Christmas comes early for the Cougars: How and why coveted RB Max Borghi chose WSU over Stanford

WSU beats Stanford for the signature of Max Borghi, and its a huge coup for the Cougars. Here’s the inside story on how the last three days unfolded for Borghi and WSU running backs coach Jim Mastro.

Washington State put a flourish on an already impressive 2018 signing class Friday morning, when Max Borghi, the coveted tailback from Pomona (Colo.) High, signed a national letter-of-intent to play for the Cougars.

Borghi announced his signing via Twitter, tweeting a photo of himself decked in Cougars’ gear, signing his letter-of-intent while surrounded by all the mail WSU had sent him during the recruiting process.

“Thank you for everyone who gave me the opportunity to play ball,” Borghi said in his tweet. “It’s official, I’ll be up in January and rocking jersey No. 21. Go Cougs.”

Borghi picked the Cougars despite a strong late push from Stanford, the school he’d wanted to play for since the age of 9. His signing put an end to a stressful 48 hours that began on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period. And his addition gives the Cougars a huge boost in what was already shaping up to be the best signing class of the Mike Leach era.

Pac-12 recruiting rankings

Team,24/7 Sports,Rivals
Arizona State,72,78
Oregon State,87,92
Washington State,38,31

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WSU signed 18 recruits that day, but Borghi wasn’t one of them. Instead, the tailback agonized over his decision and told WSU running backs coach Jim Mastro that he needed more time to think things through.

“It was a crazy couple of days,” Borghi said in an interview Friday morning. “Stanford offered me a while ago, and it’s been on my head for a while. That was truly my dream school growing up. But the relationship I had with coach Leach and coach Mastro and the WSU staff…

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