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Blake McDonald commits to WSU

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The Cougs are finishing the 2018 class strong.

The Washington State Cougars got a great bit of news on the eve of the Super Bowl when three-star offensive lineman Blake McDonald committed to the 2018 class.

McDonald was previously committed to the UCLA Bruins when Jim Mora was coach, but he decommitted a couple of weeks before Mora was fired.

“I wanted to do what I felt was best for my future,” McDonald said. “They’re obviously having a down year but I’m mostly opening it back up to find a school that best suits me. It wasn’t just about football for me, I just want to find a school that fits me better in all areas, on and off the field.”

He recently took an official visit to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and he also holds offers from the Arizona State Sun Devils, California Golden Bears, Colorado Buffaloes and Oregon State Beavers.

According to the evaluation of 247sports’ Greg Biggins, “McDonald is among the most physical linemen in the area. He’s strong at the point of attack, a road grader as a run blocker and plays through the whistle. He’s a strong kid, moves well and plays with a mean streak.”

Sounds like Mike Leach’s kind of offensive lineman.

The Cougs continue to finish out this recruiting class strong, as McDonald is tied with Cade Beresford as the ninth-highest rated players in the class and highest rated incoming offensive linemen.

WSU isn’t done yet, either. A pair of junior college transfers were on campus this weekend:

Pei is a defensive end, Kobayashi a wide receiver. You might remember that Kobayashi was a WSU target a couple of years ago who eventually signed with Cal before transferring to Riverside after a year.

Here’s how the class now stands with just a few days to go. WSU has room for three more signings, as Gatlin Grisso intends to grayshirt and enroll in January 2019.

WSU Football 2018 Recruiting Class

Letter Received? Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value Measurables (via 247) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
Letter Received? Player Expected Pos. 247 Composite Composite Value Measurables (via 247) Commit Date City State CougCenter Profile Comments
YES Rodrick Fisher WR ✯✯✯✯ 0.8947 6-2/193 5/10/17 Spokane WA Link Led state in 100-m (10.46) and 200-m (21.26) in 2017
YES Cammon Cooper QB ✯✯✯✯ 0.8917 6-4/202 5/29/17 Lehi UT Link First Elite 11 QB in more than a decade
YES Drue Jackson WR ✯✯✯ 0.8763 6-1/186 10/27/17 Sachse TX Link Rated 4-star by Scout, Rivals
YES Max Borghi RB ✯✯✯ 0.8731 5-10/195 6/29/17 Arvada CO Link Multipurpose back flipped from Colorado
YES Halid Djibril S ✯✯✯ 0.8672 6-2/185 12/20/17 Los Angeles CA Link Picked WSU over USC and OSU.
YES D'Angelo McKenzie DB ✯✯✯ 0.8614 6-0/180 10/24/17 San Jose CA Link Holds offers from Notre Dame, UCLA
YES Kassidy Woods WR ✯✯✯ 0.8609 6-2/200 11/22/17 Addison TX Link No. 136 receiver nationally
YES Blake McDonald OL ✯✯✯ 0.8601 6-4.5/295 2/3/18 Danville CA Link No. 31 OG in country via 247, orig UCLA commit
YES Cade Beresford OL ✯✯✯ 0.8601 6-7/250 9/25/17 Woodinville WA Link Offers from UCLA, Nebraska
YES Brandon Gray WR ✯✯✯ 0.8600 6-5/172 7/29/17 Detroit MI Link No. 3 receiver in Michigan
YES Brennan Jackson DL ✯✯✯ 0.8519 6-4/225 7/13/17 Temecula CA Link Rated the No. 3 DE prospect in CA by Scout
YES RJ Stone DL ✯✯✯ 0.8685 6-4/215 12/11/17 San Jose CA Link Picked WSU over Arizona State
YES Tyrese Ross DB ✯✯✯ 0.8464 6-1/187 2/2/18 Jacksonville FL Link Flipped from Mississippi State
YES Kedron Williams DB ✯✯✯ 0.8497 6-1/192 5/3/17 Bellflower CA Link Recruited by Roy Manning
YES Ahmir Crowder DL ✯✯✯ 0.8485 6/3-280 10/16/17 Los Angeles CA Link Offers from Vandy and Purdue
YES Patrick Nunn ATH ✯✯✯ 0.8477 6-3/206 8/20/17 San Mateo CA Link Could play WR or DB
NO Rocky Katoanga LB ✯✯✯ 0.8366 6-2/205 2/6/18 Oceanside CA Will grayshirt
YES Myles Green-Richards DB ✯✯✯ 0.8364 6-1/175 7/6/17 Eugene OR Link Clocked a 4.52 laser-timed 40
YES Jonathan Lolohea DL ✯✯✯ 0.8461 6-3/310 11/22/17 Lahaina HI Link Juco from Copiah-Lincoln CC in Mississippi
YES Kendrick Catis LB ✯✯✯ 0.8394 6-1/228 12/20/17 Deerfield Beach FL Link No. 4 inisde linebacker in JUCO.
YES Syr Riley OL ✯✯✯ 0.8315 6-3/323 10/2/17 Palisades CA Link Offers from Cal and Navy
YES Calvin Jackson Jr. WR ✯✯✯ 0.8208 5-10/170 4/12/17 Pompano Beach FL Link Juco transfer
YES Jarrett Kingston DL ✯✯✯ 0.8181 6-5/250 8/9/17 Anderson CA Link First team All CIF Northern Section as a DE
NO Gatlin Grisso DB ✯✯✯ 0.8072 6-1/185 6/23/17 Aubrey TX Link Expected to grayshirt
YES Keenan Forbes OL ✯✯✯ 0.8345 6-3/310 1/18/18 Hollywood FL Link Three to play three; rating is from H.S. eval
YES Misi Aiolupotea-Pei DL ✯✯✯ 0.8000 6-3/250 2/4/18 Riverside CA Link Juco has only played football for 2 years
YES Gardner Minshew QB N/A N/A 6-2/216 3/20/18 Brandon MS Link Graduate transfer from East Carolina
YES Lamonte McDougle DL N/A N/A 5-11/295 5/16/18 Deerfield Beach FL Link Transfer from WVU will be eligible in 2019
YES Chad Davis Jr. DB N/A N/A 6-2/200 5/18/18 Daytona Beach FL Juco transfer