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WSU football recruiting: Georgia linebacker Willie Taylor III commits to Wazzu

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The 6-foot-4, 210-pound linebacker from Georgia is the fourth verbal commitment for WSU in the last three days.

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Rumblings on social media in recent days that Washington State had landed a verbal commitment from Willie Taylor III, a speedy linebacker prospect from Georgia, have now been confirmed, according to a report from Cougfan.com ($).

The Cochran, Ga. product posted on his Instagram account Sunday evening that he committed to Washington State while hosting outside linebackers coach Roy Manning for an in-home visit. It appears that Taylor III has not yet taken an official visit to WSU.

Listed at 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, Taylor is rated a two-star prospect by the 24/7 Sports Composite and ranked the No. 213 overall athlete in the 2017 recruiting class. He also held offers from Georgia State, Mercer and Stetson, so he’s definitely flown under the radar in a talent rich area.

As a senior, Taylor, lining up at safety and outside linebacker, racked up 86 tackles, four tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles and five interceptions, two of which he took to the house. He shows off good speed on film and absolutely blows up opposing ball carriers.

The Washington State 2017 recruiting class, now with four verbal commitments in the last three days, sits at 24 prospects either signed or committed, including three linebackers.

2017 WSU Football Commits

Letter Received? Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value Measurables (via Scout) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
Letter Received? Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value Measurables (via Scout) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
YES Isaiah Love CB ✯✯✯ 0.8218 5-11/165 8/24/2015 West Covina CA Link Greyshirted as a member of the '16 class.
NO Dontae Powell OL ✯✯✯ 0.8817 6-7/305 4/2/2016 Richland WA Link Ranked #6 OT prospect in West by Scout.
YES Connor Neville QB ✯✯✯ 0.8652 6-2/195 4/2/2016 Wilsonville OR Link Ranked #15 QB in country by Rivals.
YES George Hicks CB ✯✯✯ 0.8438 6-0/180 6/22/2016 San Bernardino CA Link Picked WSU over Boise State offer.
YES Alec Kuzmack OL ✯✯✯ 0.8394 6-5/285 7/11/2016 Eagle ID Link Top ranked offensive line prospect in ID.
YES Anthony White Jr. WR ✯✯✯ 0.8500 6-1/170 8/1/2016 Miami FL Link Ranked #6 ATH in FL by Scout.
YES Zaire Webb CB ✯✯✯ 0.8234 5-10/165 8/1/2016 Neptune Beach FL Link Webb will enroll early at WSU.
YES Abraham Lucas OL ✯✯✯ 0.8716 6-8/260 8/3/2016 Everett WA Link Ranked #3 OT in WA by Scout.
NO Kelle Sanders DE ✯✯✯ 0.8451 6-5/230 8/13/2016 Olympia WA Link Ranked #2 DE in WA by Scout.
YES Damion Lee S ✯✯✯ 0.8206 6-1/180 10/6/2016 Palm Springs CA Link One of the fastest 100m times in CA.
YES Faavae Faavae LB ✯✯✯ 0.8478 6-1/210 10/21/2016 Santa Ana CA Link Bouncing back from an ACL tear.
YES Josh Talbott S ✯✯✯ 0.8605 6-0/175 11/15/2016 Long Beach CA Link Ranked #7 safety in West by Scout.
YES Preston Hendry DE ✯✯✯ 0.8470 6-5/235 11/21/2016 Costa Mesa CA Link Rated #54 JUCO by Scout.
YES Sean Harper Jr. CB ✯✯✯ 0.8210 6-2/185 11/30/2016 Goodman MS Link Originally signed with WSU in 2015 class.
YES Cole Dubots LB ✯✯✯ 0.8273 6-1/185 12/11/2016 Murietta CA Link Speedy RB will play LB under Grinch.
YES Robert Valencia OL ✯✯✯ 0.8687 6-6/295 12/13/2016 San Francisco CA Link Rated 4-stars and #18 JUCO prospect by Scout.
YES Easop Winston WR ✯✯✯ 0.8458 5-11/185 12/13/2016 San Francisco CA Link Scored 24 TD in 2 years at CCSF.
YES Caleb Perry RB ✯✯✯ 0.8472 5-9/170 1/5/17 Seattle WA Link Rated #30 all-purpose back by 247.
YES Christian Mejia DE ✯✯✯ 0.8004 6-3/220 1/13/2017 Kailua HI Rated #13 prospect in Haiwaii by 247
YES Dominick Silvels DB ✯✯✯ 0.8306 6-3/190 1/17/17 San Diego CA Link Played at same school as Dezmon Patmon.
YES Dallas Hobbs DE ✯✯ 0.7930 6-6/240 1/21/2017 Cedar Rapids IA Link All-New England Defensive Player of the Year.
YES Devontavean Martin WR ✯✯✯ 0.8080 6-4/180 1/22/17 Houma LA Link Two-sport star previously committed to Toledo.
YES Willie Rodgers DE ✯✯✯ 0.8377 6-5/230 1/24/2017 Highlands Ranch CO Link Rated #13 DE in West by Scout.
YES Willie Taylor III LB ✯✯ 0.7692 6-4/210 1/24/2017 Cochran GA Link Rated #213 overall ATH by 247.
YES Jonathan Nathaniel OL ✯✯✯ 0.8496 6-4.5/250 1/29/17 Chandler AZ Link Chose WSU over Arizona
YES Travell Harris WR ✯✯ 0.7842 5-9/170 2/1/17 Tampa FL Link Averaged over 24 yards per touch as a senior
YES Jamire Calvin WR ✯✯✯✯ 0.8923 5-10/160 2/1/2017 Los Angeles CA Link Ranked #5 prospect in California by Scout.