BREAKING NEWS: Cougs land fourth Texan

<b>THE HOLIDAY BOWL victory over the No. 5 Longhorns was huge in more ways than one for Washington State. The Cougs have secured their fourth -- count 'em, fourth -- verbal commitment from a Texan, this time from a linebacker who flies to the football like no other his high school coach has ever seen. And when he gets to Pullman, there will be a familiar face among his classmates right there along with him. CF.C talks to the newest member of the WSU family.

Greg Trent had a great trip to Pullman this past weekend. He told CF.C he was strongly considering making a verbal commitment to the Cougs before LOI Day and that's exactly what happened.

"Yep, I committed," Trent told moments ago.

His father, Greg Sr. told CF.C earlier in the day that Greg had verballed to Washington State and would be sending in his signed LOI on Wednesday.

The younger Trent gave his verbal commitment to linebackers coach Leon Burtnett.

"He was exited," said the 5-11, 220-pound Trent. "We've got a 'little D headed there. So he was excited he got me."

While the coaches and Cougar Nation are thrilled to land a linebacker who can run and hit like Trent, he said he knows someone just as pleased to be headed to Pullman.

"Oh, I'm really excited too," said Trent.

The Texan knew this weekend on his official visit that Washington State was the right place from him. Everything about the Cougar program felt right.

"I like the program and the football team," said Trent. "And I liked the facilities and the campus. And I really enjoyed the coaches (on my trip this weekend) too."

And the fact the Cougs like to attack on defense wasn't lost on the star linebacker.

"Oh yeah, they blitz a lot," he laughed. "I like that."

WHEN TRENT gets to Pullman, he'll have company from the Lone Star state, as well as a familiar face.

Trent becomes the fourth known verbal commit from the state of Texas -- the 'backer joining Keller teammate DeMaundray Woolridge and fellow Texans James Bradley and Jason Stripling as members of the 2005 Washington State class.

Trent chose Washington State over offers from Wisconsin and Tulsa.

Despite missing four games with an injury, the linebacker who is built like Zeus came on strong after his return and was named 1st team all district his senior season. Trent simply blew up opposing offenses the previous year during his junior campaign, racking up 181 tackles on his way to being named District 5-5A co-defensive MVP.

Wisconsin offered Trent before his senior season. Keller head man Kevin Atkinson said more schools would have certainly come calling this year but for the injury that caused the linebacker to miss over a third of the season. Atkinson describes Trent as a man of few words who lives breathes and eats football, a player who has few peers out on the gridiron.

"He's the best (linebacker) I've ever coached," Atkinson told "He has cat-like quickness, a relentless attitude and is someone who really brings the wood when making contact."

Trent runs a 4.5 in the 40 and that speed more than translates to the football field, according to Atkinson. Trent is a player who is constantly in motion, flying to the football.

"Oh my gosh, like no other," said Atkinson.

Trent becomes the 20th known member of the 2005 class. The numbers can remain in flux all the way up to Signing Day but as it stands now, Washington State is likely to take 21-23 players on Signing Day, not counting any potential grayshirts.

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