Washington State bolstered their 2017 recruiting class yet again today as Lamonte McDougle, a defensive tackle prospect from Delray Beach, Fla., became the second prospect of the day and third this week to verbally commit to play for the Cougs.
McDougle, who announced his commitment on Twitter late Saturday evening, is rated three-stars by the 24/7 Sports Composite and committed to WSU over offers from Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee, West Virginia and many others.
“First, I would like to thank God and my family,” McDougle tweeted. “I know I couldn’t have achieved the things I have, and will, without them. Secondly, I would like to thank all the coaches that have helped develop [my] game and push me to be the best.
“Lastly, I would like to thank the programs that believed in my abilities enough to offer me a scholarship to play for their universities. But, after praying on it and discussing it with my family, I have decided to commit to spending the next 3 to 4 years at Washington State University.”
The 6-foot-1, 295-pounder is ranked the No. 74 overall defensive tackle in the 2017 class by 24/7 Sports, while Rivals ranks him No. 44 and Scout at No. 74. Explosive and extremely athletic for a prospect his size, McDougle could play either nose or tackle in Alex Grinch’s defense.
"McDougle has really fast, active hands and quick feet,” CougCenter’s Brian Anderson says. “He has pretty good traits for an interior D-lineman. He shows off the speed and power to split or take on -- and actually push 5 yards back -- a double team.
“He's really explosive off the line, primarily lining up at nose tackle and wrecking enough havoc to fill nine minutes of highlights. He plays with a real aggression, a high intensity, high energy, can't-stop-me attitude that can be very contagious on a defense. It’s not surprising he calls himself "savage" and has The Incredible Hulk as a Twitter avatar."
McDougle, who was offered just two months ago, committed sight unseen and was recruited by a number of Washington State coaches, though Mike Leach and Joe Salave’a have played a primary role in his recruitment.
As mentioned by Cougfan.com ($), Leach coached McDougle’s father, Stockar, a former first-round NFL Draft pick as an offensive tackle, while offensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 1999.
This commitment continues a developing pipeline to the Sunshine State, which has produced running back Keith Harrington, linebacker Paris Taylor (transfer), wide receivers Ky Priester (transfer), Tavares Martin Jr., and Isaiah Johnson, and quarterback Peyton Bender in recent recruiting classes. WSU is also receiving high interest from Neptune Beach, Fla. cornerback Zaire Webb in the current recruiting cycle.
With McDougle in the fold, the Cougars have now secured nine verbal commitments in the 2017 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 51 in the country by the 24/7 Sports Composite. Their 85.38 average prospect rating is No. 7 in the Pac-12.