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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
LB Hoyd commits to Washington State

By Erik McKinney

Linebacker Greg Hoyd (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) didn't want to go into his senior season still swimming in the recruiting process. So after a weekend to think about it, Hoyd made his decision on Monday morning with a phone call to the Washington State coaching staff.

"I feel good," Hoyd said after committing to the Cougars. "It's a little weight off my shoulders. I can loosen up and have some fun out here. That's the best thing for me right now."

Hoyd and his Broncos teammates went through their first day of spring ball on Monday evening, but that had nothing to do with Hoyd's decision timeline.

"This weekend I was thinking about it," Hoyd said about committing. "Schools were showing interest, but slow-playing me. I can't really have that slow play going into my senior year. If you want to fight for me, I'll hear you out because it's still just a verbal commitment. But I like Washington State right now, so I'm a Coug."

Hoyd has yet to visit the Washington State campus, but said the Cougars coaches were relentless in their pursuit. The 6-foot-1, 191-pound outside linebacker also held offers from Duke, North Carolina State and Utah, among other programs. He hadn't planned to take any trips this summer, but the commitment altered that schedule.

"I wasn't going to take trips to schools because it's so expensive," he said. "But I told the coaches that I'd spend a little money to get up there this summer, and I'll take an official visit there as well."

Hoyd will continue to communicate with other schools, but reiterated that he is committed to Washington State.

As a junior, Hoyd recorded 81 tackles and two interceptions.