RECRUITING: Culver City CB high on WSU

WASHINGTON STATE received a verbal commitment earlier this week from a California CB but are apparently no means close to being done at the position for the '07 class. Among those in WSU's orbit is Tyrone Justin, who leaves this morning for an official visit weekend out on the Palouse. Justin, he says college coaches tell him, has an intriguing skills set somewhat unique among prep cornerbacks.

"They all say they like me because I'm one of the corners that can play off really well. Because most corners coming out of high school, they've always played bump and run. They say that's the easy part -- they want to see if you can play off and still cover the dude, break on the ball and still be there. They've said they like how I do that," said Justin. "They like how I stay low and because I'm also a receiver, that I can also catch the ball and get some interceptions.

"And they like my footwork a lot, that's usually the first thing they mention," he added.

Justin (5-11, 165, 4.49) does not yet hold a Cougar offer but that could change by the end of the weekend. If that were to be the case, Justin says he already knows what his answer will be.

"I'm highly interested in Washington State," said Justin. "I'm going to commit if they offer me once I get there."

Justin holds offers from UNLV, Iowa State and Nevada, with Oregon, Kansas and Ole Miss among those showing varying shades of interest.

Cougar coaches Kelly Skipper and Ken Greene came by for an in-home visit with Justin and his parents this week.

"It was basically everything that they talked about -- the academics, the school. I want to major in either Communications or Sociology and they have a really good Communications program. And we talked about (earning playing time) and how I would have a good chance to be able to play early if I work hard," said Justin.

Out of Culver City, the same high school that produced Cougar star receiver Michael Bumpus, Justin is also a standout wide receiver but the Cougs are decidedly looking at him as a corner.

Justin was a first team all-league selection as a junior and his senior season, was one of the team's key stoppers on D.

"I had 69 tackles, four interceptions, two fumble returns for two touchdowns, one punt return to the house. And then on offense, I had 34 catches for 499 yards and eight touchdowns."

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