Another verbal: Cougs land high-energy DT

WASHINGTON STATE is closing with a flurry. Defensive tackle Toby Turpin gave his verbal commitment to Washington State assistant coach George Yarno about an hour ago, according to Turpin's prep coach at Los Alamitos High. He is the second player today to make public his commitment to the Cougars.

"He committed them to about an hour ago," said Los Alamitos head coach John Barnes. "He's a good looking kid. He's a guy that could play in the NFL -- I've had a lot of them and his upside is really good."

Turpin chose WSU over offers from Washington, Arizona State, Boise State and Colorado. In the end, it came down to Washington State and Colorado, said Barnes.

"He just loved Washington State," said Barnes. "He couldn't play for a bunch of better guys. Coach Yarno, coach (Bill) Doba, the guys there are just great."

Barnes said Yarno's reaction when Turpin told him he was coming to Washington State was predictable.

"It was either going to be an 'Oh crap' or a 'Yahoo!' and it was a 'Yahoo!'" said Barnes.

TURPIN WILL PLAY defensive tackle at Washington State, a position Barnes said that's ideal for him.

"He's about 260 now and he's trim as heck," said Barnes. "He'll be 280 and he'll just be a stud. He'll be real quick inside."

Barnes went on to confirm the Cougar Nation picked up an awfully good one, saying Turpin does everything very well up front.

"He's hard as a rock and he's quick," said Barnes. "He's a good, good athlete. He can run, he's got a great motor, and he can rush the passer. And he's tough."

ON THE SEASON for Los Al, 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.

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

Turpin also excels in the classroom, securing a 1400 test score on the SAT.

EARLIER TODAY, JC cornerback Brian Williams announced that he had given his verbal pledge to WSU. Check our front page for the full story.

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