Recruits give WSU trip high marks

COUGAR RECEIVER Michael Bumpus has been known as a top recruiting ambassador in his time at Washington State. Now Brandon Gibson, also known for his good hands, appears to catching on in the world of recruiting as well. Two prep standouts who tripped to Pullman for the Cal game each singled out Gibson and Bumpus as stellar hosts who helped make their weekend visits successful.

Daniel Blackledge said he spent much of his time hanging with receivers Brandon Gibson (host) and Michael Bumpus.

"It went real well, I liked the campus a lot," said Blackledge. "Just the environment, people were close knit and it seemed like a great town. Everybody knew each other and I liked that."

The game, a 21-3 defeat to Cal, Blackledge said was disappointing in the sense the Cougars lost but he also said it "wasn't a regular game on offense" for the Cougs and offensive coordinator Mike Levenseller.

"But it was still a good game. If they would have gotten it going it would have been a lot better. I got to talk to coach Levy a lot, he was real cool. It seemed like he'll work as hard as the players, and he gets them ready. He has a lot of good receivers and he has a good reputation for (developing them)," he said.

Blackledge holds offers from Washington State and Colorado State. Another school of interest is Colorado, and he recently sent out tape to Cal, ASU and UCLA.

REDMOND RUNNING BACK Logwone Mitz (6-0, 225, 4.55) said the academic presentation at WSU was among the trip highlights.

"The visit was good, I got my questions answered," said the running back. "I got every question answered without even asking it as I went through everything. I actually really enjoyed the academic part, it wasn't boring like I thought it might be."

Mitz, who was hosted by fellow running back Dwight Tardy, and also spent time with Bumpus and Gibson, said he still has more research to do on Washington State. And there's no time like the present.

"I'm going back for the Oregon game," said Mitz, which will make three games in Pullman for him this year. USC (unofficial) and Cal (official) are the other two. He also plans to make it four when the Apple Cup rolls around next month. "I didn't get a chance to meet as many people as I wanted to and see the (entire) campus so still want to see what I would be seeing on a daily basis."

Mitz' mother also drove over for the weekend.

"She liked it, she liked the coaches," said Mitz. "She's a die-hard Duck, but she liked what she saw."

Mitz holds one offer, from Washington State, with WSU and Oregon the two schools highest on his list. Other schools of interest include Oregon State, Idaho, UNLV and Cal. While the Cougs and others see him at running back, Oregon is recruiting him for defense at rover.


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