3-star RB tells CF.C he came away from WSU trip beaming

SPRING BALL at Washington State isn’t yet to the halfway point but a long list of recruits have already made the pilgrimage to Pullman. Three-star RB Cyrus Habibi-Likio out of Mountain View, Calif., was among the visitors last week and tells Cougfan.com he came away beaming about all things crimson.

“I loved it, it was awesome, I had a great time,” said Cyrus Habibi-Likio. “Not only did I love the football team, but the people around on campus and the fans. It’s a college town and everyone is so diehard for the Cougs. It’s an awesome school.”

Habibi-Likio said he had a great talk with Mike Leach and came away with answers to all the questions he had about WSU heading in. His mom and uncle both came along on the unofficial visit.

“They loved it, I think they really liked the fact that people were so welcoming – not just the football players and coaches but the people on campus,” said Habibi-Likio. “They really enjoyed it… my uncle is one of my biggest supporters in football and he really loved that the offense does fit me because I can really catch the ball coming out of the backfield.”

Running the recruiting point for WSU on Habibi-Likio is Jim Mastro.

“He’s a great guy, love that guy -- I haven’t even committed and he already treats me like a son,” said Habibi-Likio. “When we were there he made sure I was ok and my family was ok, he’s just a great guy. He’s from Milpitas which is about 20 minutes where I’m from…We clicked. I could tell he treats his running backs like they’re children of his own. He takes care of ‘em.”

WSU’s facilities also made a strong impression.

“I’ve visited a couple schools and their locker rooms are definitely the biggest. The weight room was awesome and they had more lifting racks than any school I’ve visited... What really intrigued me -- I was fascinated that under the floor of their weight room are a bunch of giant springs. You walk in there and you can bounce around and when you drop the weights it’s awesome for safety… the stadium is awesome too,” said Habibi-Likio.

Habibi-Likio is a running back but is also being recruited by some schools on defense at safety and linebacker at the next level. He holds offers from WSU, BYU, Hawaii and others, with Cal and UW from the Pac-12 lurking.  Habibi-Likio said he likes how Washington State is positioned nicely or the years to come.

“Everyone can see it. The record has changed and they’re on the rise and they’re still getting better…WSU is recruiting me as a running back and they do pass a lot to the running back with screens and swing routes and all that,” said Habibi-Likio.

Habibi-Likio said he hopes to get up to WSU again, possibly in May, with his father on another unofficial so his dad can check things out.



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