3-star California RB headed to WSU junior day

A 3-STAR running back prospect from California with a Washington State offer will be out on the Palouse for the Cougs’ junior day on April 2. Out of Mountain View, Calif., Cyrus Habibi-Likio (6-1, 200) said it’s still early in the recruiting process but Washington State has caught his eye.

“I do have a lot of interest in that school,” said Habibi-Likio of Washington State.

Wazzu assistant coach Jim Mastro is running the recruiting point on the St. Francis High product.

“I love the school. Coach Mastro is a great coach, the running backs coach there. We keep in touch a lot. The facilities seem great, and they're of course in the Pac-12,” said Habibi-Likio.

Habibi-Likio holds offers from WSU, BYU, Hawaii, UNLV, Wyoming and others. He’s hearing from Cal, UW and Oklahoma State and thinks they also could be close to putting a scholie offer on the table.

Schools are recruiting him variously at running back and defensive back.  WSU likes him primarily at running back.

"When I got offered I talked to a defensive coach too. Coach Mastro is recruiting me and they want me more at running back, but the defensive coach said he might like me to play some defense,” said Habibi-Likio.

Habibi-Likio said he plans to verbally commit late in his senior season or possibly after. 

“I don't think I'll commit before the season,” he said.

He’s been to Cal’s junior day and will visit UW before heading onto WSU. He said his Christian faith will play a role in his decision and that early playing time and distance aren't strong factors, although he did say Cal being only 30 minutes away would be nice with family close by.

“I don't mind playing early or redshirting for a year,” said Habibi-Likio.

Habibi-Likio was named first-team all-league and WCAL junior of the year in 2015, rushing for 1,428 yards on 234 carries with 17 touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 166 yards and 2 TDs in helping lead the Lancers to the state Division II-A title game this past season.

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