California DE sky high on Cougs

COMING UP FROM the Los Angeles area, defensive end Ansley Clevil (6.3, 240. 4.68) didn't know quite what to expect on his trip to the Evergreen state this weekend. The official visit to the Palouse and Washington State ended up surpassing all of the defensive end's expectations, and then some.

Clevil liked his Washington State visit. A lot.

"I loved it," said Clevil. "I didn't commit but oh man, I was sure as heck close."

From the players to the snow and everything in between, the Haitian born Clevil said he enjoyed his visit to Washington State from start to finish.

"The players? They were just real," said Clevil. "It's a small college town so I can really focus more on school and football without the big city distractions. And I got to see snow for the first time.

"And they have a history there. They have a bunch of a players that have won a bunch of awards, and on defense like D.D. Acholonu. The coaches are obviously doing the right things on defense. They led the Pac-10 in quarterback sacks and that's something I want to be able to do.

CLEVIL SAID HE clicked with a number of people during his visit, including defensive coordinator Robb Akey and player host Michael Graise.

"To be able to hang out with the coaching staff was just amazing," said Clevil. "Coach Akey is a guy I like...he's a really cool, down to earth guy. He's just fun. There was one time where he just busted his chin up when he was (jumping) because he was so excited and one of the football players still had all his gear on. During the game he's just having fun and all the coaches, they're having fun and I like that.

"Michael Graise, it was like a few more hours and we would have been brothers. He's from out here (Inglewood High) and he told me straight up that what you see is what you get. And I saw a lot of great things."

THE THOUGHT OF helping to return WSU to a bowl game in 2006 is also a strong draw for Clevil.

"They didn't win a lot of games last year but they were sure as heck close -- they're a program on (the rise) and they don't give up," said Clevil. "The graduation rate for the players was amazing and people just have fun up there."

Clevil said he's canceling his trip to Mississippi State, leaving UNLV this coming weekend as the final official visit remaining on his schedule.

  • Washington State in 2005 was No. 12 in the nation and first in the league in sacks, with 3.09 a game.

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