BREAKING: Cougs land 6-7 Cali o-tackle

BRANDON EVERS, a 6-7, 290-pound offensive tackle out of Redding, Calif., who officially visited Washington State this past weekend, has seen all he needs to see when it come to the recruiting process. He verbally committed to Mike Leach and Washington State on Tuesday, he tells

"I just committed to Washington State," Evers said.

Evers becomes the second o-lineman to go crimson in the last two days, joining Woodinville OL Andre Dillard.

And it's safe to say the trip out to the Palouse knocked Evers' socks off.

"It's just everything about the program... They're on the rise," said Evers. "Everyone says the same thing: They believe in Coach Mike Leach, they're going to get there and they're going to be the ones to take it there. I really wanted to be part of that."

Evers, as CF.C reported yesterday, got to see the Cougs in a bowl practice setting over the weekend. He plans on helping make that commonplace at Wazzu in the years to come.

"I see the program becoming a real powerhouse and I want to be a part of it," said Evers.

"He's a very consistent, solid kid," Enterprise head man Darren Trueblood told CF.C earlier. "He's smart in the classroom (4.3 GPA) and on the football field, a real no-nonsense type of kid who has done great for us."

INDEED, EVERS HAS BEEN a powerhouse for Enterprise High the past two seasons up front. Early on in his football career he played QB and WR before finding his true calling on the offensive line. He's blocked for two standout running backs the past two seasons in Brad Woods and Izzy Matthews at Enterprise.

But he said what really caught the eye of the Cougar coaching staff was with his pass blocking -- Evers is big, athletic and has very long arms.

Evers had offers from WSU and SDSU, with Oregon, Washington and Stanford all showing verying shades of interest. After his official visit to WSU, he sat down to talk with parents about staying closer to home or heading to SDSU. It didn't take long.

"It was a combination of me talking to my parents and of my parents trusting me -- this is where I said I want to go and they said they will fully support me with that," said Evers.

Evers talked to his future position coach first, o-line coach Clay McGuire with whom he's built a very strong bond. And he also talked with area recruiter Jim Mastro and gave him the news.

"They were both thrilled -- Coach McGuire, he was ecstatic, he can't wait for me to get there," said Evers.

Evers had in-homes this past week with Washington State and SDSU leading up to his Wazzu visit. The Cougs offered about a month ago.

EVERS AND ENTERPRISE are rolling this season, they're 12-0 and just won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II title. They have been selected to play Manteca in the NorCal bowl on Saturday.

"Go Cougs!" said Evers.

  • Evers becomes the 15th known verbal commit for the class of 2014, joining OL Andre Dillard, S Darren Gardenhire, DT Ngalu Tapa, LB Chandler Leniu, OL Sean Krepsz, LB Frank Luvu, CB Joseph Turner, K Tristan Vizcaino, CB Kevin Griffin, WR Calvin Green, WR Keith Harrington, WR Zaire Andre, LB Greg Hoyd and QB Peyton Bender.

  • Three more who delayed their enrollment at WSU from the 2013 recruiting class pool – CB Markell Sanders, CB Marcellus Pippins and BUCK/DL Dylan Hanser -- are expected to arrive in January, boosting to 18 the number of known future Cougs in the 2014 crop.

  • In addition to 2013 holdovers Sanders, Pippins and Hanser, three from the '14 cycle -- Krepsz, Green and Turner are all expected to arrive early to WSU in January as well. Krepsz and Green are graduating high school early, while Turner is getting his AA early in December.

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