MORE BREAKING: Dynamic playmaker goes crimson

IT'S BEEN A spirited Texas two-step this weekend out on the Palouse. A dynamic athlete from Amarillo followed his prep teammate and verbally committed to Washington State. The catalyst for his decision was clear...

Cougar Nation.

"It's just the people out here," Charleston White (6-1, 170) said. "It's amazing how strongly they follow everything about the team...I didn't expect that."

"It's the real thing."

White, like Palo Duro High teammate Montrel Meander who also committed to the Cougs on Sunday, had a visit to Cal scheduled for next week but that's no longer in the cards. He chose Washington State over offers from Arizona State, Nevada, Tulsa, New Mexico, Colorado State, UTSA and others. He could play wide receiver or corner for the Cougs.

White is actually still on his visit and won't leave until Monday morning. But he took time out to tell CF.C he was all in with the Cougars and Mike Leach.

"I did it," said White of making his commitment to WSU.

White was a two-way first-team 3A-4A selection following his senior year at both receiver and defensive back. He's coming off a senior season where he hauled in 26 receptions for 567 yards and six touchdowns.

He also racked up 50 tackles with two interceptions, one of which he returned for score.

"The people here are so nice," said White. "The players here welcomed us like we were already on the team," said White, noting Cougar RB Teondray Caldwell and others. "The coaches all have great personalities and one thing I like about the campus, the facilities are right in the middle of everything, you can walk to pretty much anywhere you need to go.

"And boy, the people here really love the Cougs."

WHITE AND LEACH talked about his role if he winds up playing offense for WSU -- it had White ready to suit up right now if he could.

"I fit into the offense very well, with Coach leach throwing the ball in the offense like that, that's really exciting," said White.

More highlights

White becomes the Cougs' 27th known member of the 2013 class, including a pair of grayshirts in OL B.J. Salmonson and WR Robert Lewis. White joins a group that also includes S Montrel Meander, ATH Isaac Dotson, DE Paulo Lepua, OT Jacob Seydel, CB Daquawn Brown, DE Emmitt Su'a-Kalio, DE Lyman Faoliu, WR Vince Mayle, OT Matt Meyer, C Carlos Freeman, S Darius Lemora, DT Gerald Sterling, ATH Jamal Morrow, RB Olito Thompson, DE Malik Jenkins, S Myron Turner, OG Cole Madison, RB Gerard Wicks, LB Ivan McLennan, LB Peyton Pelluer, WR River Cracraft, CB Markell Sanders, QB Tyler Bruggman and OT Cody O'Connell. The Cougs are projected to take 28-29.

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