Relentless DL trips to WSU this month

IT TOOK AWHILE but a number of schools have stepped up late for Toby Turpin. The 6-4 ¾, 250-pounder out of Los Alamitos, Calif., has received six offers since his season ended, including one from Washington State. Some schools see him at defensive end, some like him inside at d-tackle and one even thinks he could be a tight end despite the fact he's never played the position.

Washington State sees Turpin as a defensive tackle, as does Arizona State. Washington, Colorado, Nevada and Boise State all like him at defensive end, the position Turpin said he's most comfortable at. All have offered.

And the Huskies are talking to the Los Al High standout about playing a new position, one that would help to fill one of their needs.

"They don't have (many) tight ends right now," said Turpin, who simply overpowered offensive linemen his senior year.

Turpin embarks on a whirlwind tour this weekend, with four visits over the next four weekends. he trips to UW this Friday, Colorado on Jan. 13, Washington State Jan. 20 and ASU on Jan. 27. Turpin, who tripped to Boise State back on Dec. 9, said he "definitely" plans on taking all his visits before reaching a decision.

"It's pretty much up in the air right now, everyone is even," said Turpin.

ON HIS PULLMAN trip, Turpin will likely be hosted by friend and former Los Al standout Dan Rowlands, a leading candidate to challenge for playing time on the Cougar offensive line this season.

Washington State was recruiting Turpin the hardest back in late October but that's changed a bit.

Turpin said everyone is coming on strong, but Nevada, Washington, Boise State and Colorado are probably the four recruiting the hardest at this stage.

HIS SENIOR SEASON, Turpin was relentless, logging six sacks among his 58 first-hit tackles, plus five pass breakups and two interceptions. He was named the Sunset League's Defensive Lineman of the Year and received first team all-county honors.

Turpin's strength numbers include a 280-pound power clean and a 350 on the bench press. At the combine last spring, he clocked a 5.1 in the 40 but bettered that at UCLA's junior day.

"I ran 4.9, did 27 reps on the bench and did 27.5 on the vertical, but I think the one-on-ones is where I showed my strength," says Turpin.

Turpin is in fine shape academically, securing a 1400 test score on the SAT.

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