Bucannon nixes ASU trip, '100 percent on WSU'

DEONE BUCANNON, WHO has racked up over 100 tackles each of the past two seasons and verballed to WSU earlier this year, had decided to take an official visit to ASU this weekend, plus possibly others down the road. But upon further reflection, he decided he's not taking the trip. In fact, he's not going anywhere -- other than to WSU next fall. What changed his mind?

Three conversations.

And then Deone Bucannon (6-1.5, 180, 4.58) came to his own decision -- no official visit to ASU this weekend, nor to anyone else.

"I'm not going. I went over it with my parents and I felt I shouldn't go on another trip -- I'm already committed. And I don't need to go on another trip because it's not going to change anything," said Bucannon, out of Fairfield, Calif.

WASHINGTON STATE, SAYS BUCANNON, likes him as a safety who will additionally roll up into the box at times. Amid reports that he was taking an official to ASU this weekend, he had a heart to heart over the phone with Paul Wulff yesterday.

And then another talk with the coach who has been running the recruiting point on him for Wazzu, co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach Chris Ball.

Those conversations, plus the talk with his parents, said Bucannon, served to remind him why he pledged crimson in the first place.

"I'm committed to Washington State," said Bucannon. " I talked (it over with) my parents, and I love what they're doing down there at WSU. (Other visits) would have been a waste of my time, it would have been a waste of their time also to go down there.

"I'm 100 percent on Washington State."

BUCANNON IS HAVING another tremendous season at Vanden High, about 45 minutes from both San Francisco and Sacramento.

He's already racked up 110 tackles and his year isn't over yet. He's also logged three interceptions, forced two fumbles and has two sacks.

Last season as a junior, he recorded 140 tackles plus three picks, two fumble recoveries and three sacks -- and was named City Defensive Player of the Year, all-CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, all-league, all-city and all-region.

He's already in '09 has been named the Solano County Athletic Conference defensive player of the year, for the second straight year. He and Vanden have a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff game tonight against Oakdale.

"I'm going to finish out this season... and then I'm looking forward to being a Washington State Cougar," said Bucannon.

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