VERBAL COMMIT: Culver City CB goes crimson

TYRONE JUSTIN, a 5-11, 165-pound two-way standout who also stars in track, said prior to his official visit to Washington State this weekend that if offered by the Cougars, he was going to verbally commit. And that's exactly how it played out for the Culver City cornerback. WSU did indeed offer. And Justin, who runs the 40 in 4.5 second, had only one swift question: When and where do I sign?

After coach Bill Doba told him he had a scholarship offer from Washington State, Justin was didn't take long to decide.

"They told me they wanted me to be a Cougar and I told them I wanted be a Cougar," said Justin. "And when they said that I had a scholarship, I said I wanted to commit, and when and where do I sign? They were all excited and gave me a hug."

Justin held offers from UNLV, Iowa State and Nevada, with Oregon, Kansas and Ole Miss among those showing varying shades of interest. He was hosted on his trip by a former Culver City standout, Cougar star receiver Michael Bumpus, expected to be a honors candidate next season.

"He's a real cool person," said Justin. "He went to the same school so we were reminiscing about Culver City. I like him a lot."

Justin said recruiting is now over for him, and he doesn't expect be taking any additional visits. The book on the 5-11, 165-pounder, college coaches have told him, said Justin, is very good footwork and the ability to play off the receiver and break on the ball.

"They all say they like me because I'm one of the corners that can play off really well," Justin told CF.C last week. "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. They like how I stay low and because I'm also a receiver, that I can also catch the ball and get some interceptions."

Justin was a first team selection as a junior and during his senior season, was one of the team's key stoppers. Academically, Justin said he'll be retaking the ACT in February and the SAT in March.

"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," Justin told CF.C last week.

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