Washington State and Nick Rolovich landed their fourth commit for the class of 2021 when it was announced that Xavier Young had committed to the Cougars Monday night. The 6’4”, 220-pound defensive end out of Tallahassee, Florida chose the Cougars over offers from Georgia Tech, Maryland, Southern Miss and a few others according to Rivals.com.
Congratulations to Xaiver Young on his Commitment to @WSUCougarFB !!!#APG ⚪️ #BuildingChampions #GoCougs ⚪️ @CoachLewis_DL @RyanLinton99 @CoachColsonAPG @NickRolovich @CoachCoop84 @AlisonPosey14 @joeylamarwctv @FlaHSFootball pic.twitter.com/pU0cUG5zZz— Godby (APG) Cougars (@GodbyFootball) May 19, 2020
Young tallied 45 total tackles including 33 solo tackles during his junior year according to Max Preps, a massive bump from his sophomore year where he had just 8 on the season. He also had six tackles for a loss and recovered a fumble and an interception playing for the Godby Cougars in Tallahassee.
Rolovich, coach Slife, and coach Richardson tweeted out the bat signal around 7:45 pm on Monday night. It took Young’s school less than an hour to confirm the announcement - a rarity for us Coug fans as we have waited a few hours, a day, and two days after the bat signal for the three other commitments for 2021. He was offered in the beginning of April by the coaching staff according to the Godby Football twitter account.
Young joins offensive guard Brock Dieu, receiver Orion Peters, and offensive tackle Christian Hilborn as the four commitments for the 2021 season. The Cougars have quickly tallied up four commitments this month as they were one of two schools with zero commits heading into the month of May and have since flipped that script.
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After securing three commitments from offensive players on the West Coast the last three weeks, Washington State’s 2021 recruiting class took a few different turns on Monday night.