Recruiting Wire VERBAL - Wilson Holman 10/31

DEFENSIVE TACKLE <b>Wilson Holman</b> took a visit to Washington State this weekend. And before the trip came to a close, the Cougs added a new member to their 2005 recruiting class, with Holman giving his verbal commitment to coach <b>Robin Pflugrad</b>.

On Saturday night, Wilson Holman ended his recruiting process and made his decision on where he's going to play his college football -- Holman will be a Cougar. Cougfan.com spoke with the 6-4, 300-pound pre-season All-Stater this evening after he returned home.

"I told coach (Robin) Pflugrad," said the senior from Moses Lake, adding that Pflu was thrilled. "Pflugrad then announced it to all the recruits that were down there on their official visits." The place erupted with cheers.

Holman is the eighth known verbal commit in WSU's 2005 class. He's also the third big man, joining Gig Harbor's Kenny Alfred and Vancouver, B.C.'s Joey Eppele.

Among the reasons Holman chose Washington State, the coaches.

"I've always liked Washington State. I went up there a few times for the practices and enjoyed them. And I just liked the coaches a lot, plus its not too far from home."

Oregon State had also offered Holman.

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE Moses Lake faced this season was replacing DT Mitch Reffett, two-time Big Nine Defensive Player of the Year who now spends his Saturdays on the gridiron at Central Washington.

Challenge accepted, and challenge met.

Holman has seized that opportunity in Moses Lake's 4-3 this season, becoming a dominant force in the middle, shutting down running lanes.

"I think I'm doing pretty good (on the season). I drive off the ball well, clogging up the middle and I do use my quickness."

Next up this week for the Holman and the Chiefs, a must win regular season finale against Kennewick. Moses Lake (5-4) is a young team this year, but they've battled their way into having a shot at the postseason as the regular season comes to a close.

"We're doing pretty good. Our last game is on Thursday night and we've got to beat Kennewick, (Eisenhower has to lose) and then we'll make it to the playoffs."

Among his honors and accolades, the run-stopping defensive tackle was a preseason member of the Seattle Times' All-State football team.

Asked if he had a message to give to the Cougar Nation, the newest verbal had this to say: "I'm just proud I'm going to be playing there...I'm going to work hard."

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