RECRUITING: Cougs lead for Brumfield

IT LOOKS LIKE its down to two Pac-10 schools for a hard hitting linebacker out of California. At 6-foot-3, <b>Lamar Brumfield</b> has some size to him and could end up being that big middle 'backer from the HS ranks that schools love to land. Then again, he also has plenty of the attributes you look for in an outside linebacker.

Lamar Brumfield, a 6-3, 215-pound linebacker out of Carson, Calif., has a Top 2 -- Washington State and Oregon. Does he have a current favorite out of the two Pac-10 schools?

"Washington State," said Brumfield.

Both the Cougs and the Ducks have offered. Brumfield has official visits scheduled to both Oregon and WSU.

"I'll be going to Oregon on the 21st, and I'm going to Washington State on the 15th." Brumfield said.

On those visits, the Carson High standout will be looking for several things, including a family atmosphere and information top to bottom on the school's academics. He also wants to gauge if a younger player, through his performance, would earn playing time over an upperclassman.

"I want to see how close the team is. Academically, how they're doing and what they have in place. And then just to see about (early playing time)...And I want to see what the coaches are like."

Washington State was by for an in-home on Wednesday of this week to visit with Brumfield and his family. Coach Kelly Skipper has clearly made an impression.

"Coach Skipper is really cool, he's come down before. He talked with me and my mom and he's just always told me straight - you'll play if you're good enough. And that's what I need to hear."

"I don't want anyone to sugarcoat it and say 'Oh yeah, you're our guy'. He just was real cool -- real honest. He told me everything that I need to do."

IN CARSON'S 4-3 defense, Brumfield told CF.C he racked up 103 tackles for the Colts his senior season.

"I like to hit," he said with a laugh.

The 'backer also had two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a TD, to go along with his two sacks in 2004. Over the last two years, Brumfield has recorded nearly 200 stops for Carson.

Besides being a sure-tackler, Brumfield has some quicks off the snap and has displayed a real ability to play sideline to sideline.

"I'm an exciting guy, I make big plays at big times in the game," said Brumfield.

Academically, Brumfield is in fine shape. He carries a GPA of 3.2 and has achieved a qualifying score on the SAT.

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