Cougar RB verbal Cyrus Habibi-Likio says he is ready to lead Washington State from Day One

COUGAR VERBAL Cyrus Habibi-Likio has seen the Cougar football program in the news lately. Troubles with the law haven’t sat well with the three-star running back. And he recently took an official elsewhere. But on Tuesday night he told although the news has been troublesome, he’s focused instead on how he and his '17 recruiting class can help prevent such reports from ever occurring once he arrives to WSU.

As Cougar fans know, there have been three incidents involving WSU football players since July. First there was the brawl at the off-campus party, followed by Shalom Luani’s alleged assault and this week’s update allegedly involving Logan Tago’s fight over beer.

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Habibi-Likio, who verballed to WSU in the spring, told CF.C it’s certainly been worrisome for him and his family to see the Cougars in such a negative light. But he added that he wants to see things change the moment he sets foot on campus.

“It’s pretty upsetting,” he said. “It’s not the best thing to see as a commit and I’ve talked with the other guys about it too. They’re not too happy, but it’s not changing our decision.

"I know I don’t get in trouble like that and I know I won’t get into that kind of stuff when I’m there. I’m hoping I can be a positive example for my teammates when I’m there.”

How so?

“I know that Washington State plays a lot of freshmen early,” Habibi-Likio said. “And I’m hoping I can be one of those freshman leaders and step up. If I don’t get the chance to play, I’ll be a silent leader. If I see people going out, I’ll tell my roommates or teammates when I think something is a bad idea. If I play as a freshman, I’m definitely going to be vocal to the point where I’m a senior or a fifth-year senior.

“If I’m playing and someone has a problem with me taking charge, they can settle it with the coaches. At St. Frances, we’re expected to be leaders and if guys keep getting into trouble and not following rules, then I don’t want them to be on my team.”

As for his commitment level to the Cougars, the three-star running back said things remain the same and he remains solid to WSU.

Habibi-Likio did take an official visit to Utah over the weekend, though.

The trip is one he made sure to tell area recruiter Jim Mastro about way in advance. 

“He (Mastro) said it was fine and for me to enjoy my visits, as long as one was to Washington State (laugh),” Habibi-Likio said. “I think he’d prefer a committed recruit didn’t visit other schools, but he wasn’t upset about it.

“I took the visit because I think it’s good to keep teams in consideration. If coaches are putting in the work to keep recruiting you, you should respect that. At the same time, though, I think I’m taking other visits just to compare then to Washington State and basically reaffirm my decision. If I go to a school and I love it, I need to keep in mind I’ll be going there for the next four years, but I’m set on Washington State and I don’t think there’s any red flags in going there.”

Habibi-Likio is planning on taking his official visit to WSU in December, in accordance with WSU's recruiting schedule of bringing in official visitors after the season.  But he admitted that he’s trying to convince the WSU staff to let him come to Pullman during the season so he can watch a game and check out the atmosphere at Martin Stadium.

Here are some more recruiting notes for you: 

• In case you missed it, Washington State QB verbal Connor Neville had a mindblowing performance Week 2, recording nine total touchdowns.

• Former WSU WR verbal Isaiah Hodgins, who is still planning on taking an official visit to Pullman, announced on his Twitter feed this week that he’ll also be taking an official to Nebraska. He has already set up a trip to Oregon State and has also said he wants to visit Oregon. 

• Last week, WSU was the newest offer for four-star defensive back Steve Stephens. The 6-0, 170-pounder is ranked the No. 9 safety in the country per 

• As of Wednesday, the Cougars hold 15 known verbals commits for its 2016 class. For the complete list of verbals, head here. 

• According to rankings, WSU’s 2017 class currently checks in at No. 41 in the country. WSU in sandwiched between Duke and Memphis. 

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