Cougs rising for Midwest DE

IN PULLMAN THIS past weekend on an unofficial visit, Minnesota defensive end Matt Garin had an extended talk with WSU head man Paul Wulff. he says one of the chief considerations in his decision will be chemistry with the coaches and on that score post-unofficial, Garin gave the Washington State staff two enthusiastic thumbs up.

Matt Garin (6-4, 220, 4.6) said it's still too early to start naming leaders but Washington State took a leap up in his mind following his time out on the Palouse.

"I'd say Washington State is rising right now," said Garin, out of Apple Valley, Minn., about 20 minutes outside Minneapolis.

Garin and Wulff talked for nearly two hours over the weekend, Garin said.

"It was great," said Garin. "I liked it a lot. The coaches had great chemistry. Coach Wulff is a very down to earth guy."

WSU assistant Travis Niekamp is the Cougars' point man on Garin's recruitment.

"Coach Niekamp is the (area recruiting coach) and he took me out to show me the whole town, he was a really nice guy," said Garin. "I met a lot of the players when they were lifting. They gave me a really good warm welcome, left a good impression on me."

Garin had also planned to visit Oregon State but those plans were postponed.

"We actually couldn't make it to Oregon State because my flight got switched around...I'm definitely going to go see Oregon State and Air Force this spring. And I think I might be going to Wisconsin too this spring," said Garin.

Garin logged 62 tackles last season, with 13 hurries, 8 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 5 pass breakups, 18 tackles for loss and a safety. He was named all-conference each of the past two years. A two-year starter and three-year letterwinner, he is expected to become the first four-year letterwinner in school football history.

He's also on pace to set the school mark for tackles for loss and quarterback hurries. He already holds the school record for sacks.

He has known offers from Washington State, OSU and Air Force. Other schools who are showing interest include Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Oklahoma, Purdue, Stanford, Colorado.

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Also in Pullman this weekend was James Montgomery, the running back who is transferring from Cal. CF.C attempts to reach Montgomery over the past two weeks have thus far proved unsuccessful.

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