AT 7:30 A.M. on Wednesday, Finas Rabb officially became a Coug. As a mid-year junior college transfer eligible to sign beginning today, the towering wide receiver didn't waste any time, faxing over his signed National Letter of Intent to Washington State early this morning. A 6-foot-6 tall package of Instant Red Zone, "The Big Slam" enrolls at WSU in January and says he's rarin' to get after it in spring ball. He was one of two junior college players to sign with WSU on Wednesday.

Washington State signed Finas Rabb and Jason Price Wednesday, the first day junior college players eligible for mid-year transfers can sign with a D-IA school. The signing period for the mid-year transfers runs through Jan. 15.

IF IT'S WORTH doing, it's worth doing early, Rabb figured.

The 6-foot-6 skyscraper faxed his signed National Letter of Intent to Washington State shortly after the sun came up.

"Seven-thirty," laughed Rabb. "I didn't waste any time."

THE BIG SLAM then called WSU assistant George Yarno, who's been known to bellow out a hearty felicitation or two from time to time.

"He said they got it and 'Congratulations!' and they're looking forward to me coming up there," said Rabb. "He was excited."

The mid year junior college transfer will arrive in Pullman in a few short weeks, enroll for January classes and get geared up to participate in the Cougs' spring session.

RABB HAS ALREADY earned his AA degree at Santa Ana College. He has two to play two for the Cougs.

Rabb owns both the height and hops to become Instant Red Zone for the Cougs, sporting a 37 inch vertical to go along with his 6-foot-6 frame. His most recent 40 time was a 4.55. For Santa Ana this season, Rabb had 29 catches for 451 yards and six TDs.

But were it not for a fateful breakfast one morning, Rabb would not be on the precipice of moving to Pullman and competing in big time college football.

SITTING IN A Denny's a couple years back, Rabb was talking with Daniel Dixon of Saddleback JC. Rabb told Dixon how he'd started on the Santa Ana hoops team his first year playing basketball and wondered aloud if he could do the same on the gridiron. No chance, said Dixon.

"He said, 'No. I've been playing football my whole life and there's no way you can go out for the football team having never played before and start,'" said Rabb.

Rabb countered that he could do it, and do it well, given his athletic ability and size. Back and forth it went, until the two shook hands with a breakfast at Denny's on the line.

Not long afterwards, Dixon bought Rabb breakfast.

"I'm just glad," Rabb said on Wednesday. "I pretty came from nothin' to all the way to the Pac-10."

NOTES: Rabb eschewed offers from Tulsa, Nevada, Utah and others along with increasing interest from a number of other suitors to sign with Washington State.

Rabb is the cousin of Cougar running back Jonathan Smith, who starred for WSU during the 2003 season and in the bowl game victory over Texas.

Before playing football in the JC ranks, Rabb had never played organized football. Moving around and focusing on his studies precluded Rabb from playing football, or any other sport, at either Oakland's Skyline High or Orange's El Modena. Chances are good after Rabb gets to WSU, he's going to be making up for lost time.

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