Stewart – in it or not??? Plus a new LB verbal

Ok, new quick info.

1) Stewart has officially dropped UW from his final list. This comes as a huge surprise among UW faithful, as of last week he had UW as a strong #2.

2) Stewart still lists WSU in his final 3. Oregon, WSU and Tennessee, in that order, are the finalists.

3) Strong rumor is still that Stewart is headed to Eugene. However, there were many reports that he was thinking hard about Tennessee over the weekend. Apparently not only were the other players at the Army All-American bowl who had verballed to Stewart gave him the full-court press to come to Knoxville, but it was even the Moms and Dads that were on Stewart’s Mom! If you haven’t looked, Tennessee currently has the #1 rated recruiting class, at least close to #1 in many services.

4) Finally, saw the “old dawg” this weekend down in Palm Springs, who is about as strong a UW source as you can find. He told me straight-out that he hears WSU still has a tremendous chance to land Stewart and that up to the last minute, it’s between WSU and Oregon and he thinks it’s WSU with the slight lean. He said that again, Levy has done a great job on him and they aren’t letting up one bit.

So, maybe the reports of our demise in the sweepstakes have been exagerated a bit? Personally I think he goes to Oregon, and I’ll be pretty surprised if he lands in Pullman, but we’ll find out in just a few weeks.

Meanwhile we did beat out the Ducks on another player, landing a big-framed linebacker. Sounds like a future MLB or possible D-end? A tackling machine that is big and has a 3.2 GPA with qualified SAT score. I like it!

Check it out:

Lamar Brumfield, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker out of Carson, Calif., gave his oral commitment to the Cougs this weekend during his official visit.

Brumfield told his trip to Pullman was fantastic. He told head coach Bill Doba Sunday morning that he wanted to be a Coug.

“I told the head coach,” said Brumfield. “So then all the coaches knew right after that because we were all at breakfast. They were all excited.”

With Brumfield in the fold, the Cougars have approximately five slots left to fill in their 2005 class. Letters of intent will be signed in three weeks.

Brumfield’s host on the official trip was his former Carson teammate and Cougar running back Kevin McCall.

“He’s real cool. Everybody there was like a family that grew up together,” Brumfield said.

Brumfield plans to major in broadcasting and said the academics at Washington State — home to the renowned Edward R. Murrow School of Communications — were a key factor in his decision.

“They have one of the best (communications) schools in the nation. The coaching staff was real close — so that sold me too.”

BRUMFIELD CHOSE WASHINGTON STATE over his other finalist, Oregon. He also received interest from USC and Washington and others. Brumfield has cancelled his scheduled visit to Eugene that was to have taken place this upcoming weekend.

Brumfield racked up 103 tackles for Carson this past season. He also scored a touchdown on defense, had two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two sacks in 2004.

Over the last two years, he has been a tackling machine, recording nearly 200 stops.

Brumfield has a good burst off the snap, showing a real ability this season to play sideline to sideline and provide stout coverage against the pass.

Academically, Brumfield carries a GPA of 3.2 and has achieved a qualifying score on the SAT.

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