BREAKING: Cougs land youthful prep DB

PAUL WULFF AND STAFF have landed the fifth known verbal commitment from this past recruiting weekend -- and No. 15 overall in the Washington State 2008 class. A defensive back from the same high school as the Cougs' Tyrone Justin, the 6-1, 175-pounder might just have his picture next to the term "youth movement" in the dictionary. Youthful, yes. But he packs a punch.

He hits pretty hard already, so just wait 'till he's old enough to shave.

The Cougs 15th known verbal commitment, Terrance Hayward (6-1, 175, 4.5), turned 16 years old in November. But he'll be embarking upon his college career in a few short months.

And he's given his oral pledge to Washington State.

"Yeah, I committed," said Hayward. "They (the coaches) were pretty excited...I didn't want to commit until I got out there and saw it...The high graduation rate percentage, I liked hearing that and how they help you maintain your grades through the (support services) in place."

HAYWARD MAY BE young, but he can bring the heat. At Washington State he'll line up at either safety or corner -- safety being perhaps where he gets his first look -- how he ultimately fits best in the Cougar defensive backfield will be determined during WSU's fall camp this August.

"The only way they said they can tell (position-wise) is after summer practices," said Hayward. "...I run a 4.5, that was the fastest I ran last year.

"The coaches said they liked the fact that I was young. And they really liked the way I come up and hit. I'm not scared to come up and hit someone, and that's what they said they really saw in me on my film."

Hayward said WSU's facilities, stadium plans and the Cougs' basketball game, a boisterous victory over Oregon, were among the trip highlights. He wasn't, however, used to a colder weekend coming up from California.

"I've seen snow but I've never actually had it coming down on me...I thought the basketball game was cool. I thought they were going to lose and then they pulled it through. But the fans chanting and everybody there, I had never been to a college basketball game so that was my first time. And like a football game there, everybody was there for it," he said.

Marshall and Idaho State were the two main suitors Hayward had been hearing the most from of late, in addition to Washington State.

HAYWARD ALSO SAID he may still take a trip to Marshall but no plans had been finalized.

Hayward in 10 games in '07, in addition to logging 404 all-purpose yards, recorded 51 tackles, three interceptions (with 80 return yards after the picks,) and broke up six passes.

Along with CB Justin, graduating senior and NFL prospect Michael Bumpus, and current Cougar WR Greg Walker, plus future Cougar DE Jesse Sanchez, are other members of the crimson and gray who came out of Culver City.

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