Talk about a predicament

EDDIE VICKERS, the 6-4, 330-pound offensive lineman from Vancouver, Wash., was in a bit of a predicament. He had some news he wanted to get off his chest but he was having trouble tracking down the people he needed to talk with. So we both waited. And waited.

Eventually, Eddie did make the connections he need to make, and in the process became WSU's ninth verbal commitment of this recruiting season.

I had chatted with Eddie on Sunday and he said he was going to commit to Ol' Wazzu, but that he hadn't yet talked with any of the Cougar coaches. So we kept things mum until he did.

Finally, on Tuesday, "I was able to reach Coach (Mike) Levenseller, (George) Yarno and Coach (Bill) Doba," Vickers said. "I just got everything done. They congratulated me on my decision and said they can't wait to see me. Coach Levenseller told me he would be calling me on September 1st to fill me in on all the stuff I need to know about coming to games and things like that."

On Sunday, he said he was ready to pull the trigger and make a commitment to the Cougars, but couldn't find a coach to turn his words to gold. "I've seen Oregon and my dad really wanted me to go to Oregon," Eddie said. "And Oregon is a wonderful program with tons of money and everything a new recruit would want, but I felt at home at Washington State.

"Yarno is a great coach. He just seemed to me to be just a coach, not a politician."

Levenseller had laid out the scenario for Eddie back when Vickers had travelled to Pullman to attend Washington State's summer camp. "He told me that they were taking three offensive linemen and I knew that Andy Roof had committed, so I didn't want to wait around too long," he said..

"But for me, it was an easy decision to make. I loved it there when I was at camp, so I called Coach Levenseller and left a message that I wanted to be a Cougar. But now it's official."

Vickers and Roof both attended the Oregon Nike camp, and were considered the No. 1 and No. 2 offensive linemen by the Student Sports staff. At camp, Eddie ran a 5.50 40, 5.09 shuttle, vertically jumped 22.1 inches and benched 185 pounds 17 times.

Vickers is the ninth prep senior-to-be to commit verbally to WSU so far this recruiting campaign. He was preceded on the list by Columbia River teammate Bryan Baird.

Eight of the nine verbals are from the state of Washington and another, Alex Hamill, is just across the border from Spokane in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.

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