Southland RB eyes Cougar trip, WSU in-home

A PREP RUNNING BACK out of Torrance, Calif., who racked up 3,719 ground yards in the Southland the past two seasons comes to the Palouse this weekend on his official visit. After a late start on his trips, he's making up for lost time but before his sojourn to Pullman, he had in-homes scheduled with a pair of Pac-10 schools.

One of the Pac-10 schools who was coming by on Tuesday for an in-home with the running back was Washington State.

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Brian Baucham (5-11, 175, 4.4) said Cougar head man Paul Wulff and running backs coach Steve Broussard were scheduled to comeing by and sitting down for some face-to-face time on Tuesday. USC was also scheduled to drop by on the same day.

Both Washington State and USC are recruiting Baucham at running back and have also talked about the possibility, because he has the hips and skills set, to play corner in the Pac-10.

BAUCHAM'S SECOND OFFICIAL visit this weekend is to Washington State. Prior, he tripped to Utah State on Jan. 11, He said he came away surprised and impressed.

"Utah (State) was great, it was a good experience, my first visit. It's a small town so everyone is circled around the would be a nice little place to be at. I had thought the players would be competitive, like I'm trying to take their position, but all the running backs were really cool and telling me I would love it there," said Baucham.

Utah State has scheduled an in-home visit on Thursday, said Baucham.

IMPORTANT TO BAUCHAM in making a decision will be a coaching staff that's down to earth but straight forward, and who will help make him a better football player. The support systems in place for a student-athlete will also play an important role.

On his trip to Washington State, Baucham said he wants to get a sense of the family atmosphere in Pullman.

"I want to see how the team is, if it seems like a family and people you can really hang out with or it seems really competitive...I also want to see how the coaches are. Are the coaches going to tell you whatever just to get you to come there or are they going to tell you how they really feel," he said.

Along with USC, Idaho and Montana have also been in touch recently. Utah State, however, made a strong impression.

"Utah has a big chance at me, I'm really considering going to Utah and I can see myself going there for four years," he said.

DESCRIBED BY SCOUT.COM as an elusive yet physical runner with a solid set of hands, Baucham dashed and slashed for 1,729 rushing yards this season to go along with 1,990 hashes his junior campaign. He carried the ball for a combined 42 touchdowns over the two seasons.

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. He says he needs to get stronger to excel at the next level and that a good college strength program will be important to him. Scout has his bench at 240-pounds with a squat of 360.

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