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Africa remains fertile recruiting ground for the Cougs. Plus, today’s links.

PULLMAN, WA - DECEMBER 13: Washington State head coach Kyle Smith (right) talks to sophomore guard Noah Williams (left) during a timeout in the second half of a non-conference matchup between the Portland State Vikings and the Washington State Cougars on December 13, 2020, at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, WA.
PULLMAN, WA - DECEMBER 13: Washington State head coach Kyle Smith (right) talks to sophomore guard Noah Williams (left) during a timeout in the second half of a non-conference matchup between the Portland State Vikings and the Washington State Cougars on December 13, 2020, at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, WA.
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The Washington State Cougars landed their first commitment of the 2022 class when Nigerian big man Solomon Ominu committed to the program.

Ominu, listed at 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds, is not yet rated by 247Sports. He also held offers from Memphis and Oklahoma.

His commitment continues a trend of the Cougars aggressively recruiting internationally, and he becomes the third player from Africa to commit to Kyle Smith in his three seasons as coach. Assistant coach John Andrzejek is the point man on Ominu’s recruitment, and the Cougs’ history with Nigerians — which includes current sophomore sensation Efe Abogidi — wasn’t lost on Ominu.

“Jeff Varem was a second scoring leader back in 2005, Ike Iroegbu was a starter for three years until graduation, and now with Efe making the Pac-12 All-Freshmen team, it means a lot about how my fellow Nigerians flourish at WSU,” Ominu told 247Sports. “I would love to have a taste of that too.

“I also am looking forward to working with Coach Smith as he has a very young team. His talent identification and developing his young players with his coaching staff can not be compared. John Andrzejek made me believe in myself and my ability with how well I fit into their style in Pac-12 Conference made me love the program even more.”

Ominu is moving to the U.S. for his last year of high school and will attend Bridgton Academy in Maine. It’s the same school that produced one-time WSU sharpshooter Carter Skaggs.

Ominu now holds the last available scholarship for 2022, but ... you know how that goes. You can rest assured the coaching staff isn’t done recruiting:

Washington State lands commitment from 6-10 Nigerian big man Solomon Ominu | The Spokesman-Review
Washington State men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith’s knack for scanning the globe to find talent has paid off again.

Washington State lands Nigerian big man Solomon Ominu - 247Sports
Nigerian big man commits to Washington State.

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No big shock here, but coach Nick Rolovich went ahead and announced it after practice on Wednesday.

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LINKS

NFL Draft Profile: Abraham Lucas, Offensive Tackle, Washington State Cougars - The NFL Draft Bible on Sports Illustrated: The Leading Authority on the NFL Draft
NFL draft profile scouting report for Washington State offensive tackle, Abraham Lucas

Viking Football With Bruce Barnum: A Trip To The Palouse - Portland State University Athletics
The Vikings return to Washington State for the first time since the epic 2015 win over the Cougars. Head Coach Bruce Barnum reviews the game at Hawai’i and ahead

Vikings Headed For Pullman And The Scene Of Great Memories - Portland State University Athletics
BarnyBall was discovered on a September afternoon in Pullman, WA six years ago. The Portland State Vikings return to the scene this week to face an equally difficult

Pamplin Media Group - PSU gears up for Washington State
PSU gears up for Washington State, Local Sports, Portland local Sports, Breaking Sports alerts for Portland city.

Women's Basketball Announces 2021-22 Non-Conference Schedule - Washington State University Athletics
PULLMAN, Wash. – Coming off its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 30 seasons, the Washington State women's basketball team will be looking to dance its way back

Volleyball Set to Host Cougar Challenge - Washington State University Athletics

Keep it going, Cougs to face Seattle U - Washington State University Athletics
The Cougs take on the Redhawks for the fourth-straight season.

Cougars set for weekend soccer – The Daily Evergreen
WSU Soccer will play two games this week. First, they will host Seattle at 7 p.m. today and then a game against Kansas at 11 a.m. Sunday in Lawrence, Kansas. In their last match, the Cougars dominated with a 7-0 win against Hawaii, scoring the most goals in a game since 2002. WSU junior Bridget...

Pac-12 Women’s Soccer Weekly Release - Sept. 8, 2021 | Pac-12

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