Darren Gardenhire took his official visit to Washington State this past weekend and there was a sense if things went well that he could end up committing.
The Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo three-star defensive back had a great time - and he's now in the Cougars' recruiting class.
For Gardenhire, one of the most important aspects of the trip was talking to the Washington State coaches about getting the opportunity to play early.
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It was a huge selling point since it was made clear to him that the Cougars need defensive backs and he could provide immediate assistance.
"When I went up there I saw the city and the town, the school and how I could go up there and make a big chance for myself," Gardenhire said. "I wouldn't be behind anybody and I would actually have a shot to compete.
"I would have the opportunity to take advantage and it would be all on me."
A bunch of his friends from the Los Angeles area attend Washington State and many of them have seen the field as freshmen. That means to Gardenhire that the Cougars' coaches back up their words and play the best players.
All Gardenhire said he's looking for is a shot.
"That's all you want," Gardenhire said. "They told me they put the best people on the field. They don't worry about what year you're in like some schools do. They're not going to just play somebody older than you that you're better than. I love that chance to compete."
A former San Jose State commitment, Gardenhire said he's pretty much done with the recruiting process. Unless something drastic happens, the Long Beach Cabrillo prospect doesn't see any changes coming to his recruitment. That means no more visits, too.
"I don't think I'm going to take any more as of right now," he said.