4-star LB setting WSU official visit already?

FOUR-STAR LINEBACKER Bryce Youngquist was in Pullman on Thursday for his first unofficial visit to the Palouse. How did the trip go? It couldn’t have gone any better, the 6-2, 210-pounder told Cougfan.com. In fact, Ken Wilson, Roy Manning and Mike Leach made such a strong impression, that Youngquist has already locked in one of his five official visits for WSU this fall.

Youngquist is rated four stars and the No. 25 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com. And on Thursday, he and his father tripped to Pullman for a visit, which was eye-opening, he told CF.C.

“Oh man, the visit was awesome,” Youngquist said. “That was my first time ever up to the Northwest. It’s an area with such a beautiful scenery. As soon as I got on campus, I was blown away. The trip really exceeded my expectations.

“Everything regarding the football team and structure is very simple for the players. The way they have it set up is great. It’s easy to maneuver around campus and everything is all right there for you.”

THE COUGS HAVE been recruiting Youngquist since he was a sophomore at Los Osos High (Rancho Cucamonga) last season. Outside linebackers coach Ken Wilson is his area recruiter, while inside linebackers coach Roy Manning has also been heavily recruiting him since he arrived to Washington State in January.

“I got to meet with Coach Wilson and Coach Manning while I was up there,” Youngquist said. “They showed me around the whole campus and the football complex. I met some players there too and even had the chance to speak with Coach Leach.

“All the coaches were telling me how highly interested they are in me. It means a lot to me because with a program like that…. that’s the kind of program that should be high on my list as well. Honestly, I enjoyed my visit a lot and am looking forward to going back.”

AND HE'LL BE heading back to Pullman in the fall.

“I’ll be going there for one of my official visits,” Youngquist said. “I’m going back there because of the interest the coaches are showing in me and how much I loved it there during my visit.

“The campus felt like I was at home. I feel like it’s a place where I could go play and succeed at. The new football building, oh man, it’s awesome. Everything is all next to the stadium. The locker room and the weight room is all right there. It’s in the center of campus. You don’t have to go anywhere else.”

Following his WSU visit, Youngquist will now visit Oregon State today and Oregon tomorrow for its Spring Game. During the summer, he is planning on visiting Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Illinois and Northwestern.

Youngquist, who holds offers from all the schools mentioned above, and many others, added that he is unsure when he’ll be making his college decision.

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