Four-star LB high on WSU with decision near

BACK IN late April, four-star linebacker prospect Bryce Youngquist took an unofficial visit to Washington State. More than two months later, that trip is still on his mind. In a conversation with Cougfan.com, the outside 'backer said the Cougs remain high on his list and are among the top five schools he’s considering with his college decision right around the corner.

Things are coming down to the wire for Youngquist (pictured above).

“Things are going great right now,” he said. “I was originally thinking about making my college decision after my football season, but I’m ready to pick. I want to get it over with before the season, so I can focus on my team.”

WSU, he said, is right in the thick of things for possibly landing Youngquist’s services. Youngquist was earlier reported to have had Oregon on the top of his list but when we asked him who his leader was, he didn't name one.

“I’m considering all my top five schools right now,” Youngquist said. “Oregon, Washington State, Arizona State, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.”

IF YOUNGQUIST ends up going crimson, his trip from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. to Pullman in late April will be a big reason why.

“Man, that visit was just awesome,” Youngquist said. “I loved the organization over there. Everything was set up perfectly. I really liked the hospitality from everyone as well. I really liked the town and all the support the team had. All the coaches were great, too.”

The 6-3, 225-pounder out of Los Osos High has been speaking mostly with defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and outside linebackers coach Roy Manning.

“I talk to them almost every day,” Youngquist said. “I’m always talking with them on Twitter and they showed me the new gear they just got. Everything is looking awesome.

“They’ve been telling me how they want me to come to WSU super bad. It’s crazy because I have four other schools letting me know the exact same thing. This is going to be a very hard decision. I wish I could go to all five schools, but at the end of the day I can only choose one.”

And there’s a reason in particular Manning and the rest of the WSU coaches want to see him in crimson.

“They like the way I maneuver around the field,” Youngquist said. “I’m good in space and the coaches like that. They like my speed too. I can plug in anywhere and make an impact.”

NOTABLE NOTES:
• Youngquist will unofficially visit Oklahoma and Wisconsin next weekend. He has already taken trips to WSU, Oregon and Arizona State. He’s hoping to make his decision shortly after those two visits.

• Defensive back Jeff Farrar has received his release from WSU and is transferring, with Nebraska a possible landing spot, huskeronline.com reported. Farrar redshirted as a freshman and was unable to climb into the two-deeps at either corner, nickel or safety after spring ball this year. Former Oregon State coach Mike Riley is now the head coach at Nebraska.

• Four-star Aberdeen LB/DE and WSU target Joel Dublanko accepted an invite to play in the 2016 Semper-FI All-American game on Thursday, Northwest Elite Index’s Ryland Spencer reported.


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