Napa High School offensive lineman Braden Eggert became the 10th member of Washington State's 2014 recruiting class when he verbally committed to the Cougars Thursday night, according to Britton Ransford of Wazzu Watch.
The 6'7, 305-pound Eggert is the first offensive linemen in the 2014 class. He's a 3-star prospect and the No. 89 offensive tackle according to Scout.com. Eggert is not ranked by either Rivals.com or ESPN.com, but based on his film and offer sheet, that is likely to change. According to Rivals, Eggert has offers from Boise State, Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego St. San Jose St. and Northern Colorado.
WSU has recruited offensive linemen heavily under Mike Leach, signing a combined total of 12 offensive linemen in Leach's first two seasons. Like a lot of other linemen Leach and his staff have recruited, Eggert has excellent size for a high school senior. At 6'7 he will likely play tackle for WSU and could pair with the 6'8 Cody O'Connell down the road to give the Cougars a pair of massive bookends.
While size is important, it's only one part of playing offensive line. Many coaches consider good feet and a nasty streak to be among the other keys to playing o-line and Eggert appears to have both. He shows off a nasty streak on several occasions during his 2012 highlights, which you can see on his hudl page. For a player his size, he also appears to be quick on his feet and shows off some athleticism. Even if he needs some time to refine his technique, Eggert will come to WSU with the size and athletic ability to succeed at the Pac-12 level.
As if that wasn't enough, he also posted a picture on Twitter of him flattening a guy and titled it "serving pancakes." I like this guy already.
Serving pancakes pic.twitter.com/PbrVA20gEx— Braden Eggert (@bray_bray76) July 11, 2013
The current coaching staff has focused their California recruiting efforts mostly on Southern California, but Eggert is a solid pickup from Northern California.