Estes a Coug, Ferguson close

<i></i> spoke Monday night with <b>Delbert Ferguson</b>, who just returned home from an official visit to Washington State University. The Ohio back shared some interesting comments on his trip as well as some news on Los Alamitos(Calif.) safety <b>Randy Estes</b>.

So how does a top running back from the midwest like Delbert get hooked up with a Pac-10 school in the Palouse? Two words - Josh Swogger.

"Josh and I went to the same high school," Ferguson said Monday evening. "He told me that he's in love with everything out there and I'll take his opinion over that of anybody else I talk to. He said that he's really pleased with his decision, and I think I would be too if I went there."

What else was it about WSU that appealed to Delbert? "Their record the last three years," he said. "They are really on a high right now. And also their running back situation. I think I could be going into a great situation there. I could play early.

"I also liked the coaches there. They seemed more 'hands-on'. A lot of times, the head coach isn't involved and you feel like you're just another number. But you could tell that they really wanted us there."

Delbert also mentioned meeting Will Derting and Devard Darling as two of the nicer guys he met on his visit.

The visit put the Cougars in the driver's seat for Ferguson's services. "Nebraska is competely out of the picture," he said. "And I have three other visits set up, but right now I'm not sure I'm going to take them. At this point I might cancel them. I'm thinking about it strongly."

So who else is Delbert considering? "Well, Iowa," he said. "Their running back (Fred Russell) is graduating, and I think I have the size and mentality to play early. That's a big factor for me. And our AD went to Iowa too.

"And I might trip to Cincinnati because I know the head coach there (Mark Dantonio). He was at Ohio State. But I was really impressed with Washington State so I don't think it's even going to matter."

Ferguson laid the odds of him becoming a Cougar right now at '90 percent'. "Right now they are number one," he said. "I just have to sit down and talk to my parents and my pastor and make a decision soon."

Bill Doba and Kelly Skipper will be in Ohio Wednesday for an in-home visit with the Fergusons.

Delbert also confirmed the verbal commitment of Randy Estes to Washington State. "He's the number-one safety in the country," Ferguson said of Estes. "The coaches told me that if I committed it would be the best class Washington State has ever had."

Ferguson also confirmed that Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln safety prospect Michael Willis and Puyallup, Washington TE Jacob McKinney were also in Pullman this past weekend and reaffirmed their commitments to WSU.

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