Three-star RB schedules WSU official

DECEMBER IS GOING to be a big recruiting month for Washington State. With the new recruiting strategy, Mike Leach and Co. are waiting to bring in the vast majority of their official visitors until after the regular season -- one of those names includes three-star running back prospect Daevon Vigilant. The speedster informed CF.C he’s scheduled his WSU visit and can’t wait to get to Pullman and reconnect with a familiar face.

On Dec. 11, Vigilant, ranked the No. 28 RB prospect in the country by and out of Downey, Calif., will head to the Palouse on an official trip.

Out of Downey High, the 5-9, 170-pounder is prep teammates with future Coug Jalen Thompson, who signed a Financial Aid Agreement with the Cougars last month and will enroll at WSU in January. 

“Jalen’s been telling me grow great the staff is,” Vigilant said. “I’ve been speaking with Coach Roy Manning since the summer. Coach has been telling me how they’re starting to run the ball a little bit more and that Pullman is a beautiful place.

“It’s not just about football when I speak with Coach Manning, though. He sends me a lot of motivational stuff. We have a pretty good relationship going right now.”

IN ADDITION TO WSU, Vigilant also holds offers from Colorado, Utah, Michigan, Nevada, Wyoming, San Diego State and several others.

“Right now I don’t have a list of top schools or anything like that,” he said. “I know I’m visiting SDSU, Washington State, probably Michigan and also Wyoming.

“I’m looking for a school that can give me the best degree. I’m basing my decision off both school and football. I want to study business in college, so the school I choose has to have a good business school.”

One thing the Cougars have going in their favor is that Vigilant’s teammate (Thompson) is a WSU commit, and he’s also got a family member currently making noise in the backfield in Pullman.

“I’ve got my cousin Gerard Wicks over there already,” Vigilant said. “That’s really big for me knowing he’s already at WSU and enjoying himself. I grew up playing football with him and running track. We’re real close.

“He’s 'recruiting' me, but he’s being supportive of everything. He’s not really pressuring me about anything. I’ve always thought about playing with him in college, but I have to make a decision that’s best for me.” 

Vigilant said he’s hoping to make his decision in late December or early January, with the hopes of graduating early and enrolling at his school of choice in January.

HERE ARE MORE recruiting notes for you:

• On Dec. 4, three-star defensive end Anthony Smith will be taking an official visit to WSU, he announced on his Twitter. The 6-3, 250-pounder holds offers from Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, SDSU and a few others.

• Late last week, WSU extended a scholarship offer to San Francisco City College defensive back Robert Taylor. In addition to WSU, the 5-11, 180-pounder holds an offer from Purdue.

• There were several unofficial visitors in Pullman over the weekend. From our conversations with those recruits, many left Pullman either late Sunday or early Monday morning. We’re working the phones to get in contact with them and will let you know what we hear.

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