VERBAL COMMIT: Another trench warrior to WSU

OUT OF THE USC game, WSU's first official visit weekend of the year, the Cougs have landed two verbal commitments and 600 pounds of fight and fury. Three of the five known verbals in the '07 class are linemen. The newest member of the Washington State family: 6-foot-3, 300-pound Andrew Roxas. A prized offensive lineman, the trench warrior said the recruiting process is over for him, he's a Cougar.

A first team All-CIF selection as a junior,Roxas had previously thought he would hold off on his college decision until both after his senior season, and following all of his official visits. That all changed following a weekend trip to Pullman.

"It was just everything coming together," said Roxas. "I really liked it up there this summer but I wanted to see a game type atmosphere with all the students in town. I had good chemistry with a bunch of the players there. I hung out with them after the game -- I loved it up there."

The early returns show some big bodies at Washington State. The Cougs earlier received a verbal commitment Sunday from defensive tackle B.J. Guerra (6-3.5, 300), while in June WSU received an oral commitment from Burien's Kevin Freitag, who at 6-3, 296-pounds is about one good steak dinner shy of The 300 Club himself.

Roxas, who already had seven offers in August, chose Washington State over the likes of Colorado, Utah, UNLV, Baylor, Colorado State and San Diego State along with interest from schools like Cal, who have been calling him since Sept. 1, the first day schools were allowed to place phone calls to recruits. It was Washington State's staff that stood apart, said Roxas.

"The coaches," said Roxas. "I have a lot of respect for coach (George) Yarno, the o-line coach. I think he knows exactly what he's talking about. I think I can grow as a player there."

Roxas was busy Monday night watching game tape but before he returned to the film, he said he made the verbal commitment late Sunday night after he had returned home from Pullman. He called Yarno first but with the coaches in a late meeting Sunday night preparing for Oregon State, he ended up getting d-line coach Mike Walker, who ran the point for the Cougs on Roxas' recruitment.

"He was really excited," said Roxas.

THE BOOK ON Roxas, who has not allowed a sack for St. Francis High the past two seasons at left tackle, is that of a fundamentally sound offensive lineman with a penchant for really finishing off his blocks, his adversaries often finding themselves on their wallets.

Earlier this summer at WSU, Roxas owned the trenches during Washington State's summer youth camp, walking away with an MVP Award.

"Some of the guys there came up to me and told me they hadn't seen someone dominate the line like that in a while," Roxas told CF.C earlier.

Among the honors and accolades his junior year, Roxas was both first team all-CIF and all-Mission League. Strength numbers include a power clean of 300 pounds, squat of 500 and bench of 315.

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