When it comes to the various pipelines of talent to WSU, most recent verbal reminds not to forget Texas

IN COUGAR recruiting lore, the two connections – Compton in the 1980s and Curtis High in the 1990s -- rank among the great conduits of concentrated football talent. And the ongoing Polynesian Pipeline is taking its place right alongside.

But there’s another crimson supply line that seems to get overlooked – one that WSU’s newest verbal commit brings into focus.

It’s the Lone Star State.

Ty Hampton, the 3-star receiver from El Paso who pledged allegiance to WSU on Friday, is the latest in a steady procession of Cougars from Texas.

This fall’s squad will include three returning Texans, all defensive backs: Darius Lemora  of Port Arthur and two Houston products, Charleston White and Kirkland Parker. Those three were joined on last season’s team by now-graduated receiver Tyler Baker of Bullard.

Texas is no flash in the pan when it comes to the Cougar roster. Consider some of these notables who’ve suited up for the Cougars over the years:

* Devard Darling  (Houston): Star receiver on two of the greatest teams (2002 and 2003) in Cougar history. Went on to play six seasons in the NFL.

* Ken Grandberry (Waco): A standout running back from 1971-73, he still ranks in WSU’s career top 10 for rushing yards (2,102). Later played for the Chicago Bears. In 2011, Cougfan.com named him one of the five greatest non-kicker WSU walk ons of the modern era.

* Ammon McWashington (Conroe): A mainstay at halfback and standout return specialist on WSU’s fabled Cadiac Kids team of 1965; father of 1997 Fab Five Rose Bowl receiver Shawn McWashington.

* Greg Trent (Keller): A four-year starter from from 2005-08, he ranks No. 7 on WSU’s career tackles list with 323.

* Chima Nwachukwu (Allen): A four-year starter from from 2007-10, he was a two-time second-team Academic All-American and three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection who posted 200 career tackles. Was entering Stanford Law School last time we talked with him.

If you think we've missed one of WSU's most notable Texans, head over to the message boards and let us know.

PICTURED ABOVE: Grandberry (left) and Darling. PICTURED BELOW: Nwachukwu


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