Will Cougs add hoss before fall camp?

RECRUITING NEVER STOPS and even though the kickoff to Washington State's fall camp is now less than eight weeks away, it could be that the Cougs aren't finished with the 2008 class just yet. But from the lay of the land, they'll likely have to outbattle a Pac-10 foe if they are to sign the hoss they just recently offered.

Donovan Edwards, a 6-5, 285-pound JC offensive tackle prospect, could enroll in college this fall.

"Washington State just offered me (last) week," said Edwards. "Coach (Paul) Wulff talked to me and said they want to offer me a scholarship and want me to come in and play this fall right away. I'm hoping I can take a trip up there to check it out."

A full qualifier and 2007 graduate of Pinole Valley High in the Bay Area, Edwards played his true freshman season at Diablo Valley College. Should Edwards sign with a DI-A school in the next few weeks, he would have four years to play three seasons.

He isn't ready quite yet to make a decision on that college future, but he could be getting serious about the process as soon as this week. Edwards will visit Rick Neuheisel and UCLA officially this week.

"I'm going there on the 11th and I'm staying until the 13th. I know UCLA really would like me to commit and come in this fall. So I'm going on the visit with an open mind. We'll see what happens."

Edwards said none of the schools who have offered him are pressuring him to make a decision, but he admitted that both Washington State and UCLA have indicated they'd both like to know soon.

He said, "They both obviously want me to come in and play this fall, and that would be like a dream, to come in and possibly have a chance to start when I thought I'd be back at a JC. I just need to take the trips and see if it's comfortable."

More is happening in recruiting for Edwards as his options have increased in recent weeks. Another in-state program has also been picking up their pace. "San Diego State just talked to me and they want me to come in on an official visit this month, we just have to work on the dates," said Edwards. "Basically, they said if I tripped there, they'd offer me."

Edwards said that those three schools were the only ones he was considering the rest of the way.

"Basically, I'm looking at those three schools, and if I don't make a decision on them, then I'll come back to Diablo Valley and play another year," said Edwards. "But it's nice to know I have some really good options. I have two Pac-10 schools that want me and they kind of need me to come in and play right away. So it's a good situation to be in."

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