Northwest Pac-10 recruiting battle for DE

AMONG THE AREAS of focus for the Cougs in the 2010 class -- the defensive line. One in-state DE prospect hasn't gotten as much as ink as some others at his spot, in part because he played on a .500 team. But anyone who earns the Defensive MVP award in the rough and tumble Narrows League merits special mention. He's deciding between a pair of Pac-10 offers, one of which is from Washington State.

It's come down to two for Tacoma's Scott Crichton.

"It's Wazzu and Oregon State," said Crichton (6-3, 225, 4.7).

The Foss High defensive end is eyeing upcoming in-home visits from both schools sometime in January, and he had an in-home with WSU area recruiter Mike Levenseller last month.

"They're (both) coming up pretty soon to talk about things. Coach Levy already visited with my mom. It went well, my mom really liked him and he explained everything really well to her and to me. It went really well," said Crichton.

CRICHTON WILL OFFICIALLY visit Oregon State on Jan. 16. He tripped to Washington State back in mid-November.

"My visit with Wazzu, it was a really good visit... For Oregon State, I'm looking to find out about the academics, environment and just how the players are," said Crichton.

CRICHTON TORE UP the Narrows this past season, racking up 78 solo tackles (total tackles number unavailable).

Named the Narrows' Defensive MVP, first team All-Area by the Tacoma News Tribune and first team AP All-State, he also broke up 10 passes, forced four fumbles and had one interception.

Praise for Chrichton is seemingly universal.

"Scott has all the physical tools and he just has great football instincts. He uses them, too. I don't think I've ever coached a kid who keeps his head in the game every minute and covers the whole field so relentlessly," Foss coach Ken Baker recently told The Tacoma Weekly. "He will be just as good at the next level."

Adds Don Clegg, head at Wilson High: "His range is what is so impressive. He'll make a play anywhere on the field."

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