THE LAST KNOWN running back to receive an offer from Washington State is the first to verbally commit. Marcus Richmond, a 6-1, 195-pound tailback from Mesa, Ariz., who last week told the WSU coaching staff was a powerful draw, has given his verbal pledge to play ball at Ol' Wazzu. He becomes the second known verbal commitment in the 2006 Cougar class, joining Bellevue receiver Keith Rosenberg. CF.C talks with the newest member of the WSU family.

Richmond told CF.C last week he'd like to take a few official trips but was leaning toward making a decision sooner rather than later. It turned out to be a very early decision. It took Richmond less than two weeks to make his college choice -- Washington State extended its offer on June 2.

Richmond said after conferring with Dobson High coach Tom DeMassa, he decided Washington State was the best choice for him, calling coaches Bill Doba and Robin Pflugrad.

"I called the office and spoke with coach Pflugrad and told him," said Richmond. "He was all happy and excited."

Richmond then called Doba to deliver the news.

"He was really excited," Richmond said with a laugh.

Richmond said his verbal is rock-solid, he won't be taking any trips to any other schools and is done with recruiting.

The book on Richmond is that he's ultra competitive, with great field awareness and vision, and has another gear for breaking away from the pack.

RICHMOND CHOSE WSU over interest from Oregon, Utah, New Mexico and UTEP. Among the deciding factors were his mom, a big Pac-10 and college sports fan. Also important was the connection he felt with assistant coach Robin Pflugrad and the fact Pullman is a college town where the school and football team are the focal point.

The soft-spoken Richmond, who also excels at defensive back (83 tackles in 2004), says along with his mom, he's dreamed of playing in the Pac-10 since he was kid. Marcus' uncle played at ASU "back in the day."

Three other backs hold scholarship offers from WSU at this early stage of the recruiting season. They are Skylar Jessen of Spokane, Tracy Slocum of Fresno, and James Montgomery of Rancho Cordova, Calif.

DESPITE RUSHING FOR about 1,600 yards with 16 TDs last season, Richmond was generally considered a bit of a sleeper until the combine in Berkeley. The Dobson High star showed all kinds of athleticism in the various drills and looked very smooth coming out of the backfield in the one-on-one sessions.

Marcus Richmond profile and combine results

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