VERBAL: Cougs land 3-star NorCal WR/CB

WASHINGTON STATE'S FIRST known verbal commitment of the 2012 class comes by way of Woodland, Calif., and the three-star NorCal prospect did a little bit of everything last season as a junior.

Dalen Jones was an all-conference pick last season -- picked as an ATH -- and looking at his junior stat line, it's not hard to see why. He caught 39 passes for 515 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for 430 hashes and eight TDs on 88 touches. He racked up 56 tackles on defense with four interceptions. And for good measure he also threw three TD passes.

So is Jones a receiver or a corner at the next level?

"When I talked to (area recruiter) Jody Sears, he said they were going to be looking at me first on defense but also at receiver. We talked about receiver last time though so I think that's where I might play," said Jones.

The Cougs, said Jones, liked how he brings a lot of different tools to the table.

"They said I was real physical off the line and they liked I could go both ways and that I could be either a receiver or a corner," said Jones.

Jones said he decided to make his decision early because WSU has everything he's looking for in a school.

"I committed to Washington State because ever since I was a sophomore they have always been there for me," said Jones. "It's a really good fit. They're really family oriented -- that's what I've been looking for in a school.

"In a couple years they're going to be one of the bigger, better schools in all the Pac-12 and I wanted to be a part of that."

Jones held offers from Washington State, Sac State and Northern Arizona. He was seeing varying levels of recruiting interest from Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Fresno State and others.

Jones said while he won't be able to get up this spring to the Palouse, he definitely plans to be at WSU in June for their summer camp.

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