BREAKING: Cougs land in-state corner

MIKE LEACH AND Washington State continue to rack up the verbal commitments. The Cougars' third pledge in four days is a tall, in-state cornerback and there's a reason why his ceiling is so high.

Sammamish's Markell Sanders (6-0 ½ , 185) has gone crimson.

"I committed, that's where I'm going to be going -- just being there at Washington State and seeing how it is, everything felt right," said Sanders.

Washington State assistant coaches Eric Russell (area recruiter) and Jeff Choate were by Eastside Catholic during the May Evaluation period. E-C head man Jeremy Thielbahr, the former Cougar RB/TE and college coach, sang their praises to CF.C soon after and Sanders expressed similar sentiments today regarding Russell, Choate and the WSU staff.

"I have faith in the coaches at Washington State... Now I can focus on my senior season and my high school career," said Sanders.

TALL CORNERS ARE rare, and Sanders has that prototypical body type college recruiters optimally want if they can get it. Another item of note -- with Sanders, it's all about upside.

Sanders' ceiling is high because he's been and is going to continue to have to be a jack-of-all-trades in high school. Once he is able to focus on on one thing at the Pac-12 level, cornerback, he is capable of becoming an elite player out on the island.

Working in the Cougs' favor in that regard, Sanders already has developed an advanced work ethic, his prep coach tells CF.C.

SANDERS' PLEDGE follows crimson verbal commitments this week from Phoenix QB Tyler Bruggman and Texas WR Demarcus Ayers.

Sanders held offers from Wazzu, Nevada and Idaho. Boise State, UW, Oregon State and "a bunch" of other schools were also in on him, Thielbahr told CF.C.

Markell is the fifth known verbal commit in WSU's 2013 recruiting class. CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE LIST.

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