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Cougars get coveted running back Max Borghi for recruiting class of 2018

WSU players run into Martin Stadium in Pullman carrying flags for their game against Stanford, Oct. 15, 2011. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)
WSU players run into Martin Stadium in Pullman carrying flags for their game against Stanford, Oct. 15, 2011. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)
By Stefanie Loh Seattle Times

Washington State scored a big recruiting victory when Max Borghi, the best prep running back in the state of Colorado, flipped his commitment from Colorado to WSU.

Borghi, a 5-foot-10, 195 pound prospect from Pomona High (Arvada, Colo.), announced his commitment on Twitter on Thursday night, thanking Colorado coach Mike McIntyre for recruiting him, but declaring, “I am looking forward to repping the crimson and gray.”

“A huge thanks to coach (Mike) Leach and (Jim) Mastro for this opportunity and for truly believing in my skill set,” Borghi wrote, adding at the end of his tweet that he was not doing any interviews.

Borghi is a perfect fit for the Cougars’ offense, which prizes multi-talented running backs over pure battering rams. He’s speedy and versatile, and has receiver skills to go with his rushing abilities. He rushed for 824 yards and 15 touchdowns and caught 39 passes for 495 yards and five touchdowns last season, according to the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Ryan Casey.

Borghi also ran track in high school, finishing second in the state 100m race in his sophomore year. He missed his junior season of track after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee in a state football quarterfinal game against Columbine.

Scout.com rates Borghi a three-star prospect and has him ranked the No. 1 running back in Colorado and the No. 10 running back in the West.

Borghi originally committed to Colorado in February. He also had offers from Cal, Colorado State, Utah, Kansas State and Air Force.

Borghi is the first running back to commit to WSU as part of the 2018 recruiting class.

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