WSU Daily Recruiting Notebook: Thursday

SEVERAL WASHINGTON STATE COMMITS have been taking visits to other schools over the last few weeks. This includes four-star linebacker Kyahva Tezino, who tripped to San Diego State last weekend. Did it change his status with WSU? Will he sign with WSU on Wednesday? Also, with two WR commits checking out other schools, what might the Cougs' backup plan be? That and much more below ...

Tezino (pictured above) didn’t mince words when asked about his weekend trip to the SDSU campus.

“It was a pretty good visit,” he said. “Honestly, one of the best visits I’ve taken. I had a lot of fun and the coaches made an impact on me while I was out there.

“It didn’t change my commitment or anything like that, though. I’m still solid with Washington State. Basically what the visit did was make me want to research both schools a little bit more and make sure my decision is perfect. I’m committed, but I’m just going through everything right now. I’m still with them (WSU).”

ON WEDNESDAY, the Los Angeles product met with defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, new outside linebackers coach Roy Manning, area recruiter Dennis Simmons and inside linebackers coach Ken Wilson.

“I basically just had a ton of questions for them and they answered every single one,” Tezino said. “If I want to start or play as a freshman, I need to work hard and be ready by the time I get there.”

It was the first time Tezino met face-to-face with his future position coach, who was hired by Washington State just 11 days ago.

“Coach Manning is a good guy,” Tezino said. “He’s a real cool and outgoing person. He knows how to make a player feel good. Him, Grinch and Wilson will be the guys I’ll be close with for the next four years. They’ve stuck with me (throughout his recruitment process).”

There was some question as to whether Tezino would take another trip this weekend - to Ole Miss. That's no longer in the cards and SDSU is the only other school in the mix for him. And Tezino tells Cougfan.com he’s planning on signing with Washington State on Wednesday. We’ll be sure to keep you updated should anything change.

ANOTHER COUG VERBAL TO watch: wide receiver pledge Deontay Burnett. The three-star receiver received a last-minute offer from Michigan and will head to Ann Arbor this weekend, he told Scout.com’s Greg Biggins.

"Right now, my head is kind of spinning and I know I have a lot to think about,” Burnett told Biggins. “I'm going to take the rest of the week to think things over and then will take this visit with an open mind and see how I feel and how I fit in at Michigan. I'll make a final decision when I get home early next week."

With Dahu Green recently picking up an offer from Oklahoma, that makes two Cougar wide receiver verbals who are keeping their options open and are candidates for late flips. With Green, ESPN projects him likely to eventually flip to Oklahoma, but they also paint the Sooners as desperate in charging after him so late in the game after missing out on other targets.

ESPN wrote, "...more importantly it signals how frantic the Sooners are to add depth at the receiver spot, especially with new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley installing an air-raid offense."

AS ALWAYS, the Cougar coaches have contingency plans. Late Wednesday evening, the WSU staff extended a scholarship offer to Oklahoma city WR Denver Johnson.

Johnson, rated three stars by Scout.com, committed to Iowa State over the summer and also holds offers from SMU, Tulsa, Utah State and a few others. CF.C is working the phones trying to reach the 6-3, 210-pounder to see if he’ll be taking a visit to Pullman this weekend.

HERE’S SOME MORE recruiting nuggets:

• Late Wednesday evening, Scout.com’s Doug Kimmel posted an update on three-star defensive lineman T.J. Fehoko. The recent Colorado decommit will take visits this week to Nevada, NC State and UNLV. Kimmel added that the Cougs are in a good spot for him, should they choose to take him. Fehoko tripped to WSU in the fall.

• On National Signing Day, ol’ Cougar corner Jason David is going to be hosting a special event for southern California Cougs. David owns the Stars SoCal facility in Anaheim, where training and sports medicine is practice. On Feb. 4, Davis has invited all SoCal WSU commits to a special signing day party. This includes Kameron Powell, Kyle Sweet, James Williams, Treshon Broughton, Taeon Mason and Darrien Molton. Others are also being reached out to.

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