WSU standing out for Cali RB, Texas athlete

THE COUGS may have lost a football game this weekend but they look to be making recruiting strides. Two crimson targets are three-star running back/athlete Brandon Oliver, a scoring machine, and cat-quick Chris Daniels, a sought running back with a bevy of offers who also happens to be good friends with a current Cougar. Washington State leads or co-leads for both heading into the stretch drive.

Daniels hasn't been evaluated by, hence the one star designation, but the running back's offer list. which includes Washington State, Tennessee, Ole Miss and others, speaks for itself.

"There are two schools that stand above everyone else and that's Washington State and Ole Miss," said Daniels. "They talk to me the most."

He was planning on tripping to Washington State this weekend but had to reschedule, with the official visit now planned for either December or January, date to be determined.

Daniels said he's talked to several Cougar coaches this recruiting season including area coach Mike Walker, instrumental in Fevaea'i Ahmu 's recruitment, a four star prospect out of the same high school as Daniels who signed with Washington State in the 2005 class.

Daniels said he knows quite a bit about Washington State from not only talking with the coaches but also because he's kept in close contact with former Serra teammate and Cougar defensive tackle Fevaea'i Ahmu since Ahmu graduated from Serra High not quite two years ago.

"They've got that guy up there that played as a true freshman, we're real close," said Daniels of Ahmu. "We talk every chance we get."

The 5-9, 180 pounder with 4.3 speed is scheduled to visit Ole Miss, showing him plenty of the recruiting love of late, this coming weekend. Daniels said Tennessee is also in the mix, are as Utah, UTEP and Washington. He holds additional offers from Nebraska, Colorado State, and San Diego State. He said distance is not a factor.

"I'll go anywhere as long as I get a chance to play football at the next level," said Daniels.

Daniels, who has been told my college recruiters he's like having another coach on the field, was slowed this year by a variety of injuries and dings but as a junior, set the league on fire with 1,800-plus rushing yards and 26 TDs.

WASHINGTON STATE, Buffalo and UNLV are the likely visit stops for Oliver (6-0, 190, 4.4), he said. The Arlington gamebreaker holds offers from Washington State, Buffalo, UNLV, Houston, Wyoming and Indiana.

"Washington State stands out the most for me right now," said Oliver. "They were on a roll this season and it seems to me like they have a lot of playmakers out there."

The Cougs are looking at Oliver as a running back, also talking to him earlier this recruiting season about possibly playing the slot, plus being a return man. He was a force on special teams this season, racking up plenty of return yards and taking two kicks back for touchdowns his senior season.

Sharing the backfield and also having a running quarterback who was the offensive focal point, Oliver rushed 49 times for 486 yards this season with six touchdowns. He caught 21 passes for 373 yards and another six touchdowns, logging a total of 14 TDs.

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