Prep DT with crimson offer tripping to WSU

A PREP DT prospect who smashed his own sack record this past season in Placentia, California, about 30 minutes outside of L.A., is having quite a week. He's heading to Pullman this weekend on an official visit to Washington State. And earlier this week, Cougars' head man Paul Wulff showed up at his house for an in-home visit and offered him a WSU scholarship.

Anthony Laurenzi (6-4, 260, 5.0) says Washington State has made a big splash in his recruitment since Paul Wulff was named head coach.

"I've been talking to them for only (2-3) weeks. They said as soon as they saw my film they called me up and got in touch with me," said Laurenzi.

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Washington State assistants Jody Sears and Travis Niekamp have both been involved in his recruitment, said Laurenzi, with Niekamp and Wulff coming down to make the in-home visit on Monday.

"They were young," said Laurenzi, with some surprise. "They were younger than all the other coaches I've seen, it was a little different."

AS RECENTLY AS two weeks ago, an area newspaper had a mention on Laurenzi with San Diego State looking like the leader. But in the recruiting world, things change quickly.

SDSU, said Laurenzi, has since fallen off. And Nevada, a school that offered Laurenzi this past Sunday while he was on his official trip, is now a co-leader with Washington State.

"Washington State wasn't really in the picture at that time," said Laurenzi about the early part of January. "...If I had to pick two colleges to pick from, I'd say it's Nevada and Washington State right now... I feel like I'm a priority to them."

Laurenzi on his trip to Reno last weekend said he formed a bond with the defensive line coach in Reno.

The staffs at SMU (earlier at Hawaii), UCLA and ASU are among others who have been showing varying shades of interest this season. Distance, said Laurenzi a few weeks back, might be a consideration though he noted it might not be as big a factor now.

IMPORTANT TO LAURENZI in making his choice will be a program who will put some Ws up on the board.

"I want to go to a winning program. I don't like losing, I've only lost two games in my starting varsity career and I'm 45-3 over my high school career," said Laurenzi.

Laurenzi has helped El Dorado High win back-to-back CIF Southwest Division Championships the past two seasons.

Washington State, along with Nevada, is recruiting Laurenzi as a d-tackle.

"Everyone is looking for quickness, size and speed (inside) and they say I fit the profile," said Laurenzi.

LAURENZI RACKED UP 23 SACKS sacks among his 91 tackles this season, smashing the school sack record he set as a junior with 15.

He earned a plethora of MVP and POY honors for his efforts his senior season -- The Century League named him lineman of the year, he was the Southwest Division's defensive player of the year.

The two-time first-team All-CIF, All-League honoree, Laurenzi was also the Orange County Register's 2007 Defensive Player of the Year.

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