RECRUITING: Cougs on top for Scandrick

<b>ORLANDO SCANDRICK</b> went into his visit to Washington State with no leaders, all the schools were even. He didn't leave Pullman that way. talked to the 6-0, 170-pound speed merchant about his official visit to WSU, which side of the ball he's likely to play on at the next level and more.

How much did Orlando Scandrick enjoy his trip to WSU this past Apple Cup weekend? His answer was succinct but spoke volumes.

"I loved it," said Scandrick.

Coming into his official visit to WSU, all schools were on equal footing for the 6-0, 170-pound playmaker from Los Alamitos. His trip to Pullman definitely changed all that. Washington State is now the clear frontrunner.

"I'm thinking about committing (soon)," said Scandrick. "Wazzu is my leader."

At the present time however, Scandrick's focus is on the task at hand and that's the playoffs. No.2 ranked Los Alamitos (10-1) meets Bishop Amat in the second round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs this Friday night.

SCANDRICK IS A STANDOUT on both sides of the ball, some schools are recruiting him at defensive back but that's not the case with Washington State. Scandrick said the Cougs are recruiting him as a wide receiver.

"I'm not being recruited as a DB (by Washington State)...I'm being recruited by coach (Mike) Levenseller to play wide receiver."

Whether schools are recruiting Scandrick for offense or defense, one thing is for sure -- the Los Alamitos native is no longer flying under the radar as he might have been earlier this recruiting season. While we were speaking with Scandrick, a coach at Oregon called. After that, Orlando called back and we talked a little more about his visit to Washington State.

THE LOS AL PRODUCT connected with many of the Cougar players on his trip. Said Scandrick of Michael Bumpus, Dan Rowlands and Ian Bell; "They were good hosts...they embraced me with open arms." He listed spending time with them as one of the highlights.

"The players, I liked all the players."

At the end of the Apple Cup, he was also right in the middle of the celebration on the field along with Vic So'oto and Fevaea'i Ahmu.

"I was right with those guys. They're cool people. Me and Vic we stayed right next door to each other, we hung out the whole time...That was the first time I met him but now we're becoming good friends. And Mike Willis too."

Previously, Scandrick had some additional visits set up but he said after this weekend at WSU, he's no longer planning on any further trips.

On the year for the Griffins, Scandrick has 40 catches for 717 yards with eight TDs (Ten total.) He's handled 14 kickoffs this year, averaging 38 yards a return. His all-purpose yardage average is 120 yards a game, good for second on the high powered Los Al offense.

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