BREAKING: Leach lands another Texas verbal

MIKE LEACH ROAMS the Palouse these days but his ties to the Lone Star State remain strong. Washington State just landed another verbal commitment from the state of Texas, their third in the 2013 recruiting class.

Malik Jenkins, a 6-3, 210 pound BUCK linebacker prospect, has gone crimson.

"I just committed today to Washington State," Jenkins told CF.C.

JENKINS IS OUT of Ennis, Texas, about 30 minutes outside of Dallas. He held other offers from Rice, Houston, North Texas and Stephen F. Austin, and was seeing additional recruiting love from Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Illinois, UTSA and New Mexico.

"It was just the bond I had with the Washington State recruiters," said Jenkins. "And then the information about their academics I found out about, that also really made me want to go there.

"I'm really excited. I grew up watching (Texas) Tech, with Mike Leach and (Eric Morris) and everyone, and it's just a really good feeling knowing that I'm actually going to go play for these guys now."

Jenkins has long been a fan of WSU area recruiter Eric Morris, he grew up watching Morris excel as a wide receiver at Texas Tech under Leach.

Jenkins said that Morris was "really, really excited" when he gave him the news on Friday that he was Wazzu-bound. WSU linebackers coach Jeff Choate was also integral to his decision, Jenkins said.

JENKINS SAID tentative plans call for him to officially visit Washington State in late September.

Jenkins is a prime BUCK linebacker candidate, with lots of room on his frame to add muscle and bulk. His versatility could also mean a variety of different 'backer scenarios in the Cougs' 3-4 scheme, said Jenkins.

"They said they're going to move me to BUCK but I'm really not sure. The linebackers coach said he (could also) move me all around," said Jenkins.

Jenkins displayed a penchant for getting to the QB during his junior season, with 10 quarterback sacks among his 47 tackles in 2011.

He is also a star in the classroom, with a 3.6 GPA and a 1320 score on the SAT.

Washington State has 13 known commitments in their 2013 class. You can find the complete list here.

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