The Washington State Cougars added some much needed talent to the defensive line today when junior college defensive end Garrett McBroom became the first member of the 2016 recruiting class to sign a letter of intent with the school.
McBroom, out of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, chose WSU over Purdue. He is rated a two-star prospect by Rivals, the only major scouting service to rate him. He will have two years to use two seasons of eligibility.
Defensive line is definitely a position of need for WSU, with starters Destiny Vaeao and Darryl Paulo graduating. McBroom is 6-foot-3 and 260(ish) pounds (depending on which scouting page you believe), which puts him at the right size to potentially earn time at the position vacated by Paulo, or even move inside if he bulks up a bit.
McBroom recorded 10 sacks in nine games last season, and also had a forced fumble.
With his LOI officially in, McBroom can enroll for spring semester and participate in spring drills. He joins high schoolers Justus Rogers and Jalen Thompson -- who signed financial aid agreements back in October -- as members of the 2016 class who will enroll early. Isaiah Johnson is also expected to enroll early, though he has yet to sign financial aid papers.
This brings the commitments in the class to 25. Taken literally, it would mean the class is full. But there is shuffling that can (and almost certainly will) take place between now and National Signing Day on February 3.