For the second time this month, Washington State lost a verbal commitment in its 2014 recruiting class. Three-star offensive tackle Braden Eggert flipped his commitment from WSU to Oregon on Tuesday, according to Britton Ransford of WazzuWatch.com.
Eggert also announced the move on Twitter:
I would like to thank the Washington State coaches for everything they have done for me but I am now Decommitted from Washington State.
The 6-foot-7 305-pound offensive linemen verbally committed to WSU in August. His decision to flip from WSU to Oregon doesn't come out of no where, however, as he visited the Ducks in late October. In fact, the bigger surprise may be that it took this long for him to make the move. Mike Leach and his staff deserve a lot of praise for the progress they've made at WSU, but right now it shouldn't be a surprise they are losing recruiting battles to Oregon.
The Ducks have become a perennial National Championship contender who go to the Rose Bowl as a fallback option. They also run the ball a gazillion times a game and most offensive linemen prefer pancaking defenders on running plays compared to dropping into pass protection 60 times a game. Best of luck to Eggert at Oregon -- except against WSU of course.
That said, Eggert's switch coupled with Marcus Griffin's decision to decommit earlier this month leave a void along the offensive and defensive lines in the 2014 class. WSU signed a total of 12 offensive linemen in Leach's first two seasons and with Eggert now a Duck, WSU has only Sean Krepsz currently committed along the offensive line.
The WSU coaches have plenty of work to do between now and signing day.