BREAKING: Cougs land 3-star playmaker

SOMETIMES THE RIGHT decision just hits you during the recruiting process, the time feels absolutely right and there's just no reason to delay. That was the sentiment expressed by the latest 3-star prospect to pledge crimson. He becomes the 12th known pledge in Paul Wulff's 2010 class -- and the fourth to have verbally committed from Wazzu's first official visit weekend.

Bobby Ratliff (6-2, 180) wanted to take some time to think it over following his official visit to Washington State earlier this month. Sitting down with his parents and going over all the pluses, he realized it was time.

"It was the conversation I had with my mom and my dad," said Ratliff, ranked among the Top 100 wide receivers nationally. "It just hit me when we were talking about it -- I just thought it would be the place for me.

"The (WSU players and coaches) really believe Washington State is on the rise and I want to be part of that."

Ratliff, out of Etiwanda, Calif., about 45 minutes East of Los Angeles, becomes the 12th known verbal in Washington State's 2010 class. The others are DB Tyrone Duckett, ATH Deone Bucannon, TE Asante Cleveland, WR Blair Bomber, ATH Brandon Golden, QB Connor Halliday, TE Aaron Dunn, DE/OL Jake Rodgers, OT John Fullington, cornerback Matt Simmons and DB Damante Horton.

"The thing about Ratliff that stands out the most to me is how crisp his routes are," said Brandon Huffman, West Manager. "His former Etiwanda High teammate, Marvin Jones, who's now at Cal, was very precise in his routes, and that's the best comparison between Ratliff and Jones -- that Ratliff runs his routes exactly how quarterbacks want him to. He's also got nice, soft hands and he does a good job of catching the ball with his hands more than his body."

RATLIFF CALLED UP area recruiter Malik Roberson today and told him he was Pullman-bound, and the phone quickly got passed around to head man Paul Wulff and receivers coach Mike Levenseller.

"I told them I had good news, that I was committing to Washington State. I heard in the background a 'YEAH BOBBY!'... It was everything -- the coaches, how close the coaches and the players were, the college town, I just really liked all of it," said Ratliff.

RATLIFF HAULED IN 45 receptions for 617 yards with five touchdowns as a junior. He also added two more on offense, one running and one passing. Defensively, had 18 tackles and two picks.

Ratilff is on pace in '09 to easily eclipse his offensive marks -- he had 13 receptions for 126 yards in last week's game alone. For the season, through three games, Ratliff has 20 catches for 227 yards with a pair of TDs.

THE CHANCE TO tutor under Levenseller was also a big factor in his decision to go crimson, said Ratliff.

"He's really experienced, he's been in the same program for 18 years and I really liked that. I really think I can learn a lot from him," said Ratliff.

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