BREAKING: Cougs win Pac-10 battle for verbal

WHAT A HUGE night. He put up some crooked numbers on the gridiron -- 155 receiving yards, 3 TD's and for good measure, 2 INT's. But his monster performance on the field, that wasn't it. No, what made it such an evening to remember, he said, was because last night was when he made his college decision. And with offers from Arizona State and others in hand, he went crimson.

Paul Wulff last Sunday night made an off-hand mention that the Cougars had another commitment about ready to come on board.

An uber-athlete goes crimson..
WILSON IS A potential "X" receiver in the Cougars' offense -- his athleticism is off the charts. A three-sport star at Tulare Union High, "star" is the operative word.

As a junior, he was named the 2008-09 all-Tulare County high school athlete of the year by the Visalia Times-Delta --- after being named a first-team selection in three sports: football (for both offense and defense), basketball and track and field.

On the gridiron, Wilson hauled in a team-high 37 receptions for 836 yards (22.6 ypc) and led Tulare county with 17 touchdowns for the Central Section Division II champion (13-0) Redskins. Midway through this his junior year, Wilson also started lining up at corner and locked it down, with two interceptions and numerous pass break-ups.

On the basketball court, he was voted the East Yosemite League's Most Valuable Player, he led Tulare Union with 18 ppg, and was among the league leaders in both rebounding (7.1) and steals (2.8).

In track and field, Wilson ranked among Central Section leaders in the high, long and triple jumps and won league individual titles in all three.

His prep football coach has called him "probably the most talented athlete we've had in our program since I've been here." Not faint praise considering that since '95, Tulare Union under Darren Bennett has sent over a dozen players to D-I programs and one on to the NFL.

Friday night, 3-star WR Marquess Wilson (6-3, 170, 4.6) became the 15th known verbal commitment in Washington State's 2010 class.

"I still have to talk to coach (Todd) Sturdy tonight but I made my choice. I'm going to Washington State," said Wilson.

WILSON SAID WAZZU was more like a family than any other school in his orbit, and that was big in his decision.

"At Washington State, I know that it's going to be like it is down here (at Tulare)," said Wilson. "I'm going to have a big family there and I know they're going to take care of me.

"I think they're a growing program, and(still) I might be able to play as a true freshman but I'll have to work at it."

WILSON IS QUIET and humble on the phone, but his play on the field is loud and boisterous.

He's averaging this season two receiving touchdowns every Friday night against defenses designed to stop the wide receiver. In six games, he has 28 receptions for 604 yards (21.57 avg.) and 12 TD's.

You don't see a ton of high school receivers who average over 100 yards per game, high schools run more than they throw, but Wilson is right on that mark with four regular season games to go, at 100.7 hashes per.

TALK ABOUT AN unbelievably high visit-to commit ratio, Wilson is the seventh of eight prospects who tripped to Washington State on the first official visit weekend of the season to have verballed to Wulff.

Wilson said he and his parents had several discussions since his trip to the Palouse back on Sept. 6.

"In the conversations with me and my parents, they really felt like that was the right place for me," said Wilson.

Marquess Wilson profile and video

  • CF.C is also working to get a video interview with Wilson up later tonight.

  • Wilson's track exploits include personal bests of 6'8" in the high jump and 22'1" in the triple jump.

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