Bursey one of five tripping to WSU this weekend

WASHINGTON STATE will play host this weekend to five student-athletes making official visits. Three talented Californians will be joined by arguably the top offensive lineman in the state of Washington and a massive steakeater from north of the border.

Lorenzo Bursey travels to Pullman this weekend on an official visit.

Joining the 5-9, 170-pound athlete will be linebacker Lamar Brumfield and three future Cougars -- running back Dwight Tardy and offensive linemen Kenny Alfred and Joey Eppele.

Bursey holds an offer from Washington State and is being recruited as an athlete by the Cougs. He said Washington State has also talked to him about contributing on punt and kickoff returns.

Bursey originally signed out of Long Beach Polytechnic with then coach Dennis Erickson and OSU before attending West Los Angeles College. On Signing Day 2003, Erickson said of the playmaker with 4.4 speed; "Lorenzo Bursey is probably one of the fastest guys we're recruiting. He could play in the corner and could play in the slot for us."

"I think I'm more quick than fast," Bursey told CF.C. "I have more power than people think I have and I think I have pretty good vision."

Lorenzo's brother, Laranzo, is also receiving Division IA interest, with Arizona State among the suitors.

This weekend, Lorenzo has some things he'll be looking for on his trip to Pullman.

"Really just seeing what it's like, if I can see myself living out there. What playing time looks like, the roster, who's coming back. And then just how the players are, the coaching staff -- things like that."

As we've heard from prospects all recruiting season long, coach Kelly Skipper has clearly made an impression on the former Cal-Poly and Beverly Hills High star.

"Oh, I really like him. He's a pretty cool guy, very down to earth. He's from California so that kind of helps out a little bit too since he can understand where I'm coming from."

THE FIRST TEAM All-Western State Conference selection didn't have many opportunities to run back kicks at West LA but when he did, he took full advantage. Of the two punt returns he fielded, he took one of them to the house. He also ran back a kickoff for a touchdown.

Bursey averaged nearly 6 yards a carry in '04, rushing for over 1100 yards. He also had 300-plus receiving yards coming out of the slot for West LA. Bursey will have three years of eligibility after receiving his AA degree next month.

"I'll receive mine after the winter session -- we have a winter session at West LA so that will be in February."

Bursey said the biggest difference he's noticed between being recruited out of high school versus junior college has been the legwork this time around.

"Coming out of JC, you really have to do it yourself. Coming out of high school, the coaches do a lot of it for you."

His high school senior year, Bursey rushed for 880 yards and 17 touchdowns for LB Poly. His junior campaign, he set a Beverly Hills school record with 1,591 rushing yards and scored 20 touchdowns. Bursey was selected his league's co-MVP.

ALSO VISITING THIS weekend, Lamar Brumfield, Dwight Tardy, Kenny Alfred and Joey Eppele.

Lamar Brumfield
The 6-3, 215-pound linebacker out of Carson, Calif., holds offers Washington State and Oregon with WSU his favorite. If you missed our earlier story on Brumfield this past Thursday, click on this link: Cougs lead for Brumfield

Dwight Tardy
An elusive, powerful 5-11, 202-pound running back out of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., who put up monster numbers this year. Tardy has an enticing combination of "fast-twitch" and power. and an instinctive ability to make the first man miss. He has a great burst and acceleration, clocking a 4.5 in the 40. Outstanding work ethic and very good hands coming out of the backfield. Tardy is also a rare talent on the baseball diamond but says football is his first love.

Kenny Alfred
Because the 6-3, 285-pound steakeater verbally committed to Washington State back in October, he may have flown off the radar for some but Alfred is arguably the top offensive lineman in-state this recruiting class. He is rated the No. 11 player overall in the Northwest. Alfred has a great motor, very good athleticism and impressive lateral movement. He is a punishing drive blocker.

Joey Eppele
The only other school who knew about the mammoth Vancouver, B.C., offensive lineman was Eastern. Eppele first came across the Cougs' radar when his high school coach brought him down for the summer camps at Washington State and EWU. He stands 6-7.5 and is a solid 290 pounds with a physique that will "take your breath away" according to his coach.

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