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WSU recruiting: Defensive lineman Hunter Mattox flips from OSU

Washington State benefits from Mike Riley's departure for the second time in as many weeks.

Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Usually when a coache leaves or gets fired, you can expect a few committed recruits to follow suit and end up elsewhere.  For the second time since Mike Riley left for Nebraska, Washington State has poached an Oregon State commit. Last week, it was junior college defensive back Treshon Broughton; this week it's three-star defensive end Hunter Mattox out of Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, California.

CougFan.com was the first to report the news. Mattox also had an offer from Fresno State.

This continues quite a run of defensive commits with three Riverside City College lineman and linebackers committing last week as well. Keep in mind these players are committing to WSU without knowing who the next defensive coordinator will be so some heavy recruiting lifting is being done by the coaching staff.

In my incredibly unprofessional opinion, Mattox seems to shed blocks nicely and his speed is pretty deceiving for a 6-foot-4, 255-pound guy. His tackles are, well, violent. Not on Fotu Leiato levels (obviously), but he makes sure the ball carrier is on the turf.

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