BREAKING: Leach lands Hercules

MIKE LEACH HAS landed a physical defensive end/linebacker type prospect out of Lahaina, Hawaii with a great first name for football -- Hercules. Indeed, Hercules Mata'afa has gone crimson and it's yet another Pac-12 battle won by Leach and the Cougs.

Mata'afa (6-3, 225) is in class at Lahainaluna High right now and said he won't have time to really talk until later today or tonight -- but he did give the headline.

"I committed to Washington State," he said.

Final tackle numbers were not immediately available at press time but Mata'afa racked up 24 tackles-for-loss and 15 Sacks this season according to KHON-TV in Hawaii.

Mata'afa, who had offers from Oregon State and others, plays defensive end at Lahainaluna but told CF.C this fall that the Cougs and others were projecting him as either a d-end or an outside linebacker.

Mata'afa, who is also an accomplished wrestler, becomes the *19th known verbal commit for the WSU class of 2014, joining DE Kingston Fernandez, RB Squally Canada, OL Miguel Machado, OL/HB Nick Begg, OL Andre Dillard, 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.

NOTE: 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 *22 the number of known future Cougs in the 2014 crop.

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