THE BIG OFFICIAL VISIT weekend out on the Palouse featured No. 6 Washington State's Sunday night hoops victory over Oregon. And Beasley Coliseum, it was jumping. Perhaps so much so that a defensive back out of California, began referring to the Cougars as "we" from that point on. The next morning, he gave his verbal commitment to WSU head man Paul Wulff. "I felt like it was home," he said.

Tyree Toomer (6.0, 180, 4.47) out of Bellflower's St. John Bosco High, about 30 minutes outside of L.A., said the family atmosphere in Pullman struck a chord with him.

"I felt real good there," said Toomer. "I liked the campus, the people there are real friendly, and I like the coaching staff and everybody there."

TOOMER WAS ONE of a close trio on the WSU trip who came up together -- also along with him were Kevin Norrell and Brian Baucham. Headed to breakfast on Monday morning, Baucham and Norrell were first to breakfast and gave their verbals to Wulff.

Toomer was right behind them.

"Coach Wulff, he was happy to have me here, happy to have me commit," said Toomer. "He said he was looking forward to having me here this summer, and all the other coaches were excited too.

"They have good academic programs, they really take care of their student athletes. I felt like it...was the place for me for the next 4-5 years that I can have (fun) and get my degree. I think I can be very successful there."

THE SUNDAY NIGHT basketball game, a 69-60 victory for No. 8 Washington State over Oregon, also made an impact.

"The basketball game was great. The crowd was all into the game -- and we won -- so it was an added plus. It was just a great game to be at," said Toomer.

WASHINGTON STATE OFFERED Toomer with an eye towards safety but cornerback is also an option.

"They see me as maybe an interchangeable player, I could play maybe corner, free safety or strong safety," said Toomer. "So they're going to try me out in all those positions and see where I fit in best at.

"I'm physical, but I'm also an athlete out there because in high school I play outside linebacker... I like hitting."

ALL OF THOSE attributes, Toomer said, plus a few more, stood out to the WSU coaches.

"They said they like my size and my frame. They saw me on film and liked my speed, and then just how I moved and what I can do on the field," said Toomer of the Cougar coaches.

TOOMER BECOMES THE the 13th known verbal commitment in WSU's 2008 class.

"I look forward to playing there next year. I believe I'm going to make an immediate impact, so look out for me," said Toomer.

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