Highly touted prospects in Pullman this weekend

WASHINGTON STATE, with but a handful of scholarships left to offer in its 2004 class, will be entertaining two of the West Coast's most coveted prep prospects this weekend. Adding one or both of them to the group the Cougars have assembled so far would put a giant exclamation point a class currently ranked among the top 20 in the land.

Pullman will be the second of five official trips for Kenny O'Neal, a lightening quick four-star receiver from Oakland's Skyline High. The Cougars will have to pull out all the stops because O'Neal -- who began his high school career in Georgia -- is believed to be a heavy lean toward the Georgia Bulldogs, whom he visited a week ago.

But the fact WSU was able to land the 6-foot, 200-pounder for an official visit bodes well because as recently as a month ago it looked like Texas or South Carolina would be joining Georgia, Florida and USC in his top five.

Besides the Cougars and Dogs, his other finalists are USC, Florida and Oregon.

The former Georgia state Class 5A 100 meter champ runs the 40 in 4.4 and has been clocked in the 100 meters at 10.4 seconds. He concluded this past season with 35 receptions for 850 yds. He also scored 25 TDs, including 3 on kick returns. He is ranked the No. 11 receiving prospect in the nation.

THE OTHER TOUTED prospect believed to be tripping to Pullman this weekend is four-star offensive lineman Aaron Klovas (6-6, 300) of Bethel High in Spanaway, Wash. WSU will be his fifth and final visit, having already tripped to UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State and Michigan State.

But he's made it clear that this is a three-team race among the Cougars, Bruins and Ducks. He says he'll make his decision in early January.

WSU coaches had an in-home visit with him on Dec. 16.

"I really like the small town atmosphere at Washington St. It's a family feel and I liked the coaches a lot at the camp this summer. I just learned a lot that day," Klovas told TheInsiders.com.

Rated among the top 15 OL prospects in the nation, Klovas is a two-time All-South Pugert Sound League tackle and a consensus All-State performer.

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