Cougs offer CA burner

ONE OF THE top junior cornerback prospects in the state of California has been offered by Washington State. It's not difficult to see why he's creating a recruiting buzz around the Bay Area, most speed merchants generally do when they clock a 4.33 in the 40 at a combine.

Avery Patterson is fast, there's no doubt about that.

The 5-9, 165-pounder ran a 4.33 in the 40 at the NIKE combine in Oakland last month.

"Washington State offered me on Thursday," said Patterson, who hails from Pittsburg, Calif., about 45 minutes outside of San Francisco.

Another Pac-10 school, Arizona State, has also offered. His focus for the most part has been primarily on his track season rather than recruiting at this stage.

"I'm eager to see what they (WSU and ASU) have in store for the future," said Patterson. "I don't really know much about Washington State yet but I called the coach Thursday and talked to him and he was telling me a lot about how their school was trying to get back to the Rose Bowl. Coach Wulff, he was a cool guy and told me a lot about himself.

"They like my speed and the quickness of my feet."

PATTERSON SAID HE'S hearing from all the Pac-10 schools, and he went to nearby UCLA junior day event this past weekend. Most of the contact from other schools has been of the written kind.

"Washington, I'm pretty much getting a letter from them every day," he said.

Patterson, as you might expect, is also a track star who should challenge for the state's 300-m and 400-m track titles this year.

"I haven't really narrowed it down to what (I'm looking for in a school), I'm just trying to see who's interested and seeing what's out there. I'm doing track right now so I'm pretty busy," said Patterson.

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