BREAKING: Isaiah Love tells CF.C he's a Coug

THE VERBALS KEEP on rolling in for Mike Leach and Washington State. Moments ago, three-star cornerback Isaiah Love informed CF.C that he's gone crimson. His relationship with assistant Ken Wilson helped him make his decision, so did the advice from a former Cougar DB, who starred for WSU in the mid-2000s.

The Washington State coaches offered Love a little under a month ago. Late last week, Love informed he had the Cougars in his final four. WSU's consistent contact, led by area recruiter Ken Wilson, was more than enough to win over the new Coug commit.

“I’m committing to Washington State,” Love told “The coaching staff has been recruiting me really hard and I’ve been doing a lot of research about the school.

“I did a lot of research on my major (business) and they have a really good program up there. They’re very successful in graduating their players, and WSU is just a great school.”

The 5-11, 170-pounder committed to Washington State on Monday over offers from Colorado, San Diego State, Fresno State, UNLV and others.

WILSON HAS BEEN on Love for quite some time, but didn't officially extend the West Covina, Calif., prospect a full ride until late July. The two have built a close connection.

“I’ve been talking a lot with Coach Wilson and he’s been telling me a lot about how the team is doing in camp,” Love said. “They’ve been doing good in practice and they’re focusing a lot right now on turnovers. Whenever the defense goes on the field, they play with a lot of excitement. There’s just a love for the game over there.

“Coach Wilson actually messaged me a few days ago and told me that he was hoping I’d have some good news for him today. I think he’s definitely excited that I’m going to play for them.”

In addition to Wilson, former Coug defensive back Tyron Brackenridge also helped WSU land Love. How, you ask?

“Tyron is my uncle’s really good friend, so he trains me sometimes,” Love said. “He told me that Washington State is a great school and football wise, they get excited about defense there. He said there’s good coaches up there right now and they can help me get my fundamentals down.”

Brackenridge played two seasons for the Cougars and graduated from WSU in 2007. He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent, started nine games for Jacksonville in 2009 and currently plays for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League.

DESPITE NEVER VISITING WSU, Love still knew WSU was the one. The plan is to head up to the Palouse this fall, he said.

“I haven’t set up a specific date yet, but I’m going to get out there for a visit for sure,” Love said. “I’m going to try and get up there during the season so I can watch the team play.”

In addition to his WSU visit, as previously reported by CF.C, Love said he is also planning on taking official visits to Colorado, Cal and Washington. Both Cal and Washington have yet to offer, but are showing increased interest.

Despite his plans to take official trips, Love said he is solid with the Cougars in his verbal commitment.

“This is very exciting for me,” he said. “I feel like one of my dreams has been accomplished. I’ve always thought of what it would be like to be committed to a college.

“I woke up this morning and I couldn’t believe the day had finally arrived. It feels kind of weird actually (laugh), but it’s a great feeling as well.”

Love becomes verbal commit No. 13 for WSU’s 2016 class. He joins Derek Moore, Chima Onyeukwu, Cody Brewer, Grant Porter, Skyler Thomas, Joshua Watson, Josiah Westbrook, D'Jimon Jones, Stephen Houston, Jalen Thompson, Renard Bell and Jihad Woods.

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