Former 4 star linebacker recruit - Aaron Porter - who left UCLA earlier this year due to academic issues, is transferring to Washington State. The rumor had been circulating over the weekend, and it was finally confirmed by the folks at CougFan (WSU's scout site) [also a ht to BrendonBruin]:
"I just committed to Washington State, about 10 minutes ago," Porter told Cougfan.com.
What makes Porter different from your average junior college get is his extreme versatility. At 6-1, 235-pounds, he's certainly going to be someone WSU uses both off the edge and to stop the run.
But he can play all four Cougar linebacker positions - SAM, MIK, WIL and BUCK.
"I don't know if they know exactly where I'll fit in but they said I could play any of those spots," said Porter.
Porter specifically committed to Jim Mastro, a Mike Leach assistant, who used to coach in Rick Neuheisel's program in Westwood.
While Porter was a highly sought after recruit, his career as a LB never took off in Westwood. He was eventually transferred over to FB position, and wasn't able to climb up the depth-chart, as Jim Mora and staff, kept stocking up the Bruin roster with more blue-chip talent.
Porter eventually had to leave school due to academic issues and enroll in a community college. Hopefully this fresh-start with WSU will jump start his college career. Good luck to him.