Cougs trolling for another Bass

WASHINGTON STATE'S quest for another one or two top-flight cornerback/receiver types to add to its upcoming class of recruits has taken a dramatic turn with the Cougars now very high on the list of a kid widely believed to be the fastest prep prospect in all of California.

Ray Bass (5-10, 170) of Centennial High in Corona --- clocked at a blazing 4.31 seconds at the Nike Camp in Los Angeles --- will be tripping to Pullman on January 24. With a late push, the Cougars edged past by Oregon, Colorado and Kansas into Bass' top five. His other leaders are Cal, Arizona, Colorado State, and Hawaii where his brother Mike plays running back for the Rainbow Warriors.

With good hands and an incredible vertical leap of 40.4 inches, Bass is rated one of the top 150 receiving prospects in the nation. But he's being recruited as a cornerback by everyone. In helping Centennial capture the CIF championship this season, Bass posted 84 tackles and five INTs (two returned for TDs). He also scored twice on punt returns.

Another standout cornerback from California, Damon Jenkins (5-10, 175) of Concord, is set to trip to Pullman on January 31. Like Bass, Jenkins is a speed-merchant. He runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds. The Cougars are thought to be one of three schools on his short list. The others are USC, which he will visit this weekend, and Fresno State, which he visited last weekend. He's rated the 41st best corner prospect in the nation.

In addition, the Cougars are reported to be making serious overtures toward Hussain Abdullah, a 6-1, 190-pound corner/safety prospect from Pomona, Calif., who we think -- but have yet to confirm -- is the younger brother of Cougar defensive back Hamza Abdullah. Hussain came out of nowhere in 2002 to run some heads and earned CIF defensive player of the year honors in the process.

Along with Moreno Valley's Christian Bass (6-3, 210), who committed to the Cougars in the fall, Abdullah is rated by PacWestFootball as one of the top ten safety prospects in California.

Abdullah is tripping to Arizona State this weekend, Kansas next weekend and either New Mexico or WSU the following weekend.

Letter of intent signing day is Feb. 5.

Earlier this week, as reported on CF.C, the Cougars received a soft verbal commitment from cornerback/receiver Rudy Burgess, a 4.5 speedster from Edwards just north of Los Angeles. He's 5-11, 175.

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