JC All-American has Wazzu visit date

WSU AND OSU clash on the field this weekend and while that contest will be decided sometime Saturday night, a different, longer-term Cougar-Beaver battle is also shaping up. On the recruiting front, junior college All-American Luis Vasquez (6-3, 250, 4.7), has the Cougars and Beavers "definitely" at the top of his list. The one-time Purdue signee also has one official visit already scheduled.

Vasquez will trip to Washington State and the Palouse next month for the Cougs' regular season finale against their in-state rival.

"I have two I'm planning on doing," said Vasquez. "One at the end of November at Washington State, for the Apple Cup against Washington. And I have another one set up for the end of November, to Oregon State -- I just haven't set the date up."

Official visits during the season are difficult for most junior college players because they play on Saturdays as well. For Vasquez, it's decidedly problematic because Arizona Western doesn't have a bye, so any trips over the next month-plus would most likely need to come after his regular season comes to a close.

The recent verbal commitment of Canadian prep standout DE/TE Tyson Pencer was a very good get for Washington State, but junior college players, according to head man Bill Doba this past Signing Day, will also continue to fill a key role at Washington State. And with a number of Cougar upperclassmen on the WSU depth chart at defensive end, the All-American Vasquez could figure into a position of need this recruiting class for WSU.

A WIDE SPECTRUM of schools are showing Vasquez varying shades of the recruiting love at season's mid point. He holds offers from Washington State, Oregon State and UNLV, with Mike Price and UTEP became the latest to offer. Oklahoma and Florida have requested tape. ASU has been making inquiries. Purdue, the school Vasquez picked coming out of high school, has shown increasing interest.

Two schools, however, have set themselves apart.

"Definitely Washington State and Oregon State, those are my top two right now," said Vasquez, who also noted he remains open to all.

Vasquez said all the schools are recruiting fairly hard, including those that have not yet decided on if they'll offer. But Washington State, implementing more of a group effort under first year recruiting coordinator Greg Peterson this season, is staying close contact, said Vasquez, with Doba, defensive coordinator Robb Akey and Peterson all touching base.

"I haven't talked to (OSU) coach (Mike) Cavanaugh in a while, but last time I talked to him it was a good conversation," said Vasquez. "Washington State is really on top of me right now. I've talked to coach Doba, coach Akey, coach Peterson. They're expressing that interest in me."

Vasquez went on to cite Purdue as another scholl having come on lately.

A JC ALL-AMERICAN as a freshman, Vasquez is seeing considerable more attention and double teams this year, as one might expect after putting up some crooked numbers on the stat sheet last year.

"It's going good, though, I'm still making plays," he said.

Last season Vasquez racked up 16 sacks among his 66 tackles in 10 games. The defensive end logged 13 QB hurries, 20 tackles-for-loss worth 48yds, had two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He earned NJCAA first-team All American, NJCAA Region 1 Defensive MVP, and WSFL first team honors. Vasquez was also the NJCAA Region No. 1 ranked football player overall.

He plans on graduating with his AA degree at the end of this year, which would make him eligible to enroll at a D-I school in January and take part in spring ball.

Vasquez said he would like to stay on the West Coast, but it won't be a dominant factor in his decision, and he has family back East. A campus life, "something not too crazy", that will offer an environment where it's all about football and education, with few distractions, will be important to him, he said. And with two-to-play-two at the next level, Vasquez noted the prospects for earning immediate playing time are also key.

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