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UPDATED: Three-star running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio breaks down his verbal with CF.C

FOR THE SECOND straight day, Mike Leach and Jim Mastro have landed a commitment from a three-star California prospect. Moments ago running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio told Cougfan.com he gave the Cougars the news they’ve been expecting for the past couple of weeks.

And that news is that he’s going to don a crimson uniform in college.

Habibi-Likio , ranked three stars and the No. 70 running back in the country by Scout.com, gave the Cougars his verbal on Tuesday morning.

"Yes sir, I pulled the trigger," he told CF.C. "I'm really excited and it really hasn't hit me yet. It's still kicking in a little bit, but it's one of the greatest feelings. I'm really hoping this is the beginning of something special."

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The Mountain View, Calif., product said he spoke with WSU running backs coach Jim Mastro to give him the news that he wanted to give the staff his commitment. Mastro was fired up, Habibi-Likio said. 

His decision was one that had been in the works for a while, he added.

"You know, I got the time to sit down with my family and my coaches," Habibi-Likio said. "We just talked about WSU and how amazing the football team is and how I'll also get a great education.

"Just the fact that Coach Leach and Coach Mastro and the whole staff wanted me since day one was huge. I felt like it's important to go play for a team that wants you as bad as you want them. Everything just kind of clicked for me."

The newest Cougar commit chose WSU over tenders from Boise State, BYU, Hawaii, Iowa State and several others. He said the four schools mentioned were the other programs he was giving hard looks to prior to giving the WSU staff his verbal.

Habibi-Likio said he does plan on taking some visits this summer.... but only to Washington State.

"I'm done taking trips to other programs," he said. "My recruitment is done. I'm going to try and get out to WSU this summer and next fall too. I'm 100 percent committed to them."

As a junior last season, the 6-1, 200-pounder rushed for 1,438 yards and 17 touchdowns. He added 166 yards receiving and two additional scores. He joins Isaiah Hodgins, Connor Neville, Dontae Powell and Tayari Venable as WSU’s ’17 pledges. 

"I'm very excited to play for WSU in Pullman and the Spring Game in Spokane," he said. "I'm excited to go to WSU for the next four years and meet all of the great people in Pullman and all of the Coug fans."

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