Cali RB has rave reviews for WSU, visit

THE RECRUITING CHALLENGE for Washington State, well chronicled on CF.C over the years, is to get prospects to the Palouse. Because once they're there, they fall in love with the place. Carl Winston, at WSU for an official visit this past weekend, was no exception. "I was very excited and happy about what happened on the trip," said the All-CIF running back. And mom came along for the visit, too.

Winston (5-9, 205, 4.49) found something unexpected when he and his mom traveled to Washington State from Gardena, Calif., just outside of L.A.

"It wasn't at all what I expected, I was quite shocked. I don't know what I was expecting but I wasn't expecting that -- I didn't know that Washington State was a real big football town. And I didn't know it was a (college) town either," said Winston.

Despite the glowing reviews Winston had for all things crimson on the weekend trip, he said he was not ready to make a decision before leaving Pullman. And he may want to wait a while, until it gets closer to February's Letter of Intent Day.

But if Winston does sign with Wazzu in February, give an assist to the Cougar Nation.

"(It was) just the support from their fans -- even when they're losing, they're still behind them...I love that they're a football town, and the support they have from their fans. I like all the coaches and I love the town, it's a really nice felt like a family atmosphere and that everybody was together there," said Winston.

As for mom, Winston said the Wazzu experience received high marks from her as well.

"She was very happy and excited about it -- she liked the college atmosphere. And she liked all the coaches, they really showed us a good time," he said.

WINSTON IS A versatile back, one who has been adept at making the first man miss to the tune of 1,087 yards on 137 carries in eight games this season. Add to that a good pair of hands coming out of the backfield -- he has 18 receptions for 258 yards this season, with four touchdowns.

"(WSU) said they hope that I can make a difference, to come in and help them," said Winston. "The coaches have a good perspective on where they want to take their program.

"My player hosts were Romeo Pellum and James Montgomery, they were really good guys."

Apart from Washington State, Winston said Colorado, Fresno State, Colorado State and UCLA are among those he's hearing most from. he has tentative plans to visit Colorado in mid-December.

Winston has a shot to reach the 5,000 yard mark. Coming into his senior season, his career rushing total had stood at 3,300 yards, and he's added 1,087 yards on 137 carries in eight games this season.

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