It's decision day: Will WSU win Pac-12/Big-12 battle for midyear JUCO o-tackle prospect Robert Valencia? Set to decide sometime Tuesday

AT SOME POINT on Tuesday, one of four schools will be getting a phone call from offensive tackle Robert Valencia with a commitment on the other line. Moments ago, the JUCO prospect told Cougfan.com he's got three Pac-12 schools and a Big-12 program in his final four and that Washington State remains in the hunt following his official visit over the weekend.

It’s a Pac-12/Big-12 battle to land the City College of San Francisco offensive tackle.

“I should have an answer by the end of the day,” Valencia said. “I’ll be deciding between Washington State, Cal, Utah and Texas Tech.”

Valencia plans to sign tomorrow, the first day of the midyear transfer period. He was out on the Palouse over the weekend for his fifth and final official visit. He'd previously tripped to Cal, Utah, Texas Tech and Nevada.

“I thought it was a nice place,” Valencia said. “It was a change of weather from where I am, but I got to meet the guys on the team and got comfortable with them. I also met with the coaching staff and Mike Leach.

“The coaches are trying to get me to commit there. They were explaining the position of the offense and how I could go out and compete for a starting job.”

While he was in Pullman, the 6-6, 290-pounder reconnected with former CCSF players Shalom Luani and Robert Taylor.

The two Cougars talked to Valencia about the many things Washington State and Pullman had to offer.

“It was great reconnecting with them,” Valencia said. “They weren’t directly recruiting me, but I know they want another City guy up there. They showed me around the campus and told me about the school.

“I thought the facilities were top of the line. I think they utilize them well up there at Washington State.”

Valencia, who has two years to play two, will sign Wednesday and then enroll with his program of choice in January. As mentioned above, he’s down to WSU, Cal, Utah and Texas Tech.  Cal has been thought to be the frontrunner given its nearby location to Valencia and his family (pictured above).  Valencia did add that he’s a fan of the Air Raid offense.

“With the offense we run (at CCSF), we throw the ball a lot as well,” Valencia said. “I’m asked to do a lot of pass blocking. I thnk I’d be able to fit right in with the offense at Washington State if I decide I want to go there.”

Stay tuned as Valencia will be announcing his decision at any time.

Notable Note:

• WSU was in the final two for JUCO LB Nick Underwood, but the 6-2, 230-pounder announced on his Twitter page on Tuesday morning that he has committed to Maryland.


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