Cougs land top-tier Gonzaga Prep DE

ANOTHER OF THIS year's highest rated recruits from the state of Washington has gone crimson. Spokane uber-athlete Travis Long gave his verbal commitment to the Cougs on Christmas, and WSU has now landed six of the state's top 11 ranked prospects in the class of 2009. Plus, in Long and Chris Mastin, Wazzu has in the fold both Defensive Players of the Year from the Greater Spokane League.

Long, who stars at Gonzaga Prep, chose Washington State over offers from Oregon State, Boise State and others.

"I verbally committed to Washington State last night," said Long.

The 6-5, 244 pound Long will come to Pullman as a defensive end, though ranks him as the No. 39 tight end prospect in the nation. His official visit to Wazzu earlier this month was key.

"After the official visit I had very strong feelings for Washington State. I pretty much knew what I wanted to do, but I didn't want to make a decision only based on the pure happiness from the trip. So I waited, talked to all the other coaches to see if my mind ever changed. And it definitely didn't, so I felt it would be a good time to commit," said Long.

Following his visit to the Palouse, Long canceled a scheduled in-home visit from Boise State head man Chris Petersen. About a week later, he made it official that he was headed to Washington State.

Long, a very athletic, big body who might not be done growing, has two uncles and an aunt who are Cougars. He was named after this season to the Seattle Times' All-State team, and was the GSL's co-defensive player of the year with Chris Mastin, another future Cougar defensive end.

Long and Mastin both tore it up at Washington State's summer youth camp back in July. Northwest Recruiting Analyst Chris Fetters says Long dropped jaws his senior year.

"At 250 pounds he was even running some variations on the option offensively for Dave McKenna at G-P and killing it, getting separation from secondary players that were at least 50 pounds lighter," said Fetters. "Long was probably my highest-riser this fall in terms of what he showed during the season and his potential at the next level. He could legitimately play on either side of the ball.

"A defensive line with Long on one side and Chris Mastin on the other has to get folks in the Palouse pretty pumped up. And Long's versatility and athleticism has to really excite coach Wulff."

Long is also a standout on the basketball hardcourt and has helped lead G-Prep to a perfect 6-0 mark.

And he's an exceptional student, with a 3.91 GPA.

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