Peyton Bender, 2014 quarterback prospect from Cardinal Gibbons (Fla.) High School has become of the first commitment of the class for Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars, according to Britton Ransford of Rivals' Wazzu Watch. Recruiting quarterbacks is vital in the Air Raid system, so it should come as no surprise that the Cougs landed a signal caller so early in the process. Tyler Bruggman was an early commit in the 2013 class, as well.
Bender is currently unranked and unrated on both Scout and Rivals. That doesn't mean much at this point in the recruiting cycle, and he is sure to get evaluated now that he has committed to a Pac-12 program. Washington State handed Bender his first offer, and that was all he needed. Can you really blame someone when they have the chance to throw the ball 40 to 50 times a game?
The 6'1, 175-pound junior is scheduled to visit Pullman this weekend, 247 Sports reports. Luckily for the Cougs, Pullman's weather wasn't all that different from Fort Lauderdale's on Saturday.
We'll have more on his abilities later. For now, you can check out his thoughts on Twitter (but please don't interact with him, it's not NCAA-approved) at @Pbender4. Apparently he likes this generation's cartoons, but not it's tunes:
This is the greatest spongebob episode #bubblebowl— Peyton Bender (@Pbender4) February 14, 2013
The music of our generation sucks for the most part.— Peyton Bender (@Pbender4) February 11, 2013
And here are some highlights and workout video to make your own judgments: