BREAKING: QB talks to CF.C about WSU verbal

MIKE LEACH HAS found both his quarterback and first known commitment of the Cougs' 2014 recruiting class. Peyton Bender, a 6-2, 180-pounder out of Florida talked to CF.C about his commitment and more...

Bender, out of Fort Lauderdale's Cardinal Gibbons High, has been in town since Wednesday and has attended two WSU spring practices.

He was offered by Leach on Friday and jumped on board than 24 hours later.

"I just committed to Washington State," Bender said. "The coaches were awesome and I feel I fit great into their offense, so I went ahead and decided to commit."

BENDER IS YET another example on how Leach does not follow the crowd when it comes to recruiting -- WSU was his first offer.

"My high school coach has been in contact with them since last season," said Bender. "And then January was the first time I talked to them, and then I decided to come up and see Washington State. I love it here. They offered Friday."

Bender's offensive coordinator, Matt Dubuc, is a Texas Tech graduate and a big fan of Leach.

BENDER IS A member of the Sun Sentinel Top 50 for the Class of 2014.

What makes Bender a good fit for WSU?

"The WSU coaches like that I have a quick release, I run... their offense at my high school and have a good understanding of what they're trying to do and how to do it," said Bender.

Bender characterized himself as a pocket passer.

"I don't get out and run much," he said.

COMING ALL THE way from Florida, Bender said the distance did not factor at all into his decision.

"No hesitancy, none at all," he said. "Anywhere you go you're playing in different time zones… it's just not a big deal. I'm just really excited to be a Coug!"

As a junior, the Miami Herald regular season stat book had Bender completing 96-of-176 passes for 1,402 yards with 15 TDs against six interceptions.

Of note, Bender shared time with a senior quarterback last season.

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