Inside new OL verbal for WSU's 2013 class

FOR THE NEWEST member of Washington State's 2013 class, College of San Mateo offensive lineman Devonte McClain, the recruiting process had been long and stressful. But the 6-5, 295-pounder heard the words he had been waiting for Sunday night and committed to Washington State on the spot. Here's how he became a Cougar – and it speaks to the power of moving pictures. CF.C talks to the new Coug…

The big assist for the McClain-WSU connection belongs to Tim Tulloch, CSM's defensive coordinator. Tulloch handles recruiting for the Bulldogs and sent WSU film on the sophomore OL, McClain said.

"I was talking heavily to UAB and I think they were close to offering, but I didn't think that's where I wanted to go because it's kind of far way," McClain said. "I talked with Coach Tulloch and asked him if he could help me stay on the West Coast.

"He contacted some coaches for me, including Washington State, and I really have him to thank for this. He got my name out there and let the coaches see my film. That's what helped me be a Coug."

That film turned the heads of the WSU staff, (Hudl video of McClain is below.)

"The Washington State staff likes that I'm quick for my size and how physical I am on the offensive line," McClain said. "Coach (Jim Mastro) told me they liked my film a lot and that Coach Mike Leach was impressed with what he saw. They're excited to have me be a part of the family and I can't tell you how excited I am to be a part of it as well."

So what kind of prospect did the Cougs land? Tulloch said he's athletic, has a motor that doesn't stop and that his best days are ahead of him.

"He's just a player who has a ton of upside," Tulloch said. "He's got great height and weight and a very good wingspan, which is going to help him in the Pac-12. Anytime you play in an offense like Coach Leach's, it's good to have guys like Devonte who are athletic. He's a guy who will definitely be able to protect the quarterback."

McCLAIN SAID HE was offered by the WSU staff Sunday night at around 8:30 p.m. and immediately let Mastro know he wanted to be a Coug.

"They offered me the scholarship and I accepted it right away," McClain said. "This is just a huge blessing for me. It's already June and a lot of schools are starting their summer workouts and I had no place to call home. I was worried about that, but now I can say I'm a Washington State Cougar and that's a huge weight off my shoulders."

McCLAIN, WHO graduated from CSM last month, will head to Pullman this Friday to tour the campus. After that, he said he's planning on moving to the Palouse permanently at some point the following week. When he arrives at Wazzu, he'll be reconnected with some familiar faces.

Current Cougs Justin Sagote and Lyman Faoliu are CSM products and McClain said defensive lineman Toni Pole and he became best friends back in the day. All that made the decision to commit to WSU that much sweeter, he said.

"Having all those guys up there already is going to be awesome," McClain said. "Toni was my best friend in high school and I'm very close with his family. It's funny because we kind of made a pact after high school that once he went to WSU and I went to CSM, I'd do whatever was necessary to get myself up there with him.

"I just thank God it all worked out."

McClain was selected first-team NorCal offensive line for CSM this past season and had been receiving interest from several schools including Texas Tech, Hawaii, SDSU and UAB. However, no offers were extended and McClain said he wasn't sure what his future had in store.

But then a video tape started him along the path to Wazzu.

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McClain was listed by as 6-4, 275 but he tells us he checks in at 6-5, 295 pounds.

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