Wulff lands verbal commit No. 2

THREE OTHER PAC-10 SCHOOLS, Oregon, Washington and Stanford, were waiting to see him at their camps. Boise State head coach Chris Petersen wanted to have a meeting with him. But linebacker Darren Markle had other ideas. On Wednesday, he traveled with his mom back home to Boise after a visit to BYU, and then made the phone call that sealed his commitment to a place where he feels he fits perfectly.

Markle and his mother Kareen were at BYU's camp this week, and the more Markle worked out the more he came to realize that his future wasn't going to be in Provo. It was going to be with the other Cougars. The ones in Pullman.

"I liked it (BYU camp) a lot, but the more I thought about it, I realized that Washington State was the best place for me," Markle told Scout.com Wednesday night after announcing his verbal commitment to the Washington State Cougars. The Markles flew back home from Salt Lake City today and then made his commitment known to first-year WSU head coach Paul Wulff and the Cougars.

Markle, a 6-foot-1, 240-pound three-star linebacker prospect from Mountain View High School in Meridian expects a chance to play right away when he hits campus in the summer of 2009. "They are looking at me as an inside linebacker," he said. "From what I've heard from them, they are losing three senior starting linebackers, so there's a good chance I might be able to play early."

So when did Markle start to figure out that the first college to offer him just might be his best fit? "I'd been to four camps so far and just being around the coaches I realized that Washington State treated me the best out of all the schools I'd been to," he said. "I think I'll have the best chance of being able to play early, which is important. Strength-wise, they have Coach (Rob) Oviatt, who is one of the three strength coaches in the country that you can certify with right now.

"Some of the coaches that I talked to from the other schools, they left me in the dark. They'd say one thing and do another. They haven't been really honest to me, but the Washington State coaches have the entire time. And it's Pac-10, so you can't get better than that. I'll get a chance to play against USC and these other big schools, and it's a great opportunity to me."

Markle decided against camping at Stanford, Washington and Oregon once he came to terms with his decision. He'll still camp at Washington State the middle of next week.

"I'm happy to be a Coug right now," Markle said. "They treated me the best. I'm really excited to get up there."

Markle is the second known verbal in WSU's 2009 recruiting class, joining Lynnwood defensive end Geoff Meinken.

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