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As we race toward the early football signing period in December, the Washington State Cougars continue to rack up verbal commitments. Gabriel Lopez is the latest to join the party.

The pass rusher out of the Sin City pulled the trigger on Tuesday evening to safeties coach Kendrick Shavers. The 6-foot-3, 227-pound, 3-star recruit is ranked the 12th best player in the state of Nevada and the 99th best defensive end in the country by 247sports.com.

Lopez boasted one other Power 5 offer from the nationally ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers as well as Mountain West schools Colorado State Rams, Fresno State Bulldogs and Hawaii Warriors. Lopez took his official visit for the past weekend’s game against Stanford Cardinal.

He led the state of Nevada in sacks as a junior at Desert Pines high school. Lopez is approaching 20 tackles for a loss this season and is described by recruiting analyst Blair Angelo as a player who can rush the passer from the stand up position and can drop back in space. Sounds like a perfect fit for WSU’s RUSH position. Here are some highlights of Lopez.

As recruiting rolls on two more prospects so far are known to be visiting Pullman this weekend.

OT Jake Griffin

6-foot-6 260 pounder out of Mesa fits the Mason Miller body style of linemen. Boasts offers from Arizona and Oregon State.

CB Justin Hodges

The 6-foot-2 corner would be a huge get for the Cougars. The former Miami commit out of Fort Lauderdale is a prospect who could potentially play right away in WSU’s depleted secondary.

Football

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It was a mostly sunny, 57-degree afternoon in Boulder, Colorado, and the Washington State offense was driving.

Basketball

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The senior collects her sixth career double-double to help the Cougars move to 3-0 to start the 2019-20 season.

Soccer

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Averie Collins doesn’t wear her national championship ring, but few would blame the Bozeman product if she did.