For Mastin, a crimson glow, times three

THE CAMP AND RECRUITING news on Spokane's Chris Mastin is all good for Cougar fans -- times three. First, there was his performance over four days in Pullman. Then there's his take on Washington State, the Cougar coaches and how things have further shifted post-camp. Last, but certainly not least, there's one other rather large item of note.

In watching the recruiting wars over the years, CF.C has come to one inescapable conclusion -- the influence that moms have over a prospect's decision generally supercedes the opinions of anyone else.

Lewis & Clark standout Chris Mastin was picked up in Pullman by his mom at camp's end but before they headed back home, she spent some time with WSU staff.

"She got to meet the coaches when she came to pick me up. And I guess they were talking a bit and she said she liked what they were talking about," said Mastin.

As for Mastin's take, he said getting to spend some time with the coaching staff, especially defensvie line coach Malik Roberson, was big.

"It was great, I liked it a lot and I got to know the coaches a lot better," said Mastin. "I talked to the d-line coach for a long time, coach Roberson. Me and him really got to know each other better."

WSU IS RECRUITING the hardest, said Mastin. Boise State has been in contact and he was going to try to take an unofficial out to Boise but things didn't fall into place. He was, however, able to get out to Washington's camp.

"It was good, it was alright. I only went for one day but I met coach (Randy) Hart, the d-line coach and he talked about my education and stuff. But I like WSU a lot more though. I think the camps were way different from each other. It seemed like WSU, they were more organized. But I like WSU because of the coaches...and coach Hart was welcoming too, but I just like WSU," said Mastin.

Mastin, according to what some prep coaches told CF.C, had a strong camp showing and most notable was his speed coming off the edge.

At 6-1.5 and 200 pounds, Mastin is a bit undersized for the d-end spot. But it's also a whole lot easier to put weight on a guy after getting him into a college strength and conditioning program and training table, than it is to teach him to be faster. And Mastin has a lot of room on his frame according to his prep coach.

"He has tremendous speed and tremendous room for physical growth," says Tom Yearout.

At the WSU camp, Mastin was named one of the MVP award winners on the defensive line by the Washington State coaches.

"They just said I stood out," said Mastin.

MASTIN SAID a verbal commitment was still a ways down the road. Still, Washington State has certainly made some gains of late.

"I have a lot better feel now," said Mastin. "I'm starting to feel a little bit more WSU."

HIS JUNIOR CAMPAIGN, Mastin was first-team All-GSL on LC's 2007 state 4A championship team. He was oted LC's defensive lineman of the year -- even though one of his battery mates on the line, senior Steve Johnson, was a first-team All-State selection.

Yearout said Lewis & Clark didn't keep track of sacks last season but Mastin racked up "a lot" of them.

Some of the notables from Lewis & Clark who have gone on to wear the crimson and gray include such legendary Cougars as Erik Coleman, Dan Lynch, Bill Gaskins, Gail Cogdill, John Bley, Harold Ahlskog and Butch Meeker.

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