Cougs offer a potential California Slash

WASHINGTON STATE's new offense this season will be in motion, with multiple sets and players moving more pre-snap than has been seen in recent years out on the Palouse. One versatile player out of California who could fit into that system well and has caught the eye of the Cougar coaches during the May Evaluation period received a crimson offer this week.

Usua Amanam (5-10, 180, 4.6) out of San Jose's Bellarmine Prep got the news this week Wazzu had offered.

"I talked to my coach and he said he got a call yesterday morning from Washington State saying they were offering me," said Amanam. "I think they've been doing most of their communication through my coach."

Where Amanam will be lining up next season depends on the school. If he were to end up at Washington State, he could do so on offense as the proverbial "Slash" type of player.

"Maybe not as an every down back but as someone who could get in there, make plays and move around," said Amanam.

"(Schools) all say that they like me when I have the ball in my hands...I think almost every school is recruiting me as an offensive player, someone that could play running back, receiver, someone who could return punts and kicks. At first I thought they would be recruiting me as a corner because of my size."

AMANAM SAID after consultation with his family, he firmly wants to decide by summer's end.

"I definitely want to get everything over with, finish everything, by the time the season starts," said Amanam. "Distance is not a factor at all...I couldn't care less if it's on the East Coast, in the South or on the West Coast."

Stanford, Northwestern have also offered, while Vanderbilt and Wake Forest are coming on strong, said Amanam. His brother attends Vanderbilt, and Usua's already taken an unofficial there and plans on taking another trip out to Tennessee soon. An unofficial to visit to UCLA i also in the cards, and Arizona and ASU are also showing him the recruiting love.

"Honestly I think the atmosphere is going to be really important, you have to feel comfortable wherever you go. I think that's going to be the main thing that's going to make my see a school and actually see if I fit in that type of atmosphere," said Amanam.

AT RUNNING BACK last season, Amanam racked up 1,656 yards on 220 carries with 20 touchdowns while also hauling in 21 receptions and three more scores.

For his efforts in '07, he was named San Jose Mercury first team all-county by the San Jose Mercury and first team all-metro by the San Francisco Chronicle.

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