Washington State’s first big surprise of the day was actually the first fax the staff received early Wednesday morning as Kendrick Catis, a junior college inside linebacker, became the first player to officially sign with the Cougs during the early signing period.
Catis, who is listed at 6-foot-1, 228-pounds, is rated three-stars by the 24/7 Sports Composite and ranked the No. 4 overall inside linebacker in the junior college ranks. The Highlands C.C. product is also ranked the No. 131 junior college player overall.
The WSU coaching staff has been after Catis for quite some time. Despite an early commitment to Arizona State back in September, WSU continued to recruit the speedy linebacker, which resulted in an official visit two weekends ago. Following that visit, Catis de-committed from the Arizona State program, opening the door for the Cougs.
In addition to WSU and ASU, Catis held offers from Louisville, Colorado State and others. Through 10 games, Catis recorded 70 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 pick and 1 forced fumble.
Catis is a very instinctual defensive player. He diagnoses plays and reacts quickly, and couples that with above average speed that allows him to be a sideline-to-sideline defender. He is a perfect fit for #SpeedD, and even brings with him the sort of size that linebackers in “typical” defenses have. Attacks well in space and chases down outside screens well. Catis has the ability to situationally cover inside receivers and the size to handle tight ends. Tends to short-arm tackles a bit when attacking head-on. Projects to middle linebacker, but could also handle the weakside assignment.
Rivals — ★★★
247 Sports — ★★★
ESPN — ★★★
Position — LB
Hometown — Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Height — 6-foot-1
Weight — 228-pounds