An eye opener for Mastin

THE CO-GSL DEFENSIVE PLAYER of the Year in Spokane this past season, future Coug Chris Mastin was out on the Palouse this last weekend on his official. Mastin has been committed to WSU since back in July -- he's long since had his football questions answered. But while at WSU with his family this weekend, he was surprised at the depth of WSU's commitment to their players, post-playing days.

One thing that Mastin said caught his attention this weekend was, in talking with head man Paul Wulff, just how Washington State also prepares their players for life after college.

"That really stood out to me...Me and my mom and my brother, we had a talk with coach Wulff," said Mastin. "That was nice, we had a good conversation. She likes the school a lot.

"It felt like a family."

WHILE AT WAZZU, Mastin got in some quality face time with Cougar d-line coach Malik Roberson.

"I got a chance to sit down with coach Malik and the guy from Boise (Ricky Tjong-A-Toe) so me and him sat down and talked with Malik, looking at different plays from last year, watching film, watching the different fronts.

Mastin, a defensive end at Lewis and Clark High, said the Cougar coaches did talk to him this weekend about playing defensive end or possibly playing outside linebacker when he gets to Pullman. Mastin played this season at 205 but looks to be one of those guys with a hummingbird's metabolism.

"I'm only like 195 right now but I'm working on getting it back up there," said Mastin.

Including, it would seem, this past weekend.

"It was fun, and we ate a lot," Mastin laughed.

MASTIN SAID he felt a solid bond with the Cougar players, with Romeo Pellum, Tyrone Justin and Deon Ford among those he spent time with while in Pullman.

"Those guys were really fun, I felt like I was family with them," said Mastin.

Other schools' recruitment of him has died down, said Mastin, though he's still getting some interest coming his way.

"I've gotten maybe a couple calls here and there but nothing really big. I think they've kind of left me alone knowing I was committed," said Mastin.

MASTIN WAS NAMED all-classifications All-State by the Seattle Times and also was selected to the Associated Press first team following his senior campaign.

A first team All-Greater Spokane League selection -- for the second straight year -- Mastin also took home the Co-Defensive Player of the Year award in the GSL, sharing the honor with future Cougar Travis Long.

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