PULLMAN – The Cougars have added some edge-rushing prowess to their 2019 recruiting class.
On Sunday night, 24 hours after Washington State beat Cal 19-13 at Martin Stadium, the Cougars received a verbal commitment from Tyler Garay-Harris, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end from Bishop O’Dowd in Oakland, California.
Garay-Harris is considered a three-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite Rankings and listed two other offers from Pac-12 schools, Utah and Arizona State, in addition to Mountain West schools Colorado State, Utah State, UNLV, Nevada and New Mexico.
The second-leading tackler for an 8-2 Bishop O’Dowd team, Garay-Harris has recorded 74 takedowns from his defensive end position this year and has notched 10 tackles-for-loss – all of them sacks. He also has one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries on the season.
Garay-Harris and his O’Dowd team are gearing up to play Benicia this Friday in the second round of the North Coast Section Champsionships. The Dragons, who beat Hawyward 35-7 in the first round of the playoffs, are coached by former Washington standout running back Napoleon Kaufman, who played six years with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.
Garay-Harris shows good quickness and aggression off the edge – as indicated by his sack total through 10 games – but is also more plenty reliable when it comes to stuffing the run. He’s the first defensive line commit for the Cougars in the class of 2019.
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