BREAKING: In-state OL picks Cougs

HE'S 6-FOOT-6, 290 POUNDS and has dominated defensive linemen using a mix of toughness and nastiness to record one pancake block after another. And late Thursday evening, the latest Washington State commit told CF.C there was no point in waiting any longer to make a decision. Matt Meyer's mind was made up: He wanted to be a Coug.

The Lynden High School senior will don a Washington State jersey in 2013.

Meyer, a standout left tackle and defensive end from Whatcom County, was still emotional about his phone conversation with WSU area recruiter and special teams coach Eric Russell as he walked off the practice field on Thursday night.

"I called Coach Russell and I told him I had some good news for him," Meyer said. "I took the offer and right now it means a lot to me knowing that I could play in the Pac-12.

"I've been working for this moment my whole life."

Meyer becomes the 17th verbal commit for Washington State's Class of 2013.

In 2011, Meyer helped Lynden win both the Class 2A state football and basketball championships, as well as a second-place finish in the state baseball tournament. Meyer was second team All-Northwest Conference for football and first team All-NWC for basketball and baseball.

His versatility is a primary reason why the Cougars want to see his talents on the Palouse. Meyer said he isn't sure what position he will be playing, but that he could make a difference in numerous spots.

"They like how physical I am and how hard I work," he said. "They told me they're looking to recruit some linemen from in-state and they think I can fit into their system either at one of the guard or tackle spots."

He added, jokingly, "I'm not sure about center though. That might be a little iffy for me."

Lions coach Curt Kramme, who recorded his 200th career win last Friday in Lynden's 49-7 win over Squalicum, said the Cougars picked up an absolute steal.

"He's one of the best, if not the best offensive lineman we've ever had here," Kramme said. "We've had some good ones come out over the years, but his combination of size and athletic ability really separates him from other guys his age."

Meyer was clocked in the 40-yard dash at 5.0 seconds; he benches 275 pounds; squats 465 pounds; and has a 24.5 inch vertical leap.

"He's really strong too," Kramme said. "He works really hard in the weight room and when you have a guy who has that size and athletic ability, I think he's going to be able to compete at the Pac-12 level.

"I'm excited for him and I'm glad Washington State is giving him the opportunity."

Meyer also holds offers from Eastern Washington and North Dakota, with Boise State showing increased interest. Meyer said he felt the Broncos are close to offering, but that it wouldn't make a difference at this point.

"Both schools offer the same things I'm looking for in a school, but right now I'm with WSU all the way," Meyer said. "You can't be hesitant to take a look at another offer, but at the same time you can't go behind someone's back.

Right now, it's a solid commitment and I'm very excited about it."

NOTABLE NOTE In addition to Meyer, Washington State is also recruiting a pair of his teammates. Linebacker prospect Caleb Newman, who holds an offer from the Cougars, recently told CF.C that he is in the process of scheduling an official visit to Pullman. Lynden quarterback Josh Kraght has been talking with Russell about possibly walking on as a wide receiver.

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