Wulff has in-home visit with DT

WITH SIGNING DAY fast approaching on Feb. 4, the final off campus visits with prospective student athletes take place this week and Paul Wulff and the Cougar coaching staff look to be burning up the miles and hitting the living rooms. One defensive tackle prospect on the Cougar radar had an in-home with Wulff and Chris Ball last night.

Defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe burst onto the recruiting scene late, with Washington State, Oregon, Boise State and others all charging after the 6-4, 295-pounder. Originally from The Netherlands, he spent his first year playing American football at Boise High.

Tjong-A-Tjoe took his third official visit this weekend to BSU -- and he also had an in-home Sunday with Paul Wulff. He's now visited officially Washington State, UO and BSU.

The trip to BSU, Tjong-A-Tjoe said, went very well though it didn't bring his ultimate college destination into any sharper focus.

"I kind of got confused more," said Tjong-A-Tjoe.

WASHINGTON STATE WAS by for an in-home visit on Sunday night with Wazzu head man Paul Wulff and co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball coming by for some face time.

"We talked about 45 minutes or so...it was good to hear what (WSU said) again," said Tjong-A-Tjoe.

Tjong-A-Tjoe said BSU is scheduled to come by Wednesday, Oregon on Thursday.

You can never tell about recruiting, things can go 180 degrees from virtually one hour to the next, but this one has the look of a commitment that could go undecided all the way until Signing Day.

One reason Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe doesn't appear close to making a decision is because schools got in on him late. Washington State, Oregon and others didn't see tape of his junior year -- he doesn't have any having just come over to the U.S. for his senior season.

ANOTHER PAC-10 SCHOOL is now lurking and trying desperately to get Tjong-A-Tjoe to take another official visit this weekend, the last of the recruiting year before Signing Day on Feb. 4.

"The University of Washington wants me to come on an official visit this next weekend. I don't know if I will, I'm thinking about it," said Tjong-A-Tjoe, who said UW is scheduled to come by tomorrow for a sit down.

Tjong-A-Tjoe said with Washington State and UO, the high competition level in the Pac-10 is part of the draw. With BSU, the familiarity and close proximity is a selling point.

"It was a positive trip to Boise...We didn't break down film but I talked a lot with the (coaches). I talked with coach (Pete) Kwiatkowski, I like him a lot. He doesn't talk too much but he seems like a cool dude," said Tjong-A-Tjoe.

Tjong-A-Tjoe was named 5A All-Idaho first team defense this season with 35 tackles -- nine for loss with two sacks -- plus forced four fumbles and had two fumble recoveries. For more on Tjong-A-Tjoe, see the CF.C article of Jan. 19.

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