia and DT George Lea in town this weekend to watch Washington State take on No. 15 Arizona, (Pac-12 Networks, 3 p.m.)

Dauphine through eight game in his senior season has racked up 1,166 yards on 159 carries (7.33 ypc) with nine TDs. His totals become more impressive when you consider Port Arthur Memorial High has another star running back in junior Kameron Martin (124 carries, 733 hashes, 15 TDs.)

Dauphine boasts elite speed.

As a junior, he won the Texas State 200-meter title with a time of 20.76 seconds back in May. It remains the fourth fastest time in the nation this calendar year according to DyeStat. That speed translates well to football. Once he gets a step out on the gridiron, it's extremely difficult to chase him down.

But Dauphin, ranked the No. 7 running back in the state and No. 34 nationally, also runs with power. An instinctual runner, he simply changes things up as necessary. He's adept at setting blockers and then when a crease presents itself, kicking on the jets. And he's particular good at working out in space, something Mike Leach looks for in his running backs.

No. 15 Arizona (5-1, 2-1) at Washington State (2-5, 1-3)

The kickoff: 3 p.m. Saturday, Martin Stadium. The game is sold out.

TV: Pac-12 Network

The line: Wildcats by 2 1/2

The series: Wildcats lead 25-14

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Dauphine verbally committed to Texas Tech back in February but then opened things up after the offers started to pour in, including rides from Arizona State, Utah, Baylor, TCU, Texas A&M, Tennessee and more.

In July, Dauphine firmed things up again. He said following an unofficial visit to Tech he was 100 percent with the Red Raiders and indicated he would not take any other visits, unofficial or otherwise. But then Leach came calling. And as is the case in recruiting, things change.

AFIA (6-2, 190) IS a safety prospect out of Chine Hills, Calif. He holds offers from Oregon State, Utah, Boise State, Fresno State and others.

You can read more about Afia in this CF.C article: CLICK HERE

Lea checks in at 6-4, 273-pounds and holds scholarship offers from Washington State, Arizona State, Utah, Kansas State, Southern Miss and others. He hails from New Orleans.

You can read more about Orr in this CF.C piece: CLICK HERE

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