BREAKING: Cougs add CB to 2012 class

GOOD THINGS COME to those who wait. The Cougs' newest verbal commit didn't pull in a lot of interest coming out of high school so the full qualifier went the junior college route. But his freshman campaign was so good it helped land him offers from Washington State, Texas Tech and others. And he'll be arriving at Wazzu sooner rather than later.

The Cougs have been on a torrent recruiting pace with eight verbal commitments in the last 13 days.

Make that nine. But this one won't be signing a Letter of Intent in February.

Instead, CB Brandon Bagley (5-10, 165, 4.40) from College of the Sequoias will be arriving at Wazzu on Aug. 1 -- with 4-to-play-3.

"I committed to Washington State. They said they love my cover skills and my ability to play the ball, how I make plays," Bagley said.

Bagley saw little recruiting love coming out of Compton High. But he obviously shined this past season at the JUCO level, leading to offers from WSU, Texas Tech, Nevada and San Jose State. Purdue and others were also closing in.

"I kinda think I was overlooked but I think I also made a huge leap in improvement. I was undersized coming out of high school, and I'm still a little undersized. But I'm looking forward to playing big," said Bagley.

Bagley's stats on the official Sequoias site are incomplete, (they list him with three interceptions, four passes defensed, 1 pass break-up and nine tackles while playing in just four games last season.) There are nine 2011 games worth of highlights on HUDL.

Bagley's complete official stats from 2011 are: 21 tackles (13 solo), four interceptions including one for score, six pass break-ups and five passes defensed.

For Bagley's 2011 highlight reels, click here.

BAGLEY SAID area recruiter Clay McGuire was integral to his decision.

"He's a really good guy, very trustworthy," said Bagley. "...He played a big part in my decision."

"(Coach Mike Breske) also helped me understand the coverages they'll be playing. They play a lot of man, so I love that."

Being able to play in the conference he grew up watching was also big.

"I'm a California child so I wanted to be back home...I just felt that the environment at Washington State was good. I felt like it was the best chance of playing against schools like USC, UCLA and Oregon in the Pac-12," said Bagley.

BAGLEY COMMITTED TO WSU sight unseen, but he'll be up for a visit in mid-July. After that, he'll arrive for good at the beginning of August and open fall camp with the Cougs.

"I just want to thank all my coaches who helped get me here -- Coach Derrick, Coach Bryant, Coach Fred and Coach Alan," said Bagley.

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