BREAKING: 'Washington State, here I come!'

IT'S THE APPLE CUP that keeps on giving. Well, maybe that's not entirely accurate but the crimson experience that weekend out on the Palouse did play a direct role in the latest verbal commitment for the Cougars -- and he's gone crimson. Washington State's 11th known verbal commitment, a three-star running back out of California, is a 5-11, 212-pound workhorse with 4.46 speed.

"I committed to Washington State," said Arthur Burns. "Washington State, here I come!"

Burns has rushed this season for 1,531 yards on 223 carries with 23 touchdowns for an undefeated Centennial team ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southland.

"At any other school, Arthur Burns would have been a 3-year starter, and he's cramming three years worth of production into one. A great get for Washington State -- Paul Wulff continues to scour the top high school programs in California for talent," said Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager at

It was his official Apple Cup visit that was the decision catalyst for Burns, who said he verballed to the WSU coaches last week.

"I made my decision last Wednesday..." said Burns. "What really persuaded me to make my decision was the trip -- the warm feeling I had when I took my official visit..Coach Wulff said I made his day," said Burns.

Burns said his conversation with WSU President Elson Floyd while in Pullman and the football crazy nature of Wazzu were strong factors.

"When I talked to the president of the school, they said they had a good Engineering program and that's what I want to major in...I just liked the whole feeling of the school, the warm feeling of how it's a football town. And that's how my town is, that everybody loves football, everybody is at the football games, everything shuts down for the football games and that's how it is in Pullman," said Burns.

Huffman calls him a workhorse type of running backer, in the best possible sense of the term.

"Burns is a 25-30 carry a game type back, who's powerful, deceptively quick and not afraid of contact," said Huffman.

"Few players had bigger shoes to fill in Southern California this year than Burns, who took over for 3-year starter Ryan Bass. And all Burns has done is been a workhorse for the Huskies, quite possibly the best team in the West this year and standing at 12-0."

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