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Recruiting: Nathaniel James announces commitment to WSU


NCAA Football: Arizona at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington State Cougars picked up the fourth member of their 2020 class late Friday night when defensive tackle Nathaniel James announced via Twitter that he had verbally committed to Mike Leach and Co.:

James, who is 6-foot and 250 pounds, is from Avon, Indiana. He is rated three stars by 247Sports. He also holds reported offers from the Indiana Hoosiers, Ball State Cardinals, Bowling Green Falcons, Northern Illinois Huskies, Toledo Rockets and Tulane Green Wave.

It’s unusual for WSU to recruit from Indiana — we’re not sure who was the last player WSU landed from there — but this coaching staff has a lot of midwest ties, including defensive line coach Jeff Phelps.

As most fans know, defensive tackles have been hard to come by for WSU over the past few recruiting cycles, so this will surely come as welcome news to fans who have been perpetually stressed out about that position.

And this might only be just the beginning for this weekend; James is only one of more than 10 recruits visiting the Cougs for the Crimson and Gray game, including the No. 1 recruit in the state, linebacker/running back Sav’ell Smalls. James decided he’d just go ahead and make the call at the end of the first night. Will others follow suit over the next 24-48 hours?

Here are James’ highlights:

And here’s the recruiting class as it currently stands:

2020 WSU Commitments

Signed Player Pos. 247 Composite Rating Measurables (via 247) Commit Date City State Comments
Signed Player Pos. 247 Composite Rating Measurables (via 247) Commit Date City State Comments
YES Jayden de Laura QB ✯✯✯ 0.8812 6-1/190 10/2/19 Honolulu HI Rated four stars by 247 scouts
YES Alphonse Oywak DB ✯✯✯ 0.8685 6-1/175 2/3/20 Kent WA Flipped from Arizona; 4 stars by 247's scouts
YES Joey Hobert WR ✯✯✯ 0.8660 5-11/175 6/10/19 San Juan Capistrano CA Son of former UW QB Billy Joe Hobert
YES James McNorton OL ✯✯✯ 0.8611 6-5/265 11/3/19 Brentwood CA Rated four stars by 247 scouts
YES Jay Wilkerson WR ✯✯✯ 0.8540 6-1/165 2/5/20 Midlothian TX Flipped from Hawaii to follow Rolovich
YES Fa’alili Fa’amoe DL ✯✯✯ 0.8500 6-5/215 2/5/20 Pago Pago AS Little known recruit, shined at Polynesian Bowl
YES Moon Ashby LB ✯✯✯ 0.8498 6-4/200 9/16/19 San Jose CA Offers from Kansas State, Utah State
YES Marshawn Buchanan RB ✯✯✯ 0.8485 5-11/178 7/22/19 Adelanto CA Ran for 2,137 yards and 18 TDs as a junior
YES Hunter Escorcia DB ✯✯✯ 0.8477 6-2/175 6/27/19 Murrieta CA Chose WSU over an offer from Utah
YES Justin Anderson DB ✯✯✯ 0.8477 6-1/175 11/18/19 Menlo Park CA Picked WSU over Utah, Iowa State
YES Mike Pettway WR ✯✯✯ 0.8466 5-10/170 2/4/20 Alabaster AL Picked WSU over Arkansas State, Cincinnati
YES Chau Smith DB ✯✯✯ 0.8442 5-11/175 2/2/20 Chicago IL Flipped from Wyoming; offers from Purdue, Pitt
YES Cedrick Pellum WR ✯✯✯ 0.8431 5-11/174 7/9/19 Dallas TX Offers from Indiana, Kansas, Houston
YES Rodrick Tialavea OL ✯✯✯ 0.8376 6-5/315 12/10/19 Salt Lake City UT Reported offers from Tennessee, Arizona, Virginia
YES Marquise Freeman DL ✯✯✯ 0.8366 6-3/185 12/18/19 Cocoa FL Offers from Louisville, Nebraska, WVU
YES Julian Ripley OL ✯✯✯ 0.8361 6-6/245 9/16/19 Rancho Cucamonga CA Flipped from SDSU
YES Dylan Mayginnes OL ✯✯✯ 0.8356 6-5/285 4/12/19 Chandler AZ Brother Hunter is a redshirt freshman
YES Devin Kylany OL ✯✯✯ 0.8356 6-4/275 4/2/19 Lake Stevens WA Reported offers from Arizona State and Air Force
YES Nathaniel James DL ✯✯✯ 0.8317 6-0/250 4/19/19 Avon IN Also held an offer from Indiana
YES Gabriel Lopez DL ✯✯✯ 0.8240 6-3/227 11/20/19 Las Vegas NV Also held an offer from Minnesota
YES Jackson Lataimua DB ✯✯✯ 0.8199 5-11/195 11/4/19 San Bruno CA Flipped from Nevada
YES Justin Lohrenz DL ✯✯✯ 0.8139 6-4/230 11/3/19 Littleton CO Says he can enroll midyear
NO Phillip Powell DB N/A 0.0000 6-1/210 1/9/20 Chicago IL Grad transfer from FCS South Dakota
YES Antonio Tuiava Pule III DL ✯✯✯ 0.8100 6-5/255 2/4/20 Pago Pago AS Appears to have three to play two
YES Amir Mujahid DL N/A 0.0000 6-2/270 3/7/20 Berkeley CA Three to play two from Laney College