Michael Bumpus's Diary: Week Four

PULLMAN -- Recruiting seems to hold year 'round interest with Cougar fans and I noticed recently several of you had questions for me on the topic. Back when I was being recruited, I received offers from all the Pac-10 schools, except for Stanford. LSU, Michigan State and a few others in the SEC and Big Ten also offered. Two eventually separated themselves from the rest.

'SC was naturally at the top of my list because of its location near my home in Culver City and it was obvious they were a program on the rise. WSU was at the top because of the way they recruited me.

Other schools would press me for a decision every time I talked to them. Coach Kelly Skipper, however, wouldn't even talk about committing. He just wanted me to do what was best for me. That impressed me.

Another reason I chose Washington State was the family atmosphere I experienced on my trip. All the players seemed cool. On visits to other schools, current players would gossip about each other, and I would be caught in the middle. None of that went on here at Washington State. It was all love.

When I was being recruited, I must say Oregon had the most unique approach. They would send me animations of myself in an Oregon uniform with a spider as my number. I have two Spiderman related tattoos so they kind of played off of that.

Last year, I got to experience the recruiting process from a different angle. I absolutely love being a host for young recruits. I remember how stressful it was during the recruiting process for me, so I want them to be relaxed as much as possible while they're here.

It also gives recruits a chance to see that we're regular guys just like them. Back when I was being recruited, I was somewhat intimidated by the college players on the team, and some of my hosts weren't the friendliest either. But WSU was different. They made all the recruits on my trip feel comfortable.

So when recruits come to WSU on their visits, I just try to give out the same hospitality I was given on my trip here.

THIS SUMMER during the voluntary workouts, we have a lot of great DBs on our team gearing up for the season. But in answering a question on who the toughest is that I've gone up against -- if I had to choose only one -- that player would probably be Eric Frampton. His motor never stops.

It could be the last play of skelly and we'll be going at it like its the first. He's a very physical player, probably one of the most physical guys I've gone up against in the entire Pac-10.

Everyone is putting forth their best efforts here this offseason, but there are a few guys who deserve special mention. In terms of work ethic, I would say Frampton, Will Derting, Josh Swogger, Jerome Harrison, and Alex Teems are exceptional.

Not surprisingly, there are a few captains on that list, so we would expect nothing less than what they have shown.

Keep those questions coming on the Cougfan.com message boards and I'll try to get to as many as I can in future entries.

Michael Bumpus is a sophomore receiver and return man from Culver City, Calif., where he was a first-team "Best in the West" pick by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. As a WSU freshman in 2004, he set a school record for punt return yardage and earned a place on The Sporting News' Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Along with defensive end Mkristo Bruce, he graciously volunteered to lend CF.C readers a window unto the world of pre-season Cougar football preparation with a weekly diary.

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