BREAKING: New Coug has message for CougFans

No. 7 IN LEACH'S 2014 CLASS

HE'S A 6-FOOT-1 CORNERBACK who has long been a fan of Washington State. He took an unofficial visit to the Palouse recently and almost committed during his trip but decided to wait -- though he didn't wait long. On Tuesday night, he went crimson. CF.C talked to the newest member of Mike Leach's 2014 class -- and he had a message for Cougar Nation...

Kevin Griffin is headed to Washington State.

The cornerback position by its nature requires a confident player. The Concord, Calif. product didn't disappoint in that area on the night of his verbal commitment to Washington State.

"I want to tell the fans that they'll have a lockdown corner coming to Pullman," Griffin said. "Go Cougs!

Kevin Griffin Highlights:

"I'm very relieved right now. I really like Washington State and I've been thinking about it for a while. I felt like it was time to make the decision and I'm here with my family right now and it's a very exciting time for us."

Griffin becomes the seventh known verbal for the Cougs, joining WR Calvin Green, WR Keith Harrington, WR Zaire Andre, LB Greg Hoyd, NT/DE Marcus Griffin and QB Peyton Bender.

Griffin spoke with area recruiter Eric Russell and head man Mike Leach to deliver the big news.

"Oh man, they were very excited," Griffin said. "They told me they really like me as a player and as a person and that they think I can do some big things up at Washington State with them. I think I can go up there and play early and I'm very excited to have this opportunity to play for the Cougars.

"The coaches were yelling on the phone when I told them, (laughs)."

GRIFFIN TOOK AN unofficial visit to the Palouse earlier this month and nearly pulled the trigger. He said at the time that he wanted to wait. But on Tuesday evening, something just felt right.

"I got that gut feeling," Griffin said. "Wazzu has been in my head since I took my trip there about three weeks ago. The campus was beautiful and to be honest, I didn't expect WSU to be that nice, but the trip really opened my eyes. I thought it would be a boring college town, but the whole community supports the sports programs and the students. The facilities they're building are awesome too. I liked the old ones they have, which means I'll love the new ones."

A PAIR OF current players also made an impact on Griffin when he took his trip, which he said still stuck out to him when he made his decision.

"When I was there, I talked with Jeremiah Allison and we spent a lot of time together," Griffin said. "He's from Los Angeles and he said moving out there was a great fit because he can focus on school and football. He told me it's hard to get in trouble out there and he loved it. I knew Rickey Galvin too and he told me it was the best decision of his life."

The 6-1, 180-pounder chose Washington State over an offer from Montana, along with interest from several other Pac-12 schools including Cal, UCLA, Arizona State and USC.

"A lot of other schools told me they were interested but wanted to wait and see me play in my first game of my senior year," Griffin said. "I knew I wanted to commit before the season and WSU didn't need to see me play again before offering. They saw something in me and that stuck out to me.

"I'm certain with this choice and I don't think I'll be decommiting if other offers come in. I want to focus on my season and my grades. I'll take care of that and be ready to go to WSU."

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