Burtnett zeros in on fourth corner

IF ALL GOES according to plan, Washington State looks to ink four cornerbacks next Wednesday on Letter of Intent Day -- Devin Giles, Tyrone Justin, Romeo Pellum and the subject of this article. The 5-10, 192 pounder received an in-home visit Wednesday from Washington State assistant Leon Burtnett, and the lad is talking in terms of "we" when it comes to Washington State.

Chima Nwachukwu said he's not yet completely made up his mind, but it is safe to say he's a strong lean to Wazzu.

"I'm not verbally committed but it's..I still have to take this trip to Rice, check it out and see what Rice has to offer. Washington State is great. I really think they're going to a bowl -- I mean, I can say 'we' I guess -- I really think we are going to a bowl next season. I really think we have young players with speed this season.

"The players that I met, they seem like they're really good people. I really look at it as they just slipped up last year but this year, they're going to get back into good things," said Nwachukwu.

THREE COACHES from Rice are coming by today for an in-home. Washington State uber-recruiter Burtnett was in Texas yesterday for some face to face time.

"Coach Burtnett came and talked to my mom and me about everything, just the whole process of Signing Day. It was a really thorough conversation. He was just going on the assumption that I had already committed and that made me feel comfortable, really.

"And then they way he was talking to my mom, explaining everything to her so she wouldn't have any questions because it is farther out. "She just wanted to be sure...and he really did a good job of explaining everything to her," said Nwachukwu, who played his prep ball in Allen, Texas, just outside of Dallas.

Nwachukwu said in considering the distance factor, it's a smaller item in the greater scheme of things.

"I've thought a lot about it...and if I'm in Houston or Washington, I need to be there and get to know the people and coaches. And they stay on campus most of the time because football is football. And that's all that really matters," said Nwachukwu.

Nwachukwu, a first-team All-District selection in '06, racked up 90 tackles from his corner position this season, with four passes broken up and two interceptions.

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