Rising JUCO DE sets WSU official visit

MIKE LEACH HISTORICALLY dips into the junior college recruiting pool selectively and sparingly. But the 2015 class at Riverside City College in California certainly seems to be a worthy exception. Washington State has six known offers out to RCC athletes, including one to a rising defensive end who will take his official visit to the Palouse in a few short weeks.

It was two weeks ago that Riverside’s DeVante Wilson (pictured above) added a crimson offer to his list. WSU linebackers coach Ken Wilson is the recruiting point man for the Cougs on Wilson

“He’s been telling me how beautiful the area is and how they need me to come in and make an impact,” Wilson told Cougfan.com on Tuesday night. “He has told me they have a great academic program and they will provide support.”

WSU is joined by two Pac-12 schools, Cal and Arizona State, plus UAB, New Mexico and Georgia State in offering Wilson a scholie. Wilson said that Washington has also shown increased interest as of late and could be close to offering. It's not hard to see why Pac-12 schools are interested.

WILSON WILL HAVE the opportunity to speak with the WSU coaches about the ins and outs of the Cougar D and more in mid-December, when he takes his official visit to Pullman.

The 6-5, 245-pounder said it’s a visit he’s very much looking forward to so he can learn more about the WSU program and life in Pullman. That last part will be of emphasis because Wilson will soon become a father. In a recent interview with Scout.com’s Greg Biggins, Wilson said he has a baby girl on the way.

“I plan on taking my visit the weekend of Dec. 12,” Wilson said. “I know they (Washington State) are in the Pac-12 North and located in Pullman, Wash. I am highly interested.”

The Corona High graduate signed with USC in 2011, as Biggins noted. Wilson delayed his enrollment a year, grayshirting after tearing his ACL (when oversigning was still allowed). Wilson left USC in the spring of 2013 for undisclosed reasons, Biggins reported. WSU will be the first visit he takes, but most likely won’t be his last with the plan to sign in December in the early JUCO signing period.

“I also want to visit Cal, and also UW if they offer,” Wilson said. “I’m still not sure when I’ll make my decision. I want to take all my visits before I make a major decision.”

• Wilson is one of six RCC players with a WSU offer. Jonah Moi, Isaac Whitney, Lio Lafaele, Jeremiah Mitchell and Treshon Broughton are the other five.

• In case you missed it, you can add four-star DT Adam McLean to the list of visitors for the Apple Cup this weekend. The Maryland product announced on his Twitter account last night that he'll be in town for the WSU-UW tilt, having moved his trip up a week ahead of when it was first scheduled.

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