Cougs land verbal No. 3

<b>BILL DOBA</b> AND STAFF wasted no time this week locking up a verbal commitment from the MVP of WSU's annual summer camp. The lad, a two-way standout from the other side of the state who runs the 40 in 4.46 seconds, brings the Cougars' list of 2005 verbals to three -- leaving as few as nine spots to fill between now and February.

Brandon Gibson, a 6-0, 175-pound athlete from Puyallup's Rogers High made his verbal commitment after earning co-MVP honors at WSU's just-concluded summer camp, according to Rogers Head Coach Gene Bowen.

Gibson is an athlete of uncommon versatility. He's a standout at both receiver and defensive back, returns kicks and stays in shape in the winter by performing at an all-league level in basketball. In one game last fall he also rushed the ball six times, racking up 194 yards and three TDs.

The fact the Cougars offered him on the spot at the camp is a huge endorsement of Gibson's potential, because WSU is expected to have scholarships available for no more than 15, and perhaps as few as 12, kids in the 2005 class.

"Brandon was at the Washington State camp and he just joined us at our team camp here at Western (Washington)," Bowen told "And from what Brandon told me, he was offered by Washington State and he has made a verbal commitment to them at this point."

Bowen went on to say that it's his opinion the commitment will stick until signing day. "I think he definitely put some thought into it," he said.

Idaho was the other school to offer Gibson at the time of his commitment. He's known as an explosive athlete and a playmaker.

"Number one, he's a fantastic athlete," said Bowen. "I don't think you'll find a better one right now in the SPSL. He's got great hands, runs good routes and just works really hard at it.

"Our offense is 60-40 run, so our 'x' receiver isn't going to get a lot of touches. It's impressive to me how he was really able to open some eyes with so few passes thrown to him. I had him returning kicks and also ran a couple of reverses with him."

Gibson is WSU's third verbal so far, joining Seattle RB/DB Shelton Danzy and touted Fresno quarterback Arkelon Hall.

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