WSU verbal says Moos took him under his wing

BEFORE TAVARES MARTIN set foot on the Washington State campus on Tuesday, he knew he a challenge ahead. The wide receiver who amassed an impressive offer list wanted to make a good impression on the coaches, but knew he also had to win over the man upstairs - Bill Moos. Martin tells that his one-on-one with the WSU Athletic Director is a big reason why he’ll don crimson this season.

On an April night in 2014, future Coug wide receiver Martin made a mistake. A life-changing mistake, he told

The 6-2 outside receiver prospect, a junior at William T. Dwyer High at the time, was arrested on charges of unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling in Palm Beach Gardens, grand theft of less than $5,000, dealing in stolen property and fraud, according to the Palm Beach Post.

It cost Martin (who had more than 20 scholarship offers throughout his recruitment including rides from Alabama, FSU and others) his scholarship to West Virginia. The Mountaineers pulled Martin’s scholarship offer shortly before National Signing Day. He had verbally committed there in early December.

When CF.C subscribers read of this in our earlier report, it raised some eyebrows. However, Martin said he has more than learned from his mistakes and wants to be a better man. That was the message he conveyed to Moos while out on his visit to Wazzu.

MOOS AND MARTIN had a lengthy meeting while the Florida native was out on the Palouse, Martin told CF.C. Martin told Moos he wanted to move forward and help the Cougs get back to a Rose Bowl. There was more to the conversation, though.

“First off, it was an honor and a privilege to meet him,” Martin said of Moos. “To be honest with you, we had a man-to-man talk. He told me that he’s glad that I’ve learned from my mistakes and that I need to make better decisions. I need to hang around better people.

“People make mistakes, but the coaches out there believe in second chances. I’m glad they’re giving me this opportunity.”

Following his one-on-one with Martin, Moos met with Leach and gave the fourth-year WSU head man the green light to bring Martin in to join the program this summer.

“Mr. Moos gave Coach Leach the stamp of approval,” Martin said. “I couldn’t be happier about that."

DESPITE COMMITTING TO WSU on Thursday night, the three-star prospect said he’s going to wait until next week to sign his National Letter of Intent. There’s good reason for that, though.

“I’m all set on going to Washington State, but I want to do it (sign his NLI) next week at my graduation party,” Martin said. “My birthday was on National Signing Day, but I didn’t get to sign anywhere on that day.

“This is a big moment and I want all my friends and family to be there for it. That’s why we’re waiting until my graduation party. This is special for me and I want to share it with the people closest to me.”

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