Weekend visitors to take in WSU Homecoming

THIS WEEKEND, Bill Doba and staff will host at least five prep prospects, including one who has already verbally committed to the Cougars. It shapes up as a great weekend for entertaining the young guns -- with a Homecoming crowd, moderate temperatures and a much anticipated battle on the field. That, and much more, in a wide-ranging round up of what's happening in the world of Wazzu recruiting.

Marcus Richmond, Xavier Lucas, Cody Habben, Vincent Joseph and Jeffrey Solomon all trip to Pullman this weekend, with Richmond probably already having set foot on campus by the time you read this.

The star of Dobson High's 28-24 thrilling come from behind victory over Skyline Thursday night, Richmond flew out this morning and talked to Cougfan.com from the airport.

"I'm excited," said Richmond of his first trip to Washington State. "I'm sure I'm going to enjoy it."

Richmond was a workhorse as he authored the latest chapter in a sensational senior campaign Thursday evening -- racking up 215 yards on 40 carries against a defense who stacked the box all night long in a failed effort to stop him.

"It was a good game," said Richmond. "Our offensive line is doing (the job) and they're getting better."

The outcome wasn't decided until Richmond scored his third touchdown on an 8-yard run with only seven seconds left --- on a fourth-and-seven at the Skyline 8 yard line.

The jaunt around the left side capped a 16-play, 65-yard drive where Richmond was the ballcarrier on 12 of the 16 plays. Dobson converted three fourth downs on the winning drive.

His last five games, Richmond has rushed for 278, 230, 384, 240 and 215 yards. In seven games this season, he has carried the ball 193 times for 1593 hashes, averaging 8.25 yards a carry and 227.5 yards a game.

"I set goals in the offseason," said Richmond. "And I worked hard and trained to be able to (accomplish) those goals."

ANOTHER ARIZONAN WHO WILL be in Pullman this weekend, 6-foot-4 wide receiver prospect Xavier Lucas. The tall drink of water from Tempe said he's excited to see what the weekend holds in store.

"I'm really looking forward to it," said Lucas, saying he's interested in seeing the WSU facilities and spending time with the Cougar players.

Besides Washington State, Lucas holds offers from UTEP, Colorado State and Wyoming. Other schools of interest include Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State and Michigan State.

The five schools talking the most to Lucas over the last month are Washington State, Oregon, Colorado, Colorado State and Michigan State.

His top five prior to the Pullman visit are Washington State, Arizona State, Oregon, UTEP and Colorado State, in no particular order.

On the year at McClintock High, Lucas has 17 catches for 430 yards -- averaging 25.29 yards a catch. He leads team in receptions, receiving yards and is second on team in scoring behind the McClintock kicker.

FROM THE STATE of Washington, Cody Habben and Jeffrey Solomon will head east to the Palouse for the weekend. Habben has been to Washington State twice before, and attended the Grambling State game in Seattle.

"I'm pretty excited to go over there this weekend," said Habben.

WSU is among his frontrunners although he's not ready to close the door on anyone or formally select his leaders just yet.

"I know I'm going to take visits to, well, Washington State, and then Oregon State (Oct. 28, tentative) and Iowa State (Dec. 9), and the other two are sort of up for grabs right now," said Habben.

Habben received two more offers recently to go along with previous one from Washington State, Oregon State, Iowa State, Colorado and Utah. The latest come from ASU and Washington. The Washington offer has piqued Habben's interest, while Oregon State and Iowa State are the two he's heard the most from lately.

The recruiting process doesn't look to end anytime soon for Habben, who plans on waiting until after his season to make his decision.

Habben has been blowing people off the line for Skyline High this year, with 29 pancake blocks through six games.

Solomon, who projects as a college receiver, was one of the MVPs at the Washington State camp this past summer with a head turning performance.

The Seattle athlete has been hearing the most from Washington State, Washington, Oregon State and Boise State.

In addition to his free safety duties, the athletic Solomon runs the show on offense at Ingraham High. Through six games, he has 1001 yards passing an 10 touchdowns along with nearly 200 yards rushing and a pair of TDs on the ground. He also has a receiving touchdown that covered 84 yards.

ALSO VISITING this weekend from California, Long Beach Poly's Vincent Joseph. The fleet-footed cornerback said he's looking forward to experiencing the family atmosphere and college town environment at Washington State.

"Because basically, I'm looking to see how the school looks, what the campus is like," said the ever upbeat Vincent. "Washington State, I've been talking to them a whole lot."

Vincent said he's done considerable research on schools, with the potential for earning early playing time out on the corner being one of the important factors to his decision.

Vincent's top five consists of, in no particular order, Washington State, Southern Cal, Oregon, Cal and Colorado. USC has not offered but Vincent said he feels they're getting close, and has been talking more and more with Southern Cal lately. If USC doesn't eventually offer, Oregon is the school that has made the strongest impression to date prior to the WSU visit. Washington also just offered in the past few days.

Vincent has not seen much action -- by land or by air -- come his way this season at Poly, a testament to his make-up and overall speed, coverage skills and shutdown ability.

I'm not the biggest, but I am the fastest," laughed Vincent.

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