BREAKING: Cougs land a side of Oklahoma beef

ATHLETICISM AND STRENGTH are required to succeed on a Pac-12 offensive line but so too is an advanced work ethic. And Mike Leach's newest verbal commitment -- a 6-3, 290-pounder out of the prep ranks down south -- certainly seems to have his bases covered and then some in the "want-to" category.

"I decided I was going to go ahead and commit to Washington State," said Carlos Freeman out of Midwest City, Oklahoma, just outside of Oklahoma City. "It was just the vibe. I haven't even been down to their campus yet but I had gotten this feeling from every single coach at Washington State.

"I respect them all and they drew me closer. And I just hadn't gotten that same vibe from any other school."

Freeman, out of Midwest High, is a sterling student, carrying a 4.0 GPA and in the top 15 of his class. He's also athletic and strong, but he said Leach, area recruiter and o-line coach Clay McGuire and the rest of the WSU coaches also really liked something else about him.

"Washington State, they said sometimes when it's a matter of really, really good athletes, because they were so good in high school, they don't have that hardcore attitude. They told me they love the amount of emotion I play with -- and I do, I play emotional football. I think that gave me the edge with them over some other kids," said Freeman.

FREEMAN IS RANKED by as the No. 30 prep center nationally and two stars. He held offers from Utah State and Dartmouth before landing his first BCS offer a few weeks ago, from Mike Leach and Washington State. And initially, an education from Dartmouth was a tough thing to think about turning down.

"I did my research on (WSU) and what I found was that I can get the same academic excellence from Washington State," said Freeman.

Freeman will play either center or guard at WSU, they'll figure that out after he arrives in the summer. In the meantime, he'll take his official visit to WSU next week, when the Cougars play host to UCLA on Nov. 3.

"I'm perfectly fine at playing either position at Washington State, whichever they think is best. I'm just going to give them everything I've got -- plus more," said Freeman.

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"I couldn't really ask for anything more, I've always been a fan of Coach Leach's work at Texas Tech.. it was kind of a dream come true when I heard Coach Leach and Coach McGuire had interest in me."

"Coach McGuire will bring the best out of me… I'll never quit, he can push me to my breaking point and I'll continue to get better."

"I've always been a big fan of Mike Leach, he's a tremendous coach, tremendously smart. I'm so interested in getting to know him better, I've read a little from his book and studied him but I'm really looking forward to talking more with him and getting to know him. I have a lot of respect for Coach Leach."

The Cougs now have three known offensive line verbals and 16 pledges overall in the 2013 class. Click here for the commit list.

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