BREAKING: DE w/ major speed goes crimson

THE FIRST SUMMER CAMP held at Washington State under Paul Wulff looks better and better by the day. The Cougars on Saturday landed their fourth known verbal commitment in the class of 2009 -- and the third pledge from a participant at their June camp. The newest member of the Cougar family is a 3-star prospect who spent his four days out on the Palouse blowing by people coming off the edge.

Speedy Spokane defensive end Chris Mastin went crimson on Saturday.

"I verbally committed to Washington State today," said the Lewis & Clark defensive standout. "I really enjoyed myself at their camp when I went down there. And I really got to know the d-line coach Malik Roberson well.

"I was just talking to Roberson at first and then I told him I was ready to commit. He was really happy. I called coach (Paul) Wulff too and he was really happy for me. He said now I can just focus on my academics and my senior year."

Mastin had heard from Boise State and others, and had also camped at the UW, after the Washington State camp, but said his recruiting process has concluded, he's Wazzu bound.

"I just knew it was the right place," said Mastin.

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MASTIN BECOMES THE fourth known verbal commitment in the '09 class, joining DT Justin Clayton out of Napa, Calif., MLB Darren Markle from Meridian, Idaho and DE Geoff Meinken from Lynnwood.

The Cougars have also already secured their first verbal commitment in the 2010 class -- TE Aaron Dunn out of Spokane's Shadle Park High.

Mastin, Clayton and Dunn all verbally committed to the Cougars after their camp experience in Pullman.

EARLIER THIS OFFSEASON, Wulff told CF.C one of his top priorities is to recruit more speed, get it to Pullman and let it grow up. Mastin certainly fits the bill -- his speed on the defensive line was critical to Lewis and Clark's run to the state title this past year.

Mastin, who checks in at 6-1.5, says he's right around 205 pounds these days. Count on him continuing to get bigger, says his prep coach.

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

MASTIN TOOK HOME an MVP award from the Cougar coaches after spending four days at WSU's camp regularly beating would-be blockers. And Mastin's mom also figured into his decision. She picked him up in Pullman at the conclusion of the camp and before they headed back home, spent time with WSU staff.

"...I guess they were talking a bit and she said she liked what they were talking about," Mastin told CF.C earlier this week.

MASTIN WAS NAMED first-team All-GSL on LC's 2007 state 4A championship team. He was also voted LC's defensive lineman of the year.

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

Lewis & Clark has a history of producing future crimson and gray talent. Some of the names include such legendary Cougars as Erik Coleman, Dan Lynch, Bill Gaskins, Gail Cogdill, John Bley, Harold Ahlskog and Butch Meeker.

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