Cougs land hoss No. 3

WSU HAS SECURED a verbal commitment from one of the top high school offensive line prospects in California, bringing to three the number of touted hosses the Cougars have lined up so far in their 2004 recruiting class.

Dan Rowlands, a three-star prospect considered one of the top 75 prep o-linemen in the land, was thinking it over this past week and on Thursday he sealed the deal when he called up WSU O-line coach George Yarno and verbally committed to the Cougars, who next week could become the first Pac-10 school 70 years to win 10 games in three successive seasons.

"I liked the Oline coach there definitely," Rowlands told Sunday. "And the people up there were great too, the players and fans. And I liked the smaller town feel. Everything was centered around the school."

Dan took an official visit two weeks ago and took an immediate liking to the Palouse. "Bobby Byrd was my host the first night and Calvin Armstrong was my host the second night," Rowlands said. "It was so close-knit. There weren't any cliques. Everybody hung out with everybody else."

So when Dan picked up the phone and called Yarno, the coach was more than pleased to hear of Rowlands' decision. "He got all of the other coaches on the phone and they were saying congratulations on my decision." he said. "They even got Coach (Bill) Doba out of the shower to talk to me."

Rowland is 6-4, weighs 250 and has tremendous agility. He chose the Cougars over Oregon State, Arizona, BYU and Fresno State

WSU's other OL verbals are Spokane's 300-pound Andy Roof (rated No. 44 among prep O-linemen nationally, and Vancouver's 315-pound Eddie Vickers, rated No. 116.

IN OTHER RECRUITING news, WSU soft verbal bernard Hicks became a solid verbal.

For the complete list of WSU's 13 verbals so far click on the "Commits" button in the left-hand column.

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