Cody O'Connell, a consensus 3-star recruit and the No. 78 offensive tackle by 247sports has faxed in his letter of intent to Washington State on National Signing Day 2013. O'Connell, who played at Wenatchee (Wash.) High School chose WSU over Idaho, the other school that showed interest.
Mike Leach likes his offensive linemen big, and at 6-8 and 350 pounds, O'Connell certainly fits the bill. He gave WSU a verbal commitment on May 7, 2012. Despite suffering a knee injury that forced him to miss the majority of his senior season, O'Connell still garnered Class 4A All-State honors from the Associated Press.
When he was looking for a school, academics played a role.
"The school matters a lot. I will probably want to study engineering. So I will look at the school hard," he added.
There was speculation that the knee injury he suffered could cause WSU to cool on him as a prospect, but that wasn't the case, as O'Connell told Cougfan.com.
"We talked and Coach McGuire told me that Washington State was going to stick with my offer," O’Connell said. "He and the rest of the coaching staff have been really supportive of me -- and I told them that I’m going to work my butt off to come back from my injury and be a Cougar."
If you like watching a large young man maul other, smaller young man up and down the field, here's a link to O'Connell's Hudl highlights.