WASHINGTON STATE NEEDED a boost to their offensive line stable -- and they got it. Heading into his official visit this past weekend, a 6-6, 285-pound mid-year JUCO o-line prospect said Washington State was the team to beat to land his services. And now the hoss tells CF.C he saw all he needed to see this weekend in Pullman to make the call.

Riverside offensive tackle Jacob Seydel is headed to the Palouse, he tells CF.C.

"I committed to Washington State," Seydel told CF.C moments ago. "It feels great knowing where I'm going to be playing football for the next couple of years."

Seydel tells CF.C he actually gave his verbal commitment to Mike Leach on Sunday morning during his visit, but that out of respect he didn't want to publicly announce it until he had a chance to tell the other schools he was Wazzu-bound.

"Coach Leach told me that based on my film and their needs on the line that he thinks I can come in right away and see the field next season," Seydel said. "They're looking at me at one of the tackle positions and I'm confident in my abilities. I know what I can do on the field, so I believe I can make a difference right away."

Seydel signed with UCLA last year but after moving to Westwood, he decided it wasn't a good fit and returned to Riverside for his sophomore year. He'll have three to play two at Washington State.

"I want to tell the fans that I can't wait to get to Pullman and I'm going to do everything I can to help building a winning tradition at WSU," Seydel said.

Seydel held offers from Hawaii and Colorado State in addition to Washington State and was receiving increased interest from Arizona State. Before tripping to Wazzu this weekend, he took an official visit to Colorado State on Dec. 1.


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Seydel will sign on Dec. 19 with Washington State, the first day mid-year junior college recruits can sign, and enroll at WSU in January for the spring semester. By arriving next month, he'll also get a valuable head start and participate in the Cougs' spring ball session.

Seydel's verbal comes on the heels of another key oral pledge for Wazzu. Cornerback Daquawn Brown committed to WSU on Monday over UW, Cal, ASU, UCLA and others.

"The change in the culture is one of the main reasons why i committed," Seydel said. "I see big things for Washington State and everything is looking bright for the future."

Including two holdovers from 2012 (WR Robert Lewis and OL B.J. Salmonson), Seydel becomes the 24th member of the Cougs' 2013 class. Washington State is expected to oversign, and could take as many as 28-29 on LOI Day in February.

Seydel said he delivered the big news to his parents shortly after he arrived home on Sunday and that the Seydel family couldn't have been happier with the decision.

"My family has been very supportive and they were behind me where ever I decided to go," Seydel said. "My dad is pretty excited about me going to the Cougs though because he gets to watch me on T.V. every week because of that new Pac-12 (Networks) deal."

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