UPDATED: CF.C talks with future Coug LB

AARON PORTER

AARON PORTER WAS a highly versatile, 4-star linebacker prospect coming out of high school in the 2012 class and nearly flipped to WSU and Jim Mastro before sticking with UCLA. But he's since left Westwood and will play this season in the junior college ranks. And in 2015, he tells Cougfan.com, he's coming to Wazzu as part of Mike Leach's class.

Aaron Porter hails from La Habra High – the same school as Brett Bartolone. And in listening to Bartolone talk about Wazzu, Porter said he came to realize even more he wanted to give his verbal pledge this time around to WSU area recruiter Jim Mastro.

"I just committed to Washington State, about 10 minutes ago," Porter told Cougfan.com.

What makes Porter different from your average junior college get is his extreme versatility. At 6-1, 235-pounds, he's certainly going to be someone WSU uses both off the edge and to stop the run.

But he can play all four Cougar linebacker positions – SAM, MIK, WIL and BUCK.

"I don't know if they know exactly where I'll fit in but they said I could play any of those spots," said Porter.

PORTER SAID Mastro tried hard to get him to come to Washington State after the coach landed in Pullman. He also said his tight bond with Mastro ensured he wasn't going to pass a second time on joining him.

"Oh, he's my guy," said Porter. "I love Jim Mastro, he recruited me to go to UCLA, that was one of the reasons I went there. Then he went to Washington State and that broke my heart. But I'm back with him now."

And he'll be reunited with Bartolone as well.

"He's one of my best friends coming out of high school, he's excited I'm going there. And I'm excited and ready to start playing and competing at Washington State," said Porter.

AS PART OF the 2012 recruiting class, Porter was an elite prospect -- ranked the No. 11 middle linebacker nationally and a member of the Scout 300.

He started out at UCLA at the MIK before being moved to fullback. He redshirted his first season and then appeared in one game in 2013, needing to get his academics in order. He'll be at Cerritos College this season.

"I just felt like the coaching staff at Washington State was going to take care of me, and I like the position I'm going to play there," said Porter. "The like the way I play, with a high motor and always getting to the ball and how I come off the edge. And they like how I can stop the run, they think I'm a good run-stopper."

Porter said he's on pace to get his AA this December, which would allow him to enroll at WSU in January and go through spring ball. He will have 2-to-play-2 for the Cougs.

"I just have three more classes to get my AA," said Porter.

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