Tru talks Cougs, official to WSU on deck?

DESMOND TRUFANT had an in-home meeting with Washington State assistant coach Mike Levenseller on Wednesday and talked, among other things, about possibly taking an official trip to WSU next weekend. "I like Washington State because it's a nice college town, you can keep focused on what you're doing and it's nice over there. And they've got a good coaching staff," said the 5-11, 170-pound corner.

Trufant, rated three stars by Scout.com, said his upcoming official visit plans weren't yet finalized but that an official to Wazzu could be upcoming for next weekend.

"I haven't set them up yet but I should be seeing a few soon in the next couple weeks -- Colorado and Washington State as well as maybe a few others," said the Wilson High standout.

Trufant is the younger brother of CougGreat Marcus Trufant, the former 11th overall pick in the draft coming out of Cougarville and now a starting corner and 2007 All-Pro selection for the Seattle Seahawks. But the Trufant-Wazzu ties don't stop there.

Another brother, Isaiah Trufant, was a first team all-conference corner for Eastern Washington under Paul Wulff. Isaiah now plays in the Arena League with the Arizona Rattlers.

LEVENSELLER, WHO recruited Marcus to Wazzu, was in the Tacoma on Wednesday to meet with Trufant.

"He talked to me about me coming there, how I could make an impact on the team," said Trufant.

TRUFANT SAID he's hearing the most from Washington State, ASU and Colorado these days. He holds offers from those three plus full rides from Oregon, Washington and others.

"I'm just looking for a good team -- the players and how they are, how the coaches are," said Trufant. "And how everything in the program is run.

"Am I going to be able to come in and have an impact early, or am I going to have to redshirt? I want to come in and try to play. (I'm looking) for where I have the best chance to play."

Trufant was named first-team All-Narrows League on both offense and defense this season as a running back and corner, respectively -- the only dual first teamer. He also starts on Wilson's hoops team.

TRUFANT SAID A DECISION could come soon or it could come further down the road as recruiting season moves towards Letter of Intent Day on Feb. 4. Trufant said he was just going to "follow my heart" as to where he would spend the next four years of his life.

"I'm open ended," said Trufant of his decision timetable.

Trufant has already visited ASU, his first and only official visit thus far, and said the trip went very well.

"I really liked it down there. And that's really the only place I've (officially) visited and really seen," said Trufant.

Some of the offering schools have talked to him about also playing special teams and/or even a little receiver in addition to cornerback. But his bread and butter looks to be out on the island.

"I wouldn't mind doing put returns or kick returns. But I'm definitely on the defensive side," said Trufant.

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