BREAKING: Cougs unexpectedly land big hoss

CALL IT AN early Signing Day surprise for the Cougar faithful. Washington State didn't seem to be on his radar according to recent reports, but much was going on behind the scenes for the 6-5, 320-pound o-line giant with multiple Pac-12 offers. Just hours ago, the Santa Margarita High standout made a big decision and that decision was to go crimson, he tells CF.C.

Riley Sorenson is a Coug.

CF.C just spoke with the 300-pound hoss who confirmed that he spoke with head coach Mike Leach tonight and made the call to commit to the Cougars.

"Yes I just committed about an hour and a half ago," Sorenson said. "They're a team on the rise and Mike Leach is definitely a great coach. They were the first Pac-12 team to offer me and it felt like they wanted me more than other places."

In addition to WSU, Sorenson held offers from Washington, Cal, Colorado, SMU, SDSU and several others.

SORENSON WAS THE heart and soul of Santa Margarita's offensive line this season, manning the right tackle spot. He and Leach have talked about his future with the Cougs and the California native could line up at multiple positions.

"They didn't really specify which position they want me at, but I could definitely play either guard or tackle," Sorenson said. "I played them both this year, so I'm pretty comfortable either way."

Regardless of where he lines up, Leach and area recruiter Jim Mastro told him they like his size and physical play, both of which they see allowing him to make a difference at the Pac-12 level.

"They said that I fit their system pretty well," Sorenson said. "I'm a good pass blocker and they have a formidable pass attack up there."

The Cougs were the first to offer Sorenson last spring and have quietly kept in close contact with him throughout the fall months. Eariler reports indicated Sorenson was looking more at other schools in recent months but Sorenson said his bond with Mastro was another reason why he decided to commit to the Cougs.

"He was the main coach recruiting me," Sorenson said of Mastro. "We have a pretty good relationship and it has me excited to be a Cougar. They offered me last spring and have been on me ever since. I'm excited about my decision."

Sorenson will be joined by teammate and future WSU wide receiver River Cracraft in Pullman later this summer. Sorenson becomes the 25th known verbal commit to Washington State's 2013 class. In addition WSU also has two grayshirts plus transfer running back Daniel Jenkins, who comes to Wazzu from Pac-12 foe Arizona.

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