Recruiting Roundup 1/20

TALK ABOUT THINGS coming full circle. We kicked off our 2003 recruiting coverage back in May with news of WSU's unprecedented offer of scholarships to seven players from one school (Long Beach Poly) in one day. Now, with letter of intent signing day just 16 days away, crimson eyes are again focusing on the Southern California port city.

Foremost in that gaze is Brian Paysinger, a 6-2, 190-pound receiver with 4.4 speed from Long Beach's Wilson High. His coach told on Friday that the lad has narrowed his list to WSU and Oregon, but the Ducks are believed to have the edge.

A tremendous athlete, he caught 58 balls for more than 1,000 yards this past season. He also excells in track.

Another Long Beach prospect who would seem more intriguing than ever to WSU is Long Beach Poly quarterback Leon Jackson (6-0, 176). He was one of the seven athletes the Cougars offered in May, but now that Carl Bonnell has left Pullman the Cougars are much more in need of a QB in this class than they were a month ago.

WSU and Kansas were early suitors for Jackson, but Washington and others quickly followed. No word of late on who's seriously looking at him and vice versa, or what his academic situation is, but he Jackson may be worth a flier even though he started just one season at QB. As he showed at the Nike Camp in Los Angeles last year, he's a great athlete with a strong arm, quick release and swift feet.

Another QB the Cougars like is Bobby George (6-0, 185) from Jason Gesser's alma mater, St. Louis High in Honolulu. WSU has invited him to walk on. So has Colorado. And Washington is lurking, according to

Another St. Louis High prospect -- speed-merchant receiver/DB Jason Rivers (6-2, 185) -- whom the Cougars thought they had a great shot at nabbing is reported in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin as having cast his lot with the hometown University of Hawaii.

That news further enhances the crimson view of Hussain Abdullah, a standout cornerback from Pomona whose brother Hamza Abdullah is a Cougar DB. Hussain tripped to Arizona State over the weekend and very much liked what he saw. But he's not going to make a decision until after visiting Kansas and WSU over the next two weekends, he told

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