BREAKING: Six-five grayshirt bound for WSU

HE'S AN under the radar defensive prospect from Montana, but he flies to the ball and has a passion for laying the lumber. He was in Pullman over the weekend for an official visit and spoke with the coaches about joining the Cougs as a grayshirt in 2014. And while out on the Palouse, he didn't take long to make up his mind.

Dylan Hanser out of Billings, Mont., is a Coug.

He played linebacker in high school but his height suggests he could be a BUCK or grow into a d-lineman with his hand down.

The 6-5, 230-pounder committed to Wazzu while on his official, he tells CF.C.


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"Yes I committed to Washington State," Hanser said. "I actually committed to them a few weeks ago and confirmed with them my commitment over the weekend. I loved my trip out there and I can't wait to get there next spring."

Hanser will grayshirt for the Cougs and arrive in Pullman next January.

"The coaches told me they like how athletic I am," said Hanser. "I need to put on some size, though, which I'm going to work on over the summer. I have good vision and I've played football my whole life. My dad played football at Wyoming and was an NFL prospect. Good football players run in my family.

"I'm not going to get there until next January. I'm going to work hard during the summer and fall to get my body ready and be able to make a difference for the team next spring."

As a senior this season, he recorded 37 tackles (16 solo), 3.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.

Hanser first started hearing from the Cougs earlier this fall and developed a strong bond with former outside linebackers coach Jeff Choate, who is now the defensive coordinator at UTEP. With Choate's departure, special teams coach and area recruiter Eric Russell stepped in to handle Hanser's recruitment.

"Coach Russell and I have been talking for about two months," Hanser said. "Our relationship has grown over the last couple months and it has me excited to be a Cougar. During my trip over the weekend I just didn't want to have to come back to high school. I'm ready for college and ready to go through the college football experience. The facilities are great over there and the campus is awesome. I'm very happy to be a Coug."

Hanser had a scholarship offer from Colorado State in addition to WSU and was receiving increased interest from Boise State, Montana and Montana State.

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