BREAKING: Cougs with a big in-state WR get

GINO SIMONE TELLS CF.C that the recruiting process is over for him following his unofficial visit to Washington State. "I've been down there a couple times but being down there yesterday confirmed all the feelings I was having," said Simone, who verballed to Wazzu on Saturday afternoon. The 3-star rated receiver chose the Cougs over offers from Washington, Oregon State and others.

The Cougs now have six known verbal commitments, and all six are rated 3-star prospects by

Simone comes out of Skyline High, a school with a long history of producing outstanding receivers and Simone is a textbook case of a guy who is more advanced in terms of technique and skill than the average prep receiver commit. Indeed, Simone is a very polished receiver who should fit nicely into WSU's new, high-tempo offensive attack.

"I got a chance to sit down and go a little more in-depth with the coaches on what Washington State wants to do on offense and where they're headed on offense. And I'm real confident in that coaching staff and where they're going." said Simone.

SPEAKING OF THE Washington State staff, Simone spent a good amount of time at the Cougs' practice watching WR's coach Mike Levenseller and the crimson receiving corps.

"The practices were really up-tempo and watching coach Levenseller do his job, that was really good -- I really enjoyed seeing him work with his guys and how he gets stuff done," said Simone.

WITH SKYLINE ABOUT 20 minutes away from the UW, and with Skyline's head coach taking an assistant job with the Huskies this offseason, many of those who follow recruiting thought Simone would eventually verbal to the Dawgs.

It's long been clear when it comes to recruiting that the influence that moms have over a prospect's decision generally supercedes the opinions of anyone else.

Simone's mom came along for the WSU visit, and in looking at the sterling job the Cougar football staff did in recruiting the wide receiver this year, a weekend assist here to June Daugherty might also be in order.

The WSU women's hoops coach has this August attended some Cougar football fall camp practices, as has Tony Bennett, and Daugherty, out on the practice field again on Friday, ended up spending some quality time with Simone's mom.

"Obviously, the moms are going to be a little biased towards the school that's closest. But she does agree it's a good fit and she really does like the coaches at WSU. She talked with (coach Daugherty) quite a bit. (Daugherty) was out watching the practice and they just kind of migrated around together while me and Kirby were over watching coach Levy," said Simone.

SIMONE HAD TWO BIG touchdowns in one of the more memorable state title games of recent memory, Skyline's 42-35 win over O'Dea for the 3A championship last year. The junior was key to Skyline overcoming a 21-point deficit.

"He was one of the top 2-3 players on the field that day between Skyline and O'Dea and he was only a junior. He's an in-state kid, he's one of the top kids in the state this year -- what a great get for the Cougars," said Ian Furness, of KJR-AM radio.

Simone had 70 receptions for 1,420 yards with 20 touchdowns last season and was named to the Seattle Times All-Area First Team.

A separate article on Saturday said Simone indicated that two more could soon be joining him in a Wazzu verbal. Jamal Atofau and Kirby Moore were at WSU at the same time as Simone, (Atofau is expected to be at WSU until Sunday), and were both reportedly sky high on the Cougs.

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