Cali middle 'backer high on Cougars

MIDDLE LINEBACKER will likely be a target area for WSU this recruiting class -- four year starter Greg Trent is a senior-to-be. Indeed, all three starting linebackers listed atop the pre-spring depth chart are all entering their final season at WSU in '08. One prospect who holds a Wazzu offer says it's the Cougs and another Pac-10 school recruiting the hardest, and the offers are coming in fast.

Trevor Erno (6-2, 230, 4.7) is hearing from most of the Pac-10 and with ever increasing frequency.

"I'm hearing most from Arizona and Washington State right now," said Erno, out of Lakewood, Calif., about 20 minutes outside of L.A.

High atop his list, Erno said, will be a school that offers a chance to earn immediate playing time. He noted Washington State's depth chart lists three seniors-to-be at the starting linebacker spots.

"I really like them," said Erno of Washington State. "I like the coach, it's actually the running backs coach (Steve Broussard) that I've been talking to, he's a really nice guy. They have three seniors ..and that's a big No. 1 up there, playing time, that's a big thing for me right there."

USC, UCLA and Cal are other Pac-10 schools he named as being in close contact. In addition to Washington State, Erno holds offers from Arizona, Cal, Oregon, Colorado and Nebraska.

USC has talked to his prep coach at Lakewood High about the possibility of an offer, and he'll be at UCLA this weekend on an unofficial visit where offer No. 7 could be waiting.

Erno, who had 65 tackles and two sacks his junior campaign, said he and his dad are planning on taking unofficial trips to Arizona and USC in the near future, among others.

"I want to stay Pac-10 local, and my grandpa lives up in Oregon so I'll probably (also) spend time up in Oregon and Washington," said Erno.

WITH RESPECT TO playing time beyond his first year, i.e. from a career perspective, he also said that will weigh into his decision more.

amazing opportunity for me and it's happened so fast. I just really want to play football, I don't really care (too much) where I go and it's up to me. I just want to go out there and play football.

"I'm looking for PT, for playing time. I'm one of those guys, I'll go to a (big school) but there's also a big chance I'm not going to play," said Erno. "I'd rather go to (another school) and hopefully start my freshman year, or redshirt, but hopefully have a chance to start.

"All I really want to do is play football. It's an amazing opportunity for me and it's happened so fast. I don't really care (as much about) where I go, and the decision is up to me. I just want to go out there and play football."

ERNO HAS BEEN playing the game since he was seven years old and says his instincts and love for the game are what college coaches have commented most on.

"I have a lot of passion for the game. Believe it or not, I'm a pretty hard hitter. All the coaches they've all said they love the way I hit...people ask how I get to the ball and well, I just look at it and run to it," he said with a laugh.

"Coaches have also said I have a good tackle to tackle (range) and they always talk about my sideline to sideline (coverage) so I'm really working on that, too."

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