COMMIT: Cougs land athletic DE

WASHINGTON STATE HAS landed another athletic junior college defensive end for the 2011 class -- and one who made large strides this season playing against the run. And, his head coach tells, he's only going to get better and better out on the Palouse.

Lenard Williams (6-2, 245) out of Iowa Western CC has gone crimson.

"Yes, Lenard did verbal to Washington State," IWCC head man Scott Strohmeier said.

The No. 1 thing Washington State and others liked about him, said Strohmeier, is his athleticism.

"He really developed as this year went along, becoming more physical in the run game," said Strohmeier. He has worked extremely hard in the weight room and on the field to put himself into this situation.

"I believe his best football is ahead of him still."

In addition to Washington State, Williams' offers included Kansas, Akron, Bowling Green and New Mexico. Oregon and Utah were also in the mix.

THIS PAST SEASON according to official NJCAA statistics, Williams logged 42 tackles (26 solo) with eight for loss and four sacks.

He was named second team all conference for a team that finished ranked No. 11 in the nation, and was at one time ranked as high as No. 2.

Williams, originally out of Chesterfield High in South Carolina, has used his redshirt year -- he has 2-to-play-2 at Washington State. The Cougs now have four junior college defensive ends on the commit list -- Williams, Niko Aumua, Eli Edwards and Ian Knight.

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