BREAKING: Cougs land three-star WR

HE'S A 3-STAR wide receiver who has long been recruited by the Washington State staff. At 6-0, 170-pounds, with great speed and quickness, he also picked up offers from several schools this recruiting cycle. On Tuesday morning, however, the Inglewood, Calif. product decided to close his recruitment and pulled the trigger on going crimson.

Zaire Andre, out of Inglewood, Calif., is a Coug.

Andre chose the Cougars over offers from Nebraska, Houston, Nevada and San Jose State.

"I just feel really comfortable with the coaching staff and that's a big reason why I committed," Andre said. "I had been talking with Coach Dennis Simmons, David Yost and Mike Leach and they made me realize how well I can fit into WSU's offense. They throw the ball a lot and I could come in and make an impact as a freshman. That's big for me."

Andre, who is close friends with incoming Cougar Daquawn Brown, said his relationship with Simmons was also a big reason why he verballed to the Cougs on Tuesday morning morning, Andre said. Both Simmons and Yost received the good news from Andre.

"Coach Simmons has been a great coach to speak with," Andre said. "While I'm away at college, I'll be away from my family and friends, but with Coach Simmons, I feel like I'll be able to talk with him about everything in my life and not just football. We have a strong relationship and he will help me grow as a person."

A FEW THINGS jump out when considering Andre's tape. He's a playmaker who is very good after the catch. He's explosive -- both as a wide receiver and as a kickoff/punt returner.

Also, Inglewood High is historically a talent-rich school -- it's a feather in WSU's cap that the Cougs have now forged a solid relationship there under Mike Leach.

ANDRE WAS PLANNING on taking an unofficial visit to Nebraska on June 15, but said he is unsure if those plans are still going to happen.

"I might visit there still, but I'm not really sure right now," Andre said. "My dad was going to look into flights for us to get out there, but I don't know what the plan is as of now."

Andre said he'll take an unofficial visit to Pullman with his dad sometime in August.

ANDRE SAID that he never really narrowed down his list down from his five offers and that over time, he realized that WSU was the right decision for him to make.

"I really liked all the schools that had offered me, but there's something special about Washington State," Andre said. "At their spring game, they ran over 150 plays and I think 127 of those were passes. They were also in the top 10 for receiving yards. I feel like they give me the best chance to make it to the NFL and also earn my degree."

OFFICIAL STATS WERE unavailable at press time but Andre said he had 30-plus receptions, with 11 of those being touchdowns.

"They want me to come in as an inside receiver and the coaches said they like how I can fly and get upfield," Andre said of WSU. "I have good hands and great route running, which will help me out at the next level.

"The coaches also think I can come in and help them out in both kick and punt returning. I think I can make plays for them there as well."

As for his commitment level to the Cougs?

"It's very strong right now," Andre said. "They told me if I committed to them, then they would stay committed to me. WSU told me I was one of their highest recruits at wide receiver and I'm planning on staying committed to them throughout this process."

Andre becomes the fourth known commit in the 2014 class, joining LB Greg Hoyd, NT/DE Marcus Griffin and QB Peyton Bender.

NOTABLE NOTE:'s Greg Biggins says Andre is a hard worker, one who is still honing his craft: "I saw him at a couple of 7 on 7 tournaments. He's a developing WR, further along right now as a return man... He has good body control and is a great kid so hopefully he'll continue to work hard and will be a real player for the Cougs in a few years."

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