Cougs offer prolific RB/CB out of Southland

HE'S BEEN ONE of the more prolific rushers out of the Southland the past two years, racking up 3,719 hashes. But he also has some defensive chops -- Washington State, he says, likes him at both cornerback and running back. An official visit to the Palouse was scheduled a few weeks back but the most recent news is that he also just received a scholarship offer from the Cougs this past weekend.

Brian Baucham (5-11, 175, 4.4) got the call from Cougar running backs coach Steve Broussard this weekend that WSU was offering him a scholarship. Broussard knows a little something about the position, having starred at WSU in the late 80s followed by nine seasons in the NFL.

"Utah had been recruiting me the hardest but Washington State called me Saturday and offered me," said Baucham. "I'm going out there (Jan. 19). Steve Broussard is the guy I've been talking to. He told me they liked my tape and I'm a guy who can probably gain weight real fast. He's a good guy. It seems like he was brought up well. And he's definitely a strong, football guy."

But Washington State also likes him in the defensive secondary.

"They're recruiting me at running back but the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach said they could use me on defense, too. So they're leaving it up to me on what I want to do," said Baucham. "As long as I get to play and have fun at my position, and work hard, I don't really care where I play. Running back is a little more glorious but you get to come up and make the hit at corner, too."

OFFICIAL VISITS look to go a long ways to deciding where he spend the next few years of his life, said Baucham, with WSU holding a slight edge -- perhaps.

"A slight leader I think would probably have to be Washington State...or maybe USC," said Baucham.

USC has scheduled an official visit for the tail end of January. Oregon and ASU were also showing interest earlier.

"They've all just been saying for me to keep doing good in school, checking on my grades and stuff. I'm going out to USC on the 25th. I'm going to Utah on the 11th...I did really good on the SAT and I'm just making sure I stay on top of the ball and don't drop anything, get a case of senioritis or anything like that," said Baucham.

BAUCHAM RACKED UP for 1,729 rushing yards this season to go along with 1,990 hashes his junior campaign, rushing for a combined 42 touchdowns over the two seasons.

An elusive yet physical runner with a solid set of hands, Baucham runs the 40 in the 4.4 range, (he was hand timed at 4.36 earlier this year) and is also an accomplished track and field athlete.

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