BREAKING: Simone makes final decision

YOU CAN REMOVE any questions on the matter, any interim labels, any mentions of a soft verbal. His final decision is in. The No. 1 overall rated prospect in the state of Washington, 4-star wide receiver Gino Simone out of Issaquah's Skyline High, is coming to Washington State.

"I've made my decision. I'm going to Washington State," Simone told CF.C on Saturday.

Simone originally committed to Paul Wulff and the Cougs back in the summer but decided in November he wanted to take some official trips and look at some other schools, which on means he is classified as a "soft verbal".

Oregon State, Boise State and Washington all hotly pursued the 6-0, 175-pound receiver rated in the nation's Top 40 over the past month-plus.

Simone said his trip to Oregon State was excellent, but it was his official visit experience to Washington State that turned out to be key.

"The two trips I went on were awesome," said Simone. "But WSU just felt like home.

"I know a lot of the guys who have committed and who are going to Washington State. And I'm ready to be a part of something there. I believe in what coach Wulff is doing. I'm ready to get over there."

Simone has cancelled his trip to Boise State and will not visit Washington. He gave the news of his final decision to WSU receivers coach Mike Levenseller and area recruiting coach Travis Niekamp on Christmas and then got in touch with the other schools before making it public.

"I actually talked to coach Levy and coach Niekamp on Christmas evening," said Simone. "Since then, I've been trying to get hold of Oregon State and Boise State to thank them with the opportunity they presented me, that's why I didn't (immediately) come out with it...And now, now I'm ready to go.

"I told Lev that I wanted to be a Coug and I'm really fired up about what they've got going. Niekamp told me that I made his Christmas."

Simone said his family is also thrilled with his decision to attend Washington State.

"My parents just let me voice what I felt and after that (WSU) trip, it just solidified it for me that I need to be at Washington State. (My dad) is really excited," said Simone.

In the just-concluded 2008 campaign he caught 54 passes for 862 yards and 13 touchdowns en route to earning all-classifications All-State honors for the second-straight year.

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