You wanted in-state recruiting? You got your in-state recruiting. Eric Mele has landed yet another talented prospect from the Evergreen State as Renton, Wash. defensive end Joe Tryon has committed to Washington State, as first reported by Cougfan.com.
— 6ft yeet 4️⃣1️⃣ (@joe_tryon) August 5, 2016
The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder, who took an unofficial visit to the Palouse two weeks ago, picked the Cougars over an offer from Eastern Washington, though several schools, including Oregon and Washington, have been expressing extensive interest as of late.
Though Tryon has flown under the radar thus far in his recruitment, he's a three-star prospect according to the 24/7 Sports Composite, who ranks him the No. 72 strongside defensive end in the country. Scout.com, however, ranks the Hazen High School standout the No. 25 defensive end in the West and No. 3 overall end prospect in the state.
Quite literally, Tryon is an athletic freak. He flies around the field and absolutely dominates opposing linemen on his way to the quarterback. He already has Division-I size and could play a number of rush positions in Grinch's defense. As a junior, Tryon racked up 82 tackles and four sacks.
With Tryon in the fold, Washington State now holds 15 verbal commits in the 2017 recruiting class, three of whom hail from Washington. The job Eric Mele is doing in the Northwest has been one of the biggest stories of the current recruiting cycle, and there's several more uncommitted prospects Mele leads the point on that could be close to pulling the trigger.
— Eric Mele (@CoachMeleWSU) August 5, 2016