COMMIT: JC center signs with WSU

WASHINGTON STATE GOT the junior college center they were looking for this class. The 6-3, 285-pounder out of Texas who recently captured first team all-conference honors for his work this past season, signed with the Cougs on Wednesday as a mid-year JC transfer. He starts classes in January and will participate in spring ball at Washington State.

Washington State loses starting center Zack Williams, a former junior college player, to graduation this season. His potential replacement in the starting lineup also hails from the JUCO ranks.

Taylor Meighen (6-3, 285) out of Kilgore College, about two hours east of Dallas, said Paul Wulff and Steve Morton made the difference to his decision.

"The coaches there were just all-around great coaches, they were backing me. They showed me much love, that's why I'm signing with them," said Meighen early on Wednesday.

Meighen has 3-to-play-2 for the Cougs signed on Wednesday, the first day of the signing period for mid-year JC transfers. The mid-year signing period runs from Dec. 15 - Jan. 15.

MEIGHEN SAID he was blown away and all but committed coming out of his visit two weekends ago at Washington State. He said Washington State told him they offered him because of the way he finishes his blocks and his quickness off the snap.

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Meighen this past season was named first-team SWJCFC all conference. He was originally a full qualifier coming out of Kelly High in Beaumont, Texas. He originally committed to Air Force but reports by the Beaumont Enterprise and others say just before he signed he was denied entrance to the military school because of medication he takes for ADHD.

Meighen held offers from Florida International, Rice and others.

"I'm going Pac-12, baby!" said Meighen.

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