UPDATED: CF.C speaks with 4-star offensive lineman Robert Valencia; Chose Cougs over Cal, Utah, and Texas Tech

A GOOD DAY in Cougar recruiting just keeps getting better. Robert Valencia, a 4-star sought junior college offensive tackle offered this cycle by Oregon, Cal, Utah, Texas Tech and others, confirmed with he is Wazzu-bound. And like his fellow City College of San Francisco teammate, WR Easop Winston, he’ll sign as a midyear transfer with WSU on Wednesday. But what sent the Cougs over the top?

Update: Valencia saw his ranking jump on Tuesday. He is now rated 4 stars and the No. 18 overall junior college prospect nationally.

This was a hard-fought recruiting win for Washington State.

Area recruiter Jim Mastro visited Valencia in his parents' living room twice during the contact period and offensive line coach Clay McGuire joined Mastro on the last in-home.

The two Cougar coaches secured the fifth and final official visit during that second in-home, with Valencia and his parents tripping to WSU this past weekend. And once recruits get to Pullman, Mike Leach and Co. close on a high percentage of official visitors.

On Tuesday night, Valencia gave the WSU staff the news they were hoping to hear.

"I had been thinking about this decision the whole day," Valencia told CF.C's Braulio Perez. "Finally I was at dinner and made a group chat with Coach Mastro and Coach McGuire to let them know I was committing. As soon as I told them, they started blowing my phone up. They said 'Congrats!' 'Hell yeah!' and that they can't wait to get me up there to start."

Valencia tripped to WSU for his fifth and final official visit over the weekend. While in Pullman, he checked out the campus and got to spend some quality time with members of the team.

Turns out that quality time helped WSU land the 6-6, 290-pounder.

"During the middle of my visit, I was hanging out with the guys and and getting to know everyone a little bit more," he said. "It was kind of at that point where I knew I could see myself joining the team. 

"I had great comfort with them. I know I'll have some challenging battles ahead with the returning tackles, but I think I could get in there and compete for a starting job. It (WSU) is the best place for me."

Valencia, who prepped in San Francisco, said it was certainly a tough decision, though. He was down to hometown Cal, Utah and Texas Tech. 

"You know, I was planning on releasing my decision earlier today, but the more I thought about it, the tougher and tougher it got," Valencia said. "I took some time and then realized where I wanted to go and that's Washington State."

He added that he'll be signing his National Letter of Intent to WSU and sending it to the Cougar coaches tomorrow.

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