WSU missed out on another defensive tackle today when Wayne Kirby of Pocatello, Idaho, picked Oregon over the Cougars and Utah, he announced on Twitter this morning.
A composite three-star player, the 6-foot-3/290-pound interior defensive lineman would have been a huge addition to the 2016 class, both literally and figuratively as an athletic, space-eating, run-stuffing lineman to anchor the defensive front.
Currently, the only linemen signed in this class project to either defensive end or Rush linebacker. The defensive line depth was further damaged when it was revealed recently that 2015 signee Thomas Toki, a four-star recruit, was headed to a junior college to get his academics in order.
Kirby was at one time committed to BYU, but he decommitted back in October. At that point, WSU ramped up its recruitment with coach Joe Salave'a, and Kirby told Rivals site Duck Sports Authority, "Mom, well she really liked one of the Washington State coaches." You can guess which coach that probably was.
Ultimately, mom didn't win out, which is WSU's loss.
Rivals -- ★★★
Scout -- ★★★
247 Sports -- ★★★
ESPN -- ★★★
Measurables (247 Sports)
Position -- DL
Hometown -- Pocatello, Idaho
Height -- 6'3
Weight -- 290