RIVERSIDE CITY COLLEGE has been a popular recruiting area for the Washington State staff this year and their efforts paid off in a big way on Friday. Three-star cornerback Treshon Broughton, who picked off five passes in nine games for the Tigers this season, tells CF.C that he has flipped his commitment from the Beavers to the Cougs. And a more confident corner you would be hard pressed to meet.

After recording only three interceptions in 2014, it’s clear that the Cougars need to significantly improve in that department in 2015. Broughton, tells he’s ready to pick some receivers' pockets for the Cougs next season.

“I made the decision today,” Broughton said. “I’ve been thinking about this for a long time and really throughout the whole weekend. Washington State just seems like the right fit for me and I know I can make a difference when I get there.

“I’ve been talking with the coaches and they've always show me a lot of love. I know that I want to play in the Pac-12 and WSU is where I’ll be going. I’m going to take my trip (Jan. 16) and I’m sure I’ll like the school even more.”

ONE THING COUGAR fans won’t have to worry about with Broughton -- a lack of confidence. The corner considers it among his chief strengths. He posted 34 tackles in nine games, with 11 pass breakups and five interceptions for Riverside this season. He also took back two turnovers for score -- an interception and a fumble return.

“I do it all,” Broughton said. “I’m a shutdown corner -- who can make plays on the ball and tackle. Like I said, I’m a shutdown guy, period.”

BROUGHTON HAD BEEN committed to Oregon State since March, but let the Beaver coaches know of his plans to flip to WSU earlier today. The departure of Mike Riley to Nebraska played a role in his decision, Broughton added.

“I’ve been thinking of doing this, but I wanted to take my trips first and see which school I liked best,” Broughton said. “Then, when Coach Riley left, it kind of made my decision easy for me.

“I’m excited to be a Cougar and I can’t wait to get up there. I get along with the coaches and I know some players up there already.”

The 6-1, 175-pounder said he is good friends with redshirt-freshman linebacker Greg Hoyd, having played football with Hoyd since they were boys. Hoyd’s father, also named Greg, is an assistant coach at Riverside. Broughton has also been in close contact with WSU assistant Ken Wilson.

“The coaches have been telling me that they want me to come in and make plays,” Broughton said. “They know what I can do and they’re ready for me to get up there and compete.”

DURING THIS RECRUITING cycle, the newest Coug landed three Pac-12 offers (WSU, Oregon State, Cal) as well as rides from Boise State, Fresno State, Iowa State, Kentucky and others.

He is a likely spring graduate will have three years to play two for Mike Leach and his staff.

“With Washington State, they’re a good team, who lost a couple games by just a few points,” Broughton said. “I’m hoping that maybe I can come in and help the team win those close games. You never know, too. Maybe we can win the conference championship soon.”

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