Following a long-time tradition going back to the Mike Price era, WSU has grabbed an athletic and speedy outside linebacker/nickel in Cole Dubuts out of Murrieta, California.
Dubots, a running back whom WSU plans on converting to defense, wrapped up his recruitment Wednesday by officially signing his national letter of intent. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete committed while on an official visit in December.
“Little Doobie” (as he likes to be called according to his twitter page) received an offer from WSU in the summer and committed to the Cougars over offers from Oregon State, Utah State, Northern Arizona, and Idaho State. Dubots’ primary recruiter is linebackers coach Ken Wilson, who is responsible for some of the best recruits coming to Pullman over the last few years.
Dubots is a composite three-star recruit by the recruiting services and is considered the No. 69 running back in the country and the 107th best player in the state of California by 247sports.com.
Dubots rushed for 635 yards while averaging 8.2 yards per carry as senior. He is also an accomplished track athlete clocking a 10.44 100 meters. Scout.com called him “one of the most explosive athletes in the west region” and his athleticism and speed make him a very intriguing convert to the defensive side of the ball. He fits in the “speed defense” philosophy that coordinator Alex Grinch is always preaching.
Dubots is a likely redshirt candidate as freshman as he gets acclimated to playing defense and puts on some more weight.
Most of Dubots’ video cut-ups highlight him as a running back, but we’re fairly certain he’ll play linebacker at Washington State. This continues Coach Ken Wilson and Defensive Coordinator Alex Grinch’s lean toward speed on defense. Dubots has good straight line speed and an aggressive running style; he seeks contact and finishes runs well. He has good footwork in the hole and above average balance as a ball-carrier. His skillset translates very nicely to the hybrid SS/OLB/Nickel position Parker Henry and Issac Dotson have played the past couple years.
- Brian Anderson