ANOTHER VERBAL: Cougs out-duel Ducks for Brumfield

<b>COUGFAN.COM HAS learned that a standout linebacker from California verbally committed to Washington State on Sunday, in the process becoming the 16th known member-to-be of WSU's 2005 recruiting class. CF.C talked with the amazing Mr. Brumfield about his decision.

Lamar Brumfield, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker out of Carson, Calif., gave his oral commitment to the Cougs this weekend during his official visit.

Brumfield told his trip to Pullman was fantastic. He told head coach Bill Doba Sunday morning that he wanted to be a Coug.

"I told the head coach," said Brumfield. "So then all the coaches knew right after that because we were all at breakfast. They were all excited."

With Brumfield in the fold, the Cougars have approximately five slots left to fill in their 2005 class. Letters of intent will be signed in three weeks.

Brumfield's host on the official trip was his former Carson teammate and Cougar running back Kevin McCall.

"He's real cool. Everybody there was like a family that grew up together," Brumfield said.

Brumfield plans to major in broadcasting and said the academics at Washington State -- home to the renowned Edward R. Murrow School of Communications -- were a key factor in his decision.

"They have one of the best (communications) schools in the nation. The coaching staff was real close -- so that sold me too."

BRUMFIELD CHOSE WASHINGTON STATE over his other finalist, Oregon. He also received interest from USC and Washington and others. Brumfield has cancelled his scheduled visit to Eugene that was to have taken place this upcoming weekend.

Brumfield racked up 103 tackles for Carson this past season. He also scored a touchdown on defense, had two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two sacks in 2004.

Over the last two years, he has been a tackling machine, recording nearly 200 stops.

Brumfield has a good burst off the snap, showing a real ability this season to play sideline to sideline and provide stout coverage against the pass.

Academically, Brumfield carries a GPA of 3.2 and has achieved a qualifying score on the SAT.

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