Cougs in CB's final 5 with decision coming

WEDNESDAY IS DECISION DAY for three-star cornerback Traveon Beck out of Bellflower, Calif. He told Cougfan.com late Monday night that the Cougs are in his top five. Beck, who has developed a strong relationship with assistant Roy Manning, said the Cougs have been on him the longest.

It’s all coming down to the wire for Beck (pictured above) and his recruitment. The St. John Bosco High standout racked up eight offers this recruiting cycle, but has trimmed things down to five. And he’ll announce for one of those schools at his high school on Wednesday.

“I’m down to San Jose State, Washington State, Cal, Arizona State and Wisconsin,” Beck said. “With all those schools, I was really excited when I got the offer from them. I have good relationships with all of the coaches at those schools too.”

ONE COACH Beck has developed a strong bond with is WSU area recruiter and first-year outside linebackers coach Roy Manning. The two have been in close contact since Manning was hired by WSU in January.

“I spoke with him today (Monday) actually,” Beck said. “We just talked a little bit more about the program and how impressed he’s been with my game. I performed at a college showcase recently and he liked what he saw.

“He told me he’s really looking forward to hearing about my decision on Wednesday. Coach Manning said he and the other coaches really want me to be a Coug.”



IN ADDITION TO WSU, Beck said he’s spoken with Cal and San Jose State in recent days.

And it should be noted that the 5-10, 170-pounder received an offer from the Golden Bears on Sunday and told Scout.com’s Ryan Gorcey it was a dream come true.

That doesn’t mean the other schools he’s considering have been ruled out, he said, including WSU.

“They’re an up-and-coming program,” Beck said of WSU. “They’re rebuilding but it would be a great opportunity for me to go there because I could play early. They have a need for cornerbacks. That and my great relationship with Coach Manning is why I have them in my top five right now.”

HERE ARE SOME more recruiting notes from the past few days:

• On Monday evening, WSU extended a scholarship offer to Honolulu, Hawaii, offensive lineman Nate Herbig. The 6-4, 315-pounder also holds an offer from San Diego State.

• In addition to Herbig, the Cougs also sent out an offer to safety Marcus Strong. The Rialto, Calif., product also holds an offer from Oregon State.

• On Sunday, WSU offered Hawaiian wide receiver Kala Timoteo. The WSU offer was the first for the 6-3, 200-pounder. CF.C is in the process of setting up an interview with Timoteo and we hope to talk with him soon.

• According to the JUCOFrenzy twitter account, Washington State, along with Boise State and Illinois, are looking at 2015 wide receiver Kevin Kutchera out of San Mateo JC. Kearney was talking to the above schools and more back in March but at that time had not received an offer so it may be a potential walk on situation. Kutchera has received his AA and has 3-to-play-2.

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