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WSU lands three 2019 defensive commits on a busy Monday

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That’s now four commits within a 24 hours span, which is a lot.

NCAA Football: Oregon at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a busy, busy day for Jeff Phelps on the recruiting trail. Less than a day after Tyler Garay-Harris pledged crimson, two more defensive linemen ended their recruitment and given their verbal to the Washington State Cougars, as well as an outside linebacker. Not bad considering WSU started Sunday morning with zero defensive line commits.

We’ll start with the early afternoon and the commitment of Cosmas Kwete, a three-star lineman from Phoenix Central High School, first reported by Cougfan. Kwete’s story is a superb one: he and his brother both committed today (his brother is heading to play for the Massachusetts Minutemen); they both arrived in the United States from a Zimbabwe refugee camp and neither had been on a football field prior to three years ago.

Kwete is certainly raw, but at 6’3”, 220 pounds, the physical size is there. He has a lot of experience playing rugby.

Just a couple of hours later, the good news continued to roll in with the commitment of defensive tackle Nassir Sims, a three-star defensive tackle also out of the Phoenix area. Sims stands at 6-foot-1 and nearly 270 pounds.

Sims chose the Cougs over offers from several Power Five schools, including the Arizona Wildcats, Colorado Buffaloes, Oregon State Beavers and Syracuse Orange.

Lastly, another defensive tackle joined the party: Dejon Benton, a three-star recruit from Pittsburg, Calif., who made his official visit about five weeks ago, finally pulling the trigger and choosing WSU over Arizona.

One would presume both Sims and Benton are destined for a redshirt with Lamonte McDougle eligible to play next year, but you never know; WSU is incredibly thin on the defensive line already, and with Taylor Comfort, Logan Tago and Nick Begg graduating, there will be plenty of snaps available.

What a day! You deserve to celebrate, coach.

Here’s how the class now stands:

2019 WSU football recruiting commitments

Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value NLI received? Enrolled Early? Measurables (via 247) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value NLI received? Enrolled Early? Measurables (via 247) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
Travion Brown LB ✯✯✯ 0.8748 YES NO 6-3/215 10/2/18 Temecula CA Link Rated four stars by 247sports evaluators
Jamir Thomas RB ✯✯✯ 0.8676 YES NO 6-1/215 11/27/18 Massillon OH Link Ranked as a LB, converted to RB as a senior
Gunner Cruz QB ✯✯✯ 0.8607 YES YES 6-4.5/215 5/31/18 Queen Creek AZ Link Threw for 5700 yards and 70 TDs as soph/jr
Bryce Beekman DB ✯✯✯ 0.8582 YES YES 6-2/190 11/20/18 Yuma AZ Link Teammate of OL commit Dontae Powell
Jouvensly Bazile RB ✯✯✯ 0.8540 YES NO 5-10/180 6/28/18 Naples FL Link Has reportedly clocked 10.98 in 100 meters
Patrick Utschinski OL ✯✯✯ 0.8537 YES NO 6-7/280 9/10/18 Walla Walla WA Link Rated four stars by 247sports evaluators
Konner Gomness OL ✯✯✯ 0.8532 YES NO 6-4/270 9/29/18 Fresno CA Link Reported offer from Louisville and lots of midmajors
Billy Pospisil WR ✯✯✯ 0.8463 YES YES 5-11/190 2/16/18 Arvada CO Attends same high school as 2018 signee Max Borghi
Armauni Archie DB ✯✯✯ 0.8456 YES NO 6-1/175 10/12/18 El Cerrito CA Link Chose WSU over an offer from Nebraska
Derrick Langford DB ✯✯✯ 0.8448 YES YES 6-2/185 11/15/18 San Francisco CA Link Juco who has four to play three
Tyler Garay-Harris DL ✯✯✯ 0.8444 YES NO 6-5/230 11/4/18 Oakland CA Link Offers from Utah and ASU
Donovan Ollie WR ✯✯✯ 0.8431 YES NO 6-3/205 10/15/18 Wylie TX Link Chose WSU over Iowa State and Utah
Peni Naulu LB ✯✯✯ 0.8423 YES NO 6-1/210 9/6/18 Kapolei HI Link Other offers: UW, Oregon, UCLA, Cal, Nebraska
Cosmas Kwete DL ✯✯✯ 0.8418 YES NO 6-3/220 11/5/18 Phoenix AZ Link Inexperienced player, specialized in Rugby
Daniel Isom DB ✯✯✯ 0.8407 YES YES 5-10/180 11/8/18 Council Bluffs IA Link Played as a true freshman for NIU before transfer
Rocky Katoanga LB ✯✯✯ 0.8366 YES YES 6-2/205 2/6/18 Oceanside CA Grayshirted
Jimmy Price OL ✯✯✯ 0.8306 YES NO 6-5/295 1/26/19 Houston TX Link Picked WSU over Arizona State
Shahman Moore DB ✯✯✯ 0.8267 YES YES 6-0/170 12/20/18 El Segundo CA Link Two years of eligibility remaining
Ma'ake Fifita OL ✯✯✯ 0.8154 YES NO 6-5/250 12/16/18 Snohomish WA Link Staff targeted him as a center
Gatlin Grisso DB ✯✯✯ 0.8072 YES YES 6-1/185 6/23/17 Aubrey TX Link Grayshirted
Nicholas Sheetz DL ✯✯✯ 0.8072 YES NO 6-3/253 2/3/19 Greenwood SC Link Lightly recruited; offered PWO by Georgia
Simon Samarzich LS ✯✯✯ 0.8043 YES NO 6-0/200 6/8/18 Upland CA Rated the top long snapper in the country
Gage Gubrud QB NA YES YES 6-2/205 1/26/19 Cheney WA Link Grad transfer from EWU