Cougar LB recruiting coming into focus

WITH 17 KNOWN verbal commits, Washington State's 2008 class is coming into sharper focus -- and the Cougars' position recruiting at linebacker is no exception. One 6-1, 225-pound prospect out of the Evergreen State tripped out to the Palouse this weekend on an official visit. He talks post-visit on Wazzu, what the coming week might hold.

Tyler Washburn (6-1, 225, 4.6) left Pullman without a WSU offer, though he could end up earning one later this week.

Washburn and his dad sat down with WSU head man Paul Wulff on Saturday and talked about the Cougs' number at linebacker and where Washburn might fit in. Washburn's dad was in Pullman a short time with reports of a storm bearing down on parts of the region.

"He came for lunch on Saturday and he and I talked to coach Wulff for a little while," said Washburn. "That was basically how long he was there for...There's one other linebacker ahead of me. I think I'll know later this week whether or not I'm getting a scholarship offer from them.

"Coach Wulff was talking about the scholarship situation and how they really want to add me to the program, it's just whether or not I'll be able to get a scholarship or not."

As for Washburn, he said talking with the Wazzu coaches and players were among the visit highlights.

"I really like coach (Travis) Niekamp, I can tell he's a good coach. There were a few others, too -- I really liked (Jody) Sears, he's a funny guy," said Washburn.

Hallston Higgins served as Washburn's player host.

"Hallston was a great guy, and Marshall (Lobbestael), they were both really good guys...(The visit) went pretty well. I really like the way the campus was set up, and with the field right there at the top of a hill in the middle of campus," said Washburn.

THIS PAST SEASON at Skyline, Washburn missed three games on defense to allow an injury to heal, (he continued to play running back), but still managed to log appx. 60 tackles on the season. Offensively, he rushed for 1,285 yards and 18 TDs on 201 carries, earning first team all-league honors in the process.

Washburn is a bit bigger these days than had him listed (217) this season, checking in at 225-230 pounds.

Tyler Washburn profile and game video against Pierce

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