RECRUITING: Cougs closing in on Cali hoss

ONE OF THE TOP junior college center prospects in the state of California, a 6-3, 280-pounder who likes to run, was in Pullman this past weekend on an official visit to Washington State. The two-time, first-team all-league selection had been verbally committed to another -school for months. Now, post-Wazzu visit, is he leaning crimson?

Zack Williams, (6-3.5, 285) is indeed now a strong lean towards Wazzu.

"I was verbally committed to San Diego State but I feel Washington State is a better fitter for me, so I think I'm going to end up changing that around and commit to Washington State and I'll end up signing with them," said Williams. "It just feels more "me" there and that I would fit in so well there...I'm still in the process of thinking it out but I kinda already know what I want to do.

"Probably in the next week and a half or so I'll (make the final decision), I want to call up a few people who will help me with this decision so I should know for sure around then."

WASHINGTON STATE LIKES Williams at either center or guard, he said. The three star prospect, who prepped at Pasadena High, already knew the Cougars' Andrew Roxas from their playing days in the Pasadena area. He said he formed a tight bond this weekend with Roxas, Joe Eppele and a host of other Cougar players.

"It went really well on my visit, I really got attached to the players and the team. It was a really cool time there," said Williams.

WILLIAMS WAS NAMED Region III All-America by the CCCFCA following the '07 season. He also earned first team all-Western States Conference honors the past two years at center for Glendale, and was named honorable mention JC Grid-Wire All-America.

Washington State, he said, likes his ability to get out and run, his footwork and strength.

"They said they really like the way I get off the ball and how I'm always downfield," said Williams.

Williams' coach at Glendale said earlier this season the hoss is an uber-aggressive offensive lineman with a lot of speed for his size, and an o-lineman who has more of a defensive mentality.

"I have a little bit of a nasty streak to me," agreed Williams, also said to be one of the top performers in the Glendale weight room.

WSU ASSISTANT COACH Steve Broussard has been running the recruiting point for Washington State on Williams.

"He's a cool cat," said Williams.

Williams has three to play two, having never redshirted after graduating from Pasadena in '06.

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  • Williams was also a preseason JC Grid-Wire All-American headed into the '07 campaign.

  • Daniel Calvin was also in on an official visit to Pullman this weekend.

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