WSU makes top 5 for touted Cali OLB

THREE-STAR LINEBACKER Logan Gamble has seen his recruitment take off this cycle, but is almost ready to make his final decision. And earlier this week, the touted prospect trimmed things down to a top five. One of those schools to make the cut was Washington State, a school he’s hoping to visit next month, he told

It was Sunday evening that Gamble, a two-way star for St. Anthony High in Long Beach, Calif., trimmed down his list of offers and announced a top five of WSU, Cal, Arizona, Nevada and Virginia.

He said there are two reasons the Cougs made his list.

“It’s the coaching staff and their fan base,” Gamble told CF.C. “With the coaches, they really have a different style of how they recruit. I don’t know how to describe it. I’ve spoken with every coach and built a good relationship with each one.

“Right now, I’d say WSU is the program that has been recruiting me the hardest. They’ve all told me I could play early in the Pac-12 as an outside linebacker. They want to get me on campus as soon as possible.”

THE 6-5, 200-POUNDER said he’s in the process of scheduling his unofficial visit to the Palouse.

“I’m really trying to get up there in July,” he said. “I’m just figuring it all out right now. I’ve heard great things about the campus and how big the local fan support is. I’m excited to check everything out.”

First-year WSU outside linebackers coach Roy Manning is Gamble’s area recruiter and the two have built a strong bond throughout his recruiting process.

“He’s been telling me that the program is on the rise and that they want to get back to the Rose Bowl,” Gamble said. “I’ve spoken with Coach Manning, Coach Leach and some of the other coaches on Twitter. They’re all excited about the direction of the program.”

IN ADDITION TO his WSU visit, Gamble said he’s also hoping to visit Virginia, Duke, Michigan, UW, Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Stanford and Utah. A decision could come at any moment, he added.

“At first I was planning on doing it next season, but I think if I were to fall in love with a campus on a visit, I could pull the trigger,” Gamble said. “Once I commit, I’m going to be 100 percent with the school I picked and I won’t be changing anything.”

As a junior last season, Gamble recorded 58 tackles, nine sacks and two forced fumbles. As an outside receiver, he added 15 receptions for 289 yards and five touchdowns.

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