De La Salle High football player Kevin Griffin took an unofficial visit to Washington State three weeks ago. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound cornerback was so impressed that, after a talk with his family this past weekend and Cougars assistant head coach Eric Russell, Griffin decided Tuesday night to orally commit to Washington State.

"I really loved the campus, I loved the coaches and I loved the team," said Griffin, who will be a senior this fall for the Spartans. "I listened to my heart, and my heart told me it was the right time to make that decision."

Griffin said he was told by defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Mike Breske that he would have a good opportunity to start his freshman year at Washington State. Griffin was a second-team all-East Bay Athletic League pick at defensive back as a junior.

Griffin said that Cal, UCLA, Arizona State and Nevada all showed interest in him, but his mind is made up. "I'm sure that I will stay with Washington State," Griffin said. "I don't believe in de-committing."