BREAKING: Cougs land Cali yardage machine

IF YOU THOUGHT that Paul Wulff and Washington State were done recruiting for the 2009 class, think again. The latest addition to the Wazzu commit list had nearly 5,000 rushing yards over his prep career, picking up a slew of honors and accolades along the way. And he plans on getting to Washington State as soon as he can because in his words, "Washington State, it's in my heart."

"I'm a Cougar," Carl Winston (5-9, 205, 4.49) told CF.C on Monday night.

Winston rushed for 1,630 yards this season with 21 touchdowns via the ground. Also a very solid receiver out of the backfield, he had 25 catches for 356 yards and four more receiving TDs.

Over his prep career, Winston racked up 4,930 yards on the ground -- the book on Winston is a versatile back, one who is adept at making the first man miss.

With suitors such as Arizona State, Colorado and others, Winston said the Cougar coaching staff made the difference.

"The coaches, coach (Steve) Broussard, they made me feel really safe, I feel really comfortable about being a Cougar," said Winston.

Washington State now has two standouts from Gardena's Junipero Serra High -- Winston will be joining safety Anthony Carpenter in Wazzu's 2009 class.

"Going to Washington State, it just feels good. Washington State, it's in my heart," said Winston.

Winston said he won't be waiting for fall camp to arrive in Pullman. Instead, he intends to enroll in one of the summer school sessions at WSU and get an early start on his Cougar career.

"I want to get a fast start, I want to learn the system as quickly as possible and get ahead of the game," said Winston.

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