Washington State continues to add to its already impressive stable of play makers with former Boise State running back Aaron Baltazar will be transferring to Pullman. The move was first reported by Keenan Bowen of Coug247.com and has been confirmed by the school.
Baltazar played as a true freshman last year and will sit out the 2014 season per NCAA transfer rules and be eligible for three seasons beginning in 2015.
In his first season of college ball, Baltazar carried the ball 50 times, amassing 234 yards (4.7 yards/carry) and two touchdowns in just five games before tearing his ACL. He also caught five passes for 18 yards.
What might be the most impressive thing about this is who Baltazar chose WSU over. He decided on Pullman after a recent visit but was also looking into Oregon State, USC and UCLA. That's quite the battle to win for an excellent athlete who was recruited by UCLA, Washington, San Diego State, Cincinnati and Boise State out of high school in Chula Vista, Calif.
As to whether Mike Leach plans to use Baltazar at H or in the backfield remains to be seen. We'll probably find out once he enrolls this fall but my guess would be if he has decent hands, he'll end up in the slot with the relative log jam at running back and some of the depth at receiver graduating after this season.