Recruiting setback: Cougs lose two verbals

IT'S SHAPING UP AS a not-so-Super Sunday for Washington State football. Two defensive line prospects who had committed to the Cougs earlier in this recruiting cycle are now saying they've been wooed elsewhere and will sign national letters of intent with other schools this Wednesday. In one case, WSU's more stringent academic requirements play a role.

Trey Henderson and Mike Abana said they won't be donning the Crimson and Gray after all.

The Cougs could fill the void of the one-time verbals with other d-line recruits before Wednesday's Signing Day or perhaps more likely, WSU could look to add to the roster later in the spring, similar to when they added corner Omowale Dada in June a few seasons back.

Henderson, out of British Columbia, changed his verbal commitment to USC during an official visit to L.A. this weekend.

"It went great, I committed to USC," said Henderson. "Ever since the (USC) camp in June, I've always kind of wanted to go there...I kind of had the thought in my mind going down there for the visit and the visit just made it more solid."

Although USC first made contact early in the spring, it wasn't until this past week that they offered Henderson a scholarship and set up the official visit. It is the second last-minute verbal Washington State has lost to USC in as many years, with Vincent Joseph switching his pledge last year.

Abana just returned from an official visit to K-State and said he will decide between KSU and Texas A&M later this week.

He said WSU is no longer in his orbit because more of his junior college credits would transfer to K-State than to Washington State, and because some family members live in Texas.

"The visit went good but I have to talk to my family and then I'll make my decision," said Abana. "It's between Texas A&M and Kansas State. For Texas A&M, I have family members out in Texas, that's why it's one of my two choices. Kansas State is a good program and they like my credits -- all my credits transfer To Kansas State and that's a factor. Not all of them transferred to Washington State."

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