The Cougars reeled in their second signing from San Jose’s Valley Christian today as rush linebacker RJ Stone joined Dangelo McKenzie in signing with WSU.
The three-star athlete officially signed his letter of intent Wednesday after committing to the Cougars just a couple weeks ago while taking an official visit with teammate McKenzie.
He committed to WSU and uber-recruiter Jim Mastro over offers from Arizona State, Oregon State and Utah. He is a composite three star recruit by 247sports.com and ranks as the 90th best prospect in the state of California and the 50th best strongside defensive end nationally.
Stone recorded 55 tackles and 7 1⁄2 sacks with an interception and 4 fumble recoveries his senior year for Valley Christian.
Though listed as defensive end Stone’s 6-foot-4 215 pound frame has rush linebacker written all over it. He should be nice addition for defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and position coach Roy Manning.
Stone lined up as a stand-up defensive end, operating mostly as an edge defender. He shows good burst at the line, quickly closing space to the point of attack. He has an array of pass-rushing techniques that are ahead of the curve for a high school defender. Very good at keeping blockers’ hands out of the frame of his body. Tackles well on the interior, and has enough speed to hold the edge. Projects to be a RUSH linebacker. Will need to show he can play through bigger offensive linemen.
247 Sports- ★★★
Hometown-San Jose, CA