The Washington State Cougars added yet another dynamic piece to their 2016 recruiting haul on Friday evening as San Diego, Calif., receiver Dezmon Patmon announced on KUSI-TV he would be continuing his football career on the Palouse.
"The college I will be attending, continuing my education and taking my talents to is Washington State University," Patmon said as he donned a Washington State visor. "You gotta go up there to experience [Washington State] because it's night and day compared to San Diego. It's a nice little college town."
As for his fit on the football field? Patmon was pretty giddy about the prospects of playing in Mike Leach's offense.
"Coach Leach's offense and the Air Raid, I mean, it's called the Air Raid for a reason," Patmon said. "What better place to go for a wide receiver or quarterback?"
The three-star receiver, who picked the Cougs over Boise State and San Diego State, is listed at a legit 6-foot-4, 200-pounds and also held offers from Cal, Colorado, Colorado State, San Jose State, UNLV and Utah State. Patmon, accompanied by his parents, took an official visit to Washington State two weeks ago. He also visited Boise State.
Each recruiting service rates Patmon as a three-star propsect, while Scout ranks him the No. 78 prospect in California and the No. 15 wide receiver in the West (No. 12 in California). As a junior and senior, Patmon hauled in 96 catches for 1,542 yards and 19 touchdowns. He intercepted five passes in nine games as a senior from the safety spot.
Very much like recent pledge Isaiah Johnson, Patmon has a rare blend of size, speed and soft hands. He's somewhat of a raw route-runner (based on the highlights available), but what's most impressive is his ability to absorb contact and adjust his body in the air. Even the most physical corners don't stand much of a chance in one-on-one coverage.
The San Diego product is the sixth receiver to commit to Washington State this cycle, joining Johnson, Renard Bell, Stephen Houston, Grant Porter and Josiah Westbrook. Five of the six receivers are above 6-1 while Bell, an inside guy, is an explosive playmaker in all phases.
With Patmon in the fold, the Cougars now hold 25 verbal commits and one signee, putting them over the limit of 25. Clearly, some moves will be made over the next month or so to get that number to 25, but they're still in on several big recruits and shuffling should be expected.
Overall, it's yet another extremely good addition as Patmon has a ton of upside down the road. (Also, the Cougars are one-for-one in hat ceremonies this season, so cheers to that.)