Cougs have 4-star 'backer in orbit

NEWS ON THE recruiting of 4-star prospect Boseko Lokombo has been in short supply since, earlier this summer, he returned home to Canada after spending a year in the States. It turns out he's still very much on the crimson radar. Here's the latest from the No. 8 ranked middle linebacker prospect in the nation.

Boseko Lokombo (6-3, 215) says Washington State, Oregon, Cal, Oregon State and Washington are the schools he's been hearing most from, in no particular order, over the past month or so.

"Those are the main schools I've had contact with," said Lokombo. "Me and my family are trying to narrow things down."

Lokombo said Washington State was up in Abbotsford, just north of the state of Washington border, last week to watch a practice.

Lokombo said he's looking to see how the Cougs will respond down the stretch run for this year, if they stay motivated and then he's also trying to project as much as he can how WSU will be as a team and program next year.

"Washington State, I've been talking to their defensive coach on the phone. They're not having the greatest year, but it's close to home. They've just got to get on the winning side and get their players healthy," said Lokombo.

Lokombo said Travis Niekamp and Rich Rasmussen, who are running the recruiting point for Washington State, had made an impression because of how they're "down to earth".

The book on Lokombo is an athletic combination of size and speed -- he carries 215 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame and ran a hand-timed 4.42 in the 40 this spring.

LOKOMBO HAS AN official visit to Cal tentatively scheduled for Nov. 22, he plans on finalizing his other four official trips sometime after his season ends at W J Mouat Secondary.

Contact with Oregon has been "very" frequent, said Lokombo, and the Ducks were up to watch a practice in the last few weeks. Oregon State is also in the mix.

"I'm talking with coach Jay Locey there. He came up to watch one of my games and they're still (recruiting hard)...their season is going pretty well too, like Oregon. They played USC and they beat them, too. That was a really good game," said Lokombo.

STARRING ON both offense and defense, Lokombo has been a wrecking ball for once-beaten Mouat this season.

He'll play defense at the next level but coming into his final regular season game as a senior, he had rushed for 927 yards and 14 touchdowns on 52 carries over eight games. That is a ridiculous 17.8 yards per touch.

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