RB has high praise for WSU after official

THE COUGS ARE experiencing a tough stretch indeed on the scoreboard but as far as recruiting goes, that's a different story indeed. Case in point, alumni and fans generally look at a bad beat in a much different light than do recruits -- and that includes one with a WSU offer who was in Pullman on an official visit this weekend. "Oh, I really like it a lot," he said. "It was just a great place."

Running back Isi Sofele (5-7, 175) was out on the Palouse this weekend on an official visit along with Latu Heimuli (6-4, 305). Sofele is from Cottonwood High, Heimuli from Highland. (Asi Hosea, a 5-10, 170-pound defensive back out of Cottonwood and Sofele's cousin, also visited but unofficially and therefore wasn't involved in the same events that Sofele and Heimuli were.)

"We all had a great time," said Sofele.

A lopsided loss like the one to USC isn't a whole lot of fun, said Sofele. In looking at the big picture, however, Sofele said there is an important positive as well.

"The (outcome) was horrible but one reason I like that place is because I know I will have the opportunity to see the field very early," said Sofele.

COLLEGE COACHES don't have as much time to spend with recruits as they would like on official visit weekends during the season, not when there's a game to be played. But, said Sofele, you wouldn't know it by assistants Jody Sears and Steve Broussard.

"We spent a lot of time with Jody Sears," said Sofele. "We had the opportunity to stay in the same hotel as him and so he was kind of the main man for us whenever (running backs coach Steve Broussard) wasn't there. Coach Sears was the one who took us to dinner or to go get some food. We saw him quite often."

So, too, did Sofele see player hosts Bernard Wolfgramm and Tony Thompson.

"(Wolfgramm) is a cool guy, he knows what to do and how to treat the players...The environment, all the coaching staff, they were just great people," said Sofele. They treated us very well...Coach (Broussard), the running backs coach, I really liked him a lot as a coach," said Sofele.

AMONG THE VISIT highlights was breaking bread at Paul Wulff's house, said Sofele.

"We talked to him the first day we got there and as the weekend went on, we went and ate dinner at his house after the game. That was good, really good. And we got to meet most all the other coaches at that, too," said Sofele.

Sofele had formed a bond with Sears over the phone this year but said his mindset going in was different than coming out of the official, and that the layout of the Washington State campus, with everything being close by, also appealed to him.

"I kind of thought it wouldn't be all that good when I was going out there but when I went out there, I went with a couple friends (Heimuli and Hosea) who wanted to see if they wanted to go there too -- and it really stood out in my mind. I really thought it was a great experience," said Sofele.

Sofele said he plans on waiting until the season is over and looking at all his options before making a final decision. For more on Sofele, click here.

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