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Washington State football lands pair of commitments before the Apple Cup

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The Cougs may have finally found their defensive tackle of the future

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Washington State’s coaches made effective use of their bye week and secured a pair of commitments from recruits. This week, defensive tackle Jonathan Lolohea and wide receiver Kassidy Woods both announced their decisions to be apart of WSU’s 2018 recruiting class.

In terms of positional scarcity, Lolohea is the more exciting recruit among the two. Both nose tackles listed on the depth chart are seniors and there isn’t an obvious replacement for Daniel Ekuale on the roster. At 6’3 and 310 pounds Lolohea has the size to play the position and could slide into a starting role in 2018.

Lolohea is a three star Juco product from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. Originally from Hawaii, Lolohea was an academic non-qualifier out of high school and also spent a year at Los Angeles Valley College. He plans on enrolling in January and will have three years to play two.

The defensive tackle was a sought after recruit and has offers from a number of power five schools. Before choosing WSU, Lolohea was reportedly also considering Boise State and Kansas State. He committed Wednesday when he was in Pullman on an official visit.

Woods was the sixth receiver to commit to WSU so far this cycle. At 6’2 and 200 pounds the Addison, Texas product profiles as an outside receiver in the Air Raid. He holds offers from Nebraska, Iowa State, SMU, and UT-San Antonio.

Woods is a three star recruit according to the 247sports composite rankings, but ESPN has him tabbed as a four star and the second highest rated player in WSU’s 2018 class. In 10 games as a junior he had 844 yards receiving to go with seven touchdowns. His numbers are a bit down this year but Woods has managed to rack up 488 yards through the air and five touchdowns.

I’ve embedded both recruits highlights below. The Cougs class was ranked 36th in the country and fifth in the conference at the writing of this post.

Woods:

Lolohea:

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Football:

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Basketball:

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