Human highlight reel looking strongly at WSU

AMONG THE WIDE receiver prospects Washington State is targeting this recruiting cycle is a 6-1, 180-pound human highlight reel from the San Diego area. Fast and physical with 4.39 speed in the 40, he verbally committed to another Pac-10 school over the summer but is keeping his options open. He took an official visit to Pullman a few weeks ago and came away impressed.

Game changer Darrell Catchings simply exploded this season, leading Escondido deep into the playoffs through his receiving, kick returns, pass interceptions -- he even served as the team's punter. His gridiron exploits did not go unnoticed by Washington State.

Catchings tripped to WSU earlier this month.

"I enjoyed it a lot, it's really nice up there -- nice facilities. And I liked hanging out with the coaches and the players," said Catchings.

Oregon State, the school he verbally committed to back in August, and Washington State are the two frontrunners, Catchings said.

"It's still kind of up in the air. I don't know what will (help decide it) maybe it will be which visit I enjoy better, I guess."

Catchings will take his official to Oregon State on January 12.

"I'm also looking, a little bit, at UNLV, I might go on a trip there after Oregon State," said Catchings.

Among Catchings' honors and awards this season, first team All-CIF, Hall of Champions All-San Diego Section Team, Offensive Player of the Year for the Valley League and the North County Times Offensive Player of the Year. His prep coach calls him the best player he's ever had, hands down.

Catchings had 49 receptions for 929 yards with 15 touchdowns in '06, with another 157 rushing yards. He was generally regarded as the best kick returner in the section.

Darrell Catchings profile

Mid-year junior college transfers Vaughn Lesuma (OL, 6-5, 340) and Devin Frischknecht (TE, 6-3, 250) have sent in their signed Letters of Intent to Washington State and will enroll in January. Luis Vasquez had not signed as of Christmas Eve, and is now leaning towards Arizona State. CF.C will have more on the junior college defensive end's decision as the situation develops. The mid-year junior college signing period runs through Jan. 15.

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