UPDATED: 6-foot-8 DE/DL goes crimson

MIKE LEACH landed another piece to the puzzle on Monday night. WSU offered DE/DL Jalen Canty a while back, but his stock has been steadily rising over the last few weeks, landing offers from Oregon and Utah. The 6-8, 270-pounder made his college choice known earlier tonight, and said he's Washington State-bound. CF.C spoke with the newest Coug, who also provided some good news for WSU hoop fans.

The decision is in -- Canty says he will play for the Cougs in 2014.

"It's official! I will be playing next year at WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY! ," Canty announced on his twitter page moments ago.

After his announcement on twitter, Canty told Cougfan.com more about the reasons behind his commitment.

The St. Vincent-St. Patrick High product out of Vallejo, Calif., landed offers this recruiting cycle from Oregon, Utah, Fresno State and Washington in addition to Washington State. In addition, Canty said that coaches from Vanderbilt called him tonight to extend him a scholarship offer, but he turned them down. He added that he is 100 percent solid with the Cougs and won't be taking any other visits.

"It came down to the players and the relationships with the coaches," Canty told CF.C. "And they were underdogs in the Pac-12 this year. I want to help them build their team."

CANTY HOSTED WSU assistants Joe Salave'a and Eric Russell for an in-home visit this evening and gave them the news they wanted to hear.

"They were both jumping out of their chairs," Canty said. "They said I can bring size to the team and if I'm hungry enough and work hard I can start (as a freshman)."

As a senior, Canty recorded 76 tackles -- and 22 sacks. He was named first team OL/DL East Bay earlier this month.

WSU BASKETBALL FANS should also be excited about Canty's decision to head to Washington State. He tells CF.C he plans on playing both sports in college.

"I spoke with the basketball coaches and they told me they would love for me to come hoop," Canty said.

Canty, who is rated a three-star power forward by Scout.com, said he had the chance to speak with WSU head man Ken Bone during his official visit in Pullman last week and he's 100 percent committed to playing both sports in college. He added that the WSU football coaches said this would be fine with them as well.

Earlier this recruiting cycle, Canty said he held basketball offers from Washington, Boise State, Nevada, New Mexico, Santa Clara and a few others.

His moves on the hardcourt speak to his athleticism:

Canty becomes the 26th known member of WSU's 2014 recruiting class and fourth defensive lineman.

In trying to dissect the numbers, it's the opinion from this corner that the upshot of Canty's commitment for a local defensive lineman, Bellevue High's Marcus Griffin, is that WSU may no longer be an option available to him. Griffin, who was once was verbally committed to WSU, has said he will announce his decision on LOI Day, with WSU, Cal, Arizona and Mississippi State in his final four.

Canty joins a crimson '14 crop that includes WR Barry Ware, CB Patrick Porter, CB Sulaiman Hameed, WR Ronald, Monroe, DE Hercules Mata'afa, DE Kingston Fernandez, RB Squally Canada, OL Miguel Machado, OL Brandon Evers, OL/HB Nick Begg, OL Andre Dillard, DT Ngalu Tapa, OL Sean Krepsz, LB Frank Luvu, CB Joseph Turner, CB Kevin Griffin, WR Calvin Green, WR Keith Harrington, WR Zaire Andre, LB Greg Hoyd and QB Peyton Bender. WR Sebastian LaRue enrolled at WSU last week and three others, S Markell Sanders, CB Marcellus Pippins and LB/DE Dylan Hanser, enrolled at WSU earlier in January.

Here's his entertaining highlight reel.

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