While many things will change with the departure of Mike Leach, the quarterback will still remain the centerpiece of Nick Rolovich’s recruiting classes for the Washington State Cougars and he’s got his commit for 2021. Xavier Ward, a senior-to-be in Corona, California, announced this morning he will be attending WSU.
The 6’2”, 195 pound quarterback from Eleanor Roosevelt High School is listed as a pro style 3-star on 247 Sports. Ward also had an offer from the Oregon State Beavers, along with the Idaho Vandals and Eastern Washington Eagles.
Ward’s arm strength is pretty good and he seems to be able to move the pocket a bit as well. He also shows an ability to drop his arm angle on some throws to nearly sidearm, a difficult skill to perfect at such an early age. He’s actually just 16 years old going into his senior season and was ranked as one of the best performers at a southern California showcase earlier this month. His highlight video is below:
Ward becomes the eighth commitment in the 2021 class for WSU, which is currently ranked seventh in the Pac-12.