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WSU football recruiting: Jonathan Nathaniel, OL, commits to the Cougs

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The three-star prospect is raw but athletic.

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WSU picked up its fifth offensive line commit in the 2017 class on Saturday when three-star prospect Jonathan Nathaniel committed to the Cougars.

Nathaniel — out of Chandler, Arizona — decided he’d rather spend his college years in Pullman than Tucson, as he picked the Cougs over an offer from Arizona (and a slew of midmajors).

Nathaniel is reported to be around 6-4/6-5 and 250ish pounds, which is, of course, very light for any Pac-12 offensive lineman — but especially so for WSU, which likes them extra large. You might remember, though, that current starting left tackle Andre Dillard was a two-star player at 6-5/250 who committed to WSU over Eastern Washington, Idaho and Portland State.

Three years of nutrition and strength training later, Dillard is 45 pounds heavier and on track to be one of the best left tackles in the Pac-12. I would imagine Mike Leach and offensive line coach Clay McGuire have a similar plan in mind for Nathaniel.

Nathaniel joins Dontae Powell, Robert Valencia, Abraham Lucas and Alec Kuzmack as the offensive line commits in the 2017 class. WSU usually only takes five offensive linemen; however, there could still be some movement: The Cougs are believed to still be recruiting three-star Jaxson Kirkland, who recently decommitted from UCLA, although Oregon and Washington are considered to be the favorites for him.

Signing day is Wednesday, Feb. 1.

2017 WSU Football Commits

Letter Received? Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value Measurables (via Scout) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
Letter Received? Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value Measurables (via Scout) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
YES Isaiah Love CB ✯✯✯ 0.8218 5-11/165 8/24/2015 West Covina CA Link Greyshirted as a member of the '16 class.
NO Dontae Powell OL ✯✯✯ 0.8817 6-7/305 4/2/2016 Richland WA Link Ranked #6 OT prospect in West by Scout.
YES Connor Neville QB ✯✯✯ 0.8652 6-2/195 4/2/2016 Wilsonville OR Link Ranked #15 QB in country by Rivals.
YES George Hicks CB ✯✯✯ 0.8438 6-0/180 6/22/2016 San Bernardino CA Link Picked WSU over Boise State offer.
YES Alec Kuzmack OL ✯✯✯ 0.8394 6-5/285 7/11/2016 Eagle ID Link Top ranked offensive line prospect in ID.
YES Anthony White Jr. WR ✯✯✯ 0.8500 6-1/170 8/1/2016 Miami FL Link Ranked #6 ATH in FL by Scout.
YES Zaire Webb CB ✯✯✯ 0.8234 5-10/165 8/1/2016 Neptune Beach FL Link Webb will enroll early at WSU.
YES Abraham Lucas OL ✯✯✯ 0.8716 6-8/260 8/3/2016 Everett WA Link Ranked #3 OT in WA by Scout.
NO Kelle Sanders DE ✯✯✯ 0.8451 6-5/230 8/13/2016 Olympia WA Link Ranked #2 DE in WA by Scout.
YES Damion Lee S ✯✯✯ 0.8206 6-1/180 10/6/2016 Palm Springs CA Link One of the fastest 100m times in CA.
YES Faavae Faavae LB ✯✯✯ 0.8478 6-1/210 10/21/2016 Santa Ana CA Link Bouncing back from an ACL tear.
YES Josh Talbott S ✯✯✯ 0.8605 6-0/175 11/15/2016 Long Beach CA Link Ranked #7 safety in West by Scout.
YES Preston Hendry DE ✯✯✯ 0.8470 6-5/235 11/21/2016 Costa Mesa CA Link Rated #54 JUCO by Scout.
YES Sean Harper Jr. CB ✯✯✯ 0.8210 6-2/185 11/30/2016 Goodman MS Link Originally signed with WSU in 2015 class.
YES Cole Dubots LB ✯✯✯ 0.8273 6-1/185 12/11/2016 Murietta CA Link Speedy RB will play LB under Grinch.
YES Robert Valencia OL ✯✯✯ 0.8687 6-6/295 12/13/2016 San Francisco CA Link Rated 4-stars and #18 JUCO prospect by Scout.
YES Easop Winston WR ✯✯✯ 0.8458 5-11/185 12/13/2016 San Francisco CA Link Scored 24 TD in 2 years at CCSF.
YES Caleb Perry RB ✯✯✯ 0.8472 5-9/170 1/5/17 Seattle WA Link Rated #30 all-purpose back by 247.
YES Christian Mejia DE ✯✯✯ 0.8004 6-3/220 1/13/2017 Kailua HI Rated #13 prospect in Haiwaii by 247
YES Dominick Silvels DB ✯✯✯ 0.8306 6-3/190 1/17/17 San Diego CA Link Played at same school as Dezmon Patmon.
YES Dallas Hobbs DE ✯✯ 0.7930 6-6/240 1/21/2017 Cedar Rapids IA Link All-New England Defensive Player of the Year.
YES Devontavean Martin WR ✯✯✯ 0.8080 6-4/180 1/22/17 Houma LA Link Two-sport star previously committed to Toledo.
YES Willie Rodgers DE ✯✯✯ 0.8377 6-5/230 1/24/2017 Highlands Ranch CO Link Rated #13 DE in West by Scout.
YES Willie Taylor III LB ✯✯ 0.7692 6-4/210 1/24/2017 Cochran GA Link Rated #213 overall ATH by 247.
YES Jonathan Nathaniel OL ✯✯✯ 0.8496 6-4.5/250 1/29/17 Chandler AZ Link Chose WSU over Arizona
YES Travell Harris WR ✯✯ 0.7842 5-9/170 2/1/17 Tampa FL Link Averaged over 24 yards per touch as a senior
YES Jamire Calvin WR ✯✯✯✯ 0.8923 5-10/160 2/1/2017 Los Angeles CA Link Ranked #5 prospect in California by Scout.