Bellevue DL talks to CF.C about WSU verbal

ALL THE SIGNS pointed to Marcus Griffin, a proud member of the Bellevue High football dynasty, pledging allegiance to Washington State at some point -- the question was when. Late Saturday morning he made it official, contacting CF.C with the news that he had indeed verbally committed to the Cougs.

"I'm committed to Washington State University," Griffin texted CF.C's Braulio Perez this morning and touched base on the phone in the afternoon.

The 6-3, 280-pounder had two outstanding unofficial visits to WSU and was on the verge of committing right after the most recent of them. But he opted to let the idea sit for a bit and recently took an unofficial visit to Washington that he gave a so-so review.

That apparently was all he needed to pull the proverbial trigger for WSU.

"When I got back from Pullman, I talked with my parents and we decided to wait a little bit so I could check out some other programs," Griffin told CF.C. "We compared WSU to other schools, though, and there really is nothing like it. I wanted to commit on my trip, but my mom really wanted me to wait."

Griffin said his mom had seen all she needed to soon after, with Marcus' father, Chris, being the main reason why.

"He was the one who talked her into it," Griffin said with a laugh. "He has so much joy and love in his heart for Washington State and my mom said she has never seen him that excited about a school. That's really what won her over."

The Bellevue High product and California native contacted a pair of Cougar assistants this morning to deliver the good news.

"I called Coach Eric Russell, then Coach Joe Salave'a, to let them know I'm ready to be a Cougar," Griffin said. "They were really excited and they told me how they want me to be one of the guys who can help lead the class."

That leadership role is one that Griffin said he'll embrace and get to work on immediately.

"That's going to be my thing," Griffin said. "I'm going to start recruiting guys from all over the nation and have them join me in being a Coug. I want to share with them my experiences from Pullman and let them know how great everything is."

Griffin played both ways for Bellevue last season. He was a dominant center on the offensive line and earned second-team all-league honors for his work at defensive tackle.

He says WSU wants him for defense at either tackle or defensive end.

Griffin, who was offered by WSU in February, is the 37th-ranked DT in the land by Scout.com. He held early offers from Wyoming, Colorado State and Idaho in addition to Washington State. He was also receiving interest from Boise State, Cal, UW and Arizona State.

"Schools like South Florida, Arizona and Cal were getting ready to offer me, but right now, I'm focused on being a Coug and getting my future teammates there."

Griffin, who said he's relieved he can now focus on his senior season and help Bellevue win another state title, has a special message for Cougar Nation.

"I want to tell the fans to be ready because we're headed back to the top," Griffin said. "The future looks good and we'll be headed to the Rose Bowl soon!"

Griffin is the second known verbal commit in WSU's 2014 class, joining Florida quarterback Peyton Bender.

Marcus Griffin combine highlights:

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