BREAKING: Cougs land massive 3-star OT

HE HASN'T EVEN begun his senior year of high school and he already checks in at 6-foot-7, 311 pounds. He camped at Wazzu back in June and things went swimmingly, with the Cougs jumping to the top of his leaderboard. Late Thursday, the three-star offensive tackle prospect went crimson over six other offering schools.

Braden Eggert out of Napa, Calif. has become yet another WSU camper who later pledged crimson.

"I committed," Eggert told CF.C. "I visited other schools, but I liked Washington State the best."

Eggert held offers from Oregon State, Boise State, Nevada, Fresno State, San Diego State and Northern Colorado.

His prep coach told CF.C's Braulio Perez earlier this spring that as good a junior prospect as Eggert is now, he could be ready for a show-stopping senior season, having transferred to Napa High the summer before and learning their system on the fly.

"This year I expect him to explode now that he is comfortable with his surroundings," says Napa High coach Troy Mott.

EGGERT SAID THE camp experience at Washington State, one where he tutored under o-line coach Clay McGuire, was key to his decision.

"I really like him as a person and coach," said Eggert. "At the camp I got to meet him, see how he coaches and everything.

"The camp and (unofficial) visit, that was one of the main reason I chose Washington State. I really like their program and how they're changing it up there."

WITH EGGERT, THE Cougars are getting the kind of o-lineman Mike Leach covets -- large and light on his feet.

"They liked my size and athletic ability, my footwork... and I'm still going to be working on my footwork to get better," said Eggert.

"Braden is a tremendous athlete…his ability to move is what sets him apart from other big men I've seen come out of high school. He has great hip flexibility that allows him to explode out of his stance," says Mott.

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Eggert will come to Washington State as a left tackle. He was recently tabbed No. 14 by on their lost of California's Top 25 offensive line prospects.

"Go Cougs!" said Eggert.

Eggert is the 10th verbal pledge for Washington State in the 2014 class, joining CB Joe Turner, K Tristan Vizcaino, CB Kevin Griffin, WR Calvin Green, WR Keith Harrington, WR Zaire Andre, LB Greg Hoyd, NT/DE Marcus Griffin and QB Peyton Bender.

  • Vizcaino this year attended a kicking camp at WSU and last year, ATH/QB Isaac Dotson, OL Cole Madison and OL Cody O'Connell all attended a Washington State camp where they earned WSU scholarship offers, later signing with the Cougs on Letter of Intent Day.

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