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Three-star defensive tackle from Indiana commits to Washington State

WSU celebrates after defeating Cal during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. WSU won the game 19-13. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
WSU celebrates after defeating Cal during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. WSU won the game 19-13. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – The Cougars snagged a commitment from a three-star defensive lineman 16 hours before the annual Crimson and Gray Game.

Nathaniel James, a 6-0, 250-pound defensive tackle from Avon, Indiana, pledged to Washington State’s football team Friday night, giving the Cougars their first defensive lineman commit in the class of 2020.

James is currently a junior at Avon High School, located just outside of Indianapolis, and the 14th-ranked recruit in the state of Indiana. He holds one other Power Five offer, from Indiana University, and a number of mid-major offers from MAC schools, from Ball State, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois and Toledo.

As a junior at Avon, James notched 40 total tackles – 23 solo and 17 assisted – and had four sacks to go with eight quarterback hurries. He had one fumble recovery. James recorded 35 tackles, two sacks and three QB hurries as a sophomore.

James joins three other WSU commits in the class of 2020: running back Jyden King (California) and offensive linemen Devin Kylany (Washington) and Dylan Mayginnes (Arizona).

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