Cougs court another corner

FLEET-FOOTED CORNERBACK Devin Mays slowed down long enough to give exemplary marks to Washington State after his official visit out to the Palouse this weekend. The family atmosphere at WSU stood out to the Stockton, Calif., product and even though there was no game to take in this weekend like there was for his Oregon trip, Mays said it was obvious that "They really love Washington State football out there."

"I liked the community of Pullman a lot," said Mays. "They were real kind. It's not as big as some of the other cities but it's nice."

Mays is 5-11, 160 pounds and has a boatload of speed. He holds the top marks in school history at Stockton's Lincoln High, with a 10.25 hand-time, 10.46 Fully Automatic Time in the 100 meters and a 20.86 HT, 21.1 FAT in the 200 meters.

Mays was hosted by another speedster, Cougar linebacker Courtney Williams of Los Angeles. Williams held the nation's best time in the 400 meters his senior year for a number of weeks, clocking a blistering 47.77.

Mays said he clicked with the crimson lightning bolt, as well as other Cougs.

"Jason Hill, Michael Bumpus, all of those players are pretty cool," said Mays.

Among the highlights for Mays were seeing Martin Stadium and the indoor practice facility at WSU.

Asked to compare his two visits -- Washington State and Oregon -- Mays said the schools were different but came out "basically even". Mays said he spent considerable time with defensive backs coach Ken Greene and head man Bill Doba.

"I spent a lot of time talking to coach Greene and the head coach," said Mays. "The head coach was always around -- he wasn't hiding, he was always around with us everywhere we went."

Next up for Mays is a visit with Fresno State this weekend. Utah, Oklahoma, UNLV and Washington remain possibilities for a trip as well.

"They're pretty much all even right now," said Mays.

Devin Mays profile

Mays has all kinds of speed, including the make up kind. In one 100-meter final as a junior, he tripped badly out of the blocks and nearly went down. Regaining his balance, but with the other sprinters almost 10 meters ahead, he went supersonic en route to a thrilling win, somehow clocking a ridiculous 10.89 despite the stumble.

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