BREAKING: Big, 6-3, 220-pound WR goes crimson

BREAKING: Big, 6-3, 220-pound WR goes crimson

HE'S AN uber-physical wide receiver from the JC ranks and his recruitment has skyrocketed this season after blowing up for 15 touchdowns through eight games. But the 6-3, 220-pound playmaker loves the direction the Cougar program is headed and tells CF.C he committed to Washington State on Thursday night.

Sierra College wide receiver Vince Mayle is a Coug.

"I committed to Washington State," Mayle told CF.C. "I like the system and I'm excited to be a Cougar. It's like a family vibe with the Cougars and I want to be a part of that."

The Rocklin, Calif. product scheduled his Nov. 23 visit to Pullman on Wednesday, but decided to also make the call to head coach Mike Leach and let him know he'll be taking his talents to the Palouse next season.

The three-star WR is in his first year playing junior college football, but has hauled 52 catches for 865 yards with 15 TDs in his first nine games this season.

In addition to Washington State, Mayle had offers from Arizona State, Kentucky, Nevada, Houston and West Virginia but said he is shutting down his recruitment and is cancelling his other scheduled official visits. Mayle was scheduled to visit West Virginia on Dec. 1 and Houston on Dec. 14, but said he would call the coaching staffs Friday morning to let them know he is Pullman-bound.

"I know that at Washington State I can come in and makes plays right away," Mayle said. "Other schools told me that too, but I just feel like I can make an impact and make a difference for the coaches at WSU. I want to come in there next season and be the best player I can be and live up to the coaches' expectations."

MAYLE ALSO CALLED WSU outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons to deliver the good news.

"He was so excited, he told me Christmas came early for him this year," Mayle said with a chuckle. "I've been talking with him a lot this week and we have a really good relationship with each other and that sticks out to me."

It's not just Simmons who Mayle has developed a bond with. Rather, it's the whole coaching staff and that made the sophomore wideout realize there was no point in prolonging his college decision.

"Just talking with all the coaches, it feels like a big family out there," Mayle said. "Other schools told me I had a scholarship offer but Washington State told me straight up everything they wanted from me and what I need to do in order to succeed. They didn't leave me wondering.

"Coach Leach told me he's excited for me to get to Pullman and catch some balls for him. He compares me to Michael Crabtree, but said I block better than him when he was at Texas Tech. That alone makes me excited to get to Pullman and play some football for him."

MAYLE WILL GRADUATE from Sierra in May and plans to move to Pullman, join the program and take summer school courses at Washington State prior to fall camp.

"I'm pretty excited about my decision to be a Coug right now," Mayle said. "It puts a smile on my face just thinking about getting to Pullman and I want to tell the fans I'm ready to put on a show."

Highlights

Mayle's week five highlights (four touchdowns)

CF.C's Joe Doyle contributed to this report.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Mayle is scheduled to take his official visit to Pullman for the Apple Cup on Nov. 23, but that date may be changed depending on how far Sierra makes it in the post season.

  • Before his 2012 gridiron campaign, he played hoops for a different college, took a year off to care for his ailing mother and sat out this past season at Sierra in order to get his academic house in order.

  • Mayle, who prepped at Inderkum High in Natoma, Calif., is big and physical but is also quite the athlete. Two years ago, at the Redding Hoops Fest, a friend talked him into taking the day off work and competing in the dunk competition. He won it.
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