BREAKING: Yellowhammer State DL goes crimson

MIKE LEACH HAS SCORED his fourth known verbal pledge from down south and the No. 14 overall commit in his 2013 class. The newest Cougar is rated 3-stars, hails from Alabama and will man the d-line at Wazzu -- he's a very athletic 6-4, 275-pounder with some serious quicks. How athletic and how much speed? Well, he's a d-lineman by trade but he also runs the ball for his high school team...

It was a busy weekend for Gerald Sterling (6-4, 275) out of Aliceville, Alabama. On Friday night, he logged six tackles and two sacks on defense -- while on offense he had 12 carries for 39 hashes and two touchdowns, including the game-winner, in Aliceville's 49-46 win R.C. Hatch.

He then got on a plane, went to Washington State and pledged crimson during his official visit out on the Palouse this weekend.

CF.C was only able to catch Sterling for a few moments but what he did say should please crimson recruitniks who have been waiting eagerly for more d-line commits.

"Yes sir, I committed to Washington State. I liked the football experience, the coaches and I want to be a part of this," said Sterling.

Sterling, who has added 35 pounds to his frame since his junior season, said Washington State likes him at both d-end and nose tackle on their 3-4 front.

Sterling is listed as a defensive end/tight end for Aliceville High, but he's also been running the ball on Friday nights this season -- how many 6-4, 275-pound running backs do you generally see?

STERLING HAS well above average speed for a big defensive lineman -- he has been timed with a 4.7 in the 40. And he gets after the quarterback quite well.

As a junior, Sterling had 15 sacks from his d-end spot and scored two TD's at tight end.

Sterling's pledge brings to 14 the number of known commits for WSU. He is the fourth verbal from the south region, joining a trio out of Texas. You can see the WSU commit list HERE.

Sterling spent part of this summer working on a couple classes. Schools like Florida State, Ole Miss and Tennessee have long been shown recruiting interest but appear to have held off in extending an offer -- and in the meantime their recruiting classes have been filling up.

But Sterling now looks to be in good shape academically -- he received A's in the two classes this summer.

And while some smaller schools like Tory, Alabama State and others had offered, Washington State in recent weeks moved quickly in recruiting him, offering and securing his verbal.

BUT HOW DOES A guy from a small, off-the-beaten path high school in Alabama land at Wazzu -- a player whose film wasn't even sent out to schools until recently?

Sterling said his high school coach, Charles Moody, got in touch with Jarrail Jackson at WSU -- Jackson having run in his same coaching circles for a long time. Jackson, a recruiting assistant under WSU chief of staff Dave Emerick, played at Oklahoma when Leach was the Sooners' offensive coordinator. After Sterling's film came in, Washington State d-line coach Joe Salave'a got involved, Sterling came out for a visit and everything fell into place.


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