Washington State received commitments from three football players, two of them in the class of 2016. But the first to announce his decision will take the longest to get to Pullman.
Tayari Venable, soon to be a high school junior, made his announcement first and was followed shortly by seniors Skyler Thomas and Grant Porter. Porter is a three-star wide receiver from Upland while Thomas plays at Citrus Hill High in Perris, California. Venable plays at Rancho Cucamonga.
The decisions were announced during a ceremony at the Ground Zero training facility in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Greg Biggins of Scout.com was at the ceremony, and was on top of the commitments, as you can see:
And Tayari Venable just committed to #WashingtonState, could be big big night for Cougs— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) July 2, 2015
A happy Jabari Watson and Tayari Venable rocking their colors pic.twitter.com/UaSqKndxfE— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) July 2, 2015
And another pickup for #WashingtonState, Thomas is headed to Pullman— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) July 2, 2015
As with any college declarations made before the start of senior year, there are some caveats. All three recruits, for example, have yet to visit WSU and it's not a bad rule of thumb to take a commitment with some skepticism if the kid hasn't actually been to campus.
But it's always a good thing when the recruits accept the scholarships you offer them, and the Cougars now have 10 rising seniors committed in the class of 2016. That's four more than they had at this time last year, per Scout.com's commitment tracker and an indication that things are going well for the WSU coaches on the recruiting trail.
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