Pullman wins over verbal pledge Porter on WSU unofficial

WHEN WIDEOUT GRANT PORTER verballed to Washington State over the summer, he had never been to Pullman. This past weekend the three-star prospect traveled to Pullman for an unofficial visit and told Cougfan.com his crimson experience was best described by one word.


Give the Cougar faithful on hand for Stanford a big assist for why Porter says he left the Palouse 110 percent solid in his verbal commitment.

Despite the heartbreaking 30-28 loss to No. 8 Stanford on Saturday, Porter, out of Upland, Calif., loved the atmosphere at Martin Stadium.

“It was amazing,” Porter said. “It was more than I expected. The fans were going crazy and were super loud the whole game.

"It’s really great how the whole community comes together for the games. The town shuts down for Cougar football.”

PORTER ARRIVED TO WSU on Saturday and left early Monday morning. He told CF.C that although the loss to Stanford was a tough one to swallow, he enjoyed what he saw out of the Cougs in a losing effort. And he spoke in terms of "we."

“Overall, we played well,” Porter said. “When you look at it, other teams in the Pac-12 have gotten blown out by Stanford. We came up short, but we played a lot better than the other teams that faced them. We played them (tougher) than any other team.”

While in Pullman, Porter got to check out the whole campus and had the opportunity to meet some of the players. This includes a pair of former high school teammates.

“I met with Tyler (Hilinski) and Kameron (Powell),” Porter said. “I also got to meet Gabe Marks and most of the wide receivers."

He got to talk a bit with area recruiter Ken Wilson, outside receivers coach Graham Harrell and more of the WSU staff on Sunday night.

“That was a great experience," said Porter.

Porter also had the chance to meet with head man Mike Leach briefly.

“We spoke, but only for a few minutes after the game because he was eating,” Porter said. “I could tell he wasn’t in the best of moods because of the close loss, but it was good seeing him. He said he can’t wait to have me out on the field, and to see me again.” 

Leach and Porter will see one another in Pullman in January when Porter returns for his official visit. The exact date of that visit is yet to be determined but a quick look at the recruiting calendar shows it will fall sometime between Jan. 14-31.

“I can’t wait to come back,” Porter said. “Right now, I’m 110 percent solid with Washington State. I needed to come out here and experience the whole vibe and I’m glad I did.

“Pullman is a lot different than California, too. The air is a lot cleaner and there’s no traffic. I like the small town atmosphere a lot.”

HERE ARE MORE recruiting notes for you:

• On Monday afternoon, Washington State extended a scholarship offer to Eastside Catholic 2017 prospect Hunter Bryant. In addition to WSU, Bryant holds an offer from Washington. Bryant as listed as a three-star tight end by Scout.com.

.• In case you missed it yesterday, three-star defensive end Anthony Smith has set up an official visit to Washington State for Dec. 4. The Las Vegas prospect, who checks in at 6-3, 250, holds offers from WSU, Colorado, UNLV, San Diego State, Hawaii, Colorado State and others.

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