BREAKING: Cougs land hard-hitting Floridian

THE FLORIDA PIPELINE to Washington State has officially been turned on by Paul Wulff. With a group of prospects up from Florida and unofficially visiting Washington State this weekend, it wouldn't have been a complete surprise if one or more of them verballed. But here's the thing, the newest member of the Cougar family isn't one of the WSU offerees in town this weekend from the Sunshine State..

Sure-tackling cornerback Spencer Waseem out of Apopka, Florida, about 15 minutes outside Orlando, has gone crimson.

Waseem (5-10, 170, 4.47) says Paul Wulff and the WSU coaching staff were the big reasons why.

"I haven't been there yet but I know it's a great school," said Waseem. "They're an up and coming football program and they have a young team. The coaches are really, really good. That was really the main point -- I like the coaches."

"Chris Ball, the DBs coach and defensive coordinator, and the head coach -- the head coach is really good. I only talked to the head coach one time but out of that one time, I was sure he was a really good person and a great coach. And coach Ball, we've been talking back and forth and I really like him, too."

THE SCOOP ON Waseem -- a big hitter and great tackler who also has great speed, including the make-up kind.

The Orlando Sentinel raves; "as tacklers go, there aren't many better, especially in Central Florida."

WASEEM, WHO PLANS on an unofficial visit to Washington State in early August, chose the Cougs over offers from Marshall and Colorado State, with increasing interest from Tennessee, South Florida, Louisville, Miami and others. WSU was the first to offer.

Verified, official stats weren't available at press time but one media source reported Waseem had 41 tackles with three pass breakups and an interception as a junior.

He was named to the Sentinel's 2011 Central Florida Super60, checking in post-spring at a tie for No. 44 on the list.

"I appreciate everything my dad and all my coaches did down here to get me to this place. And I appreciate the Washington State coaches for offering me," said Waseem.

WASEEM BECOMES THE SEVENTH known verbal commitment in Washington State's 2011 class, joining DT David Davis, RB/LB Chester Sua, LB/DE Logan Mayes, S Max Gama, TE Max Hersey and RB Bishop Sankey.

Washington State has eight known offers out to prospects from Florida this recruiting class.

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