BREAKING: Kent lands first verbal for '15

OVER THE WEEKEND, countless prospects made their way to Pullman and Beasley Coliseum for an elite camp, hoping to turn the heads of the WSU staff. One player in particular, forward Jeff Pollard, did just that and landed an offer from the Cougs shortly after. And on Tuesday night, Pollard let coach Ernie Kent know he'll don a crimson uniform in 2015.

Bountiful, Utah, forward Jeff Pollard is a Coug.

"I committed to Washington State last night, and just announced it on my twitter page," Pollard said moments ago. "I spoke with Coach Kent about it and I knew WSU was the place for me. I was there over the weekend competing at the camp and Pullman was a great town."

At the elite camp, Pollard said he had the chance to showcase his skills to the staff and also got to know several members of the team.

"There was a lot of talent out there and we were all just competing," Pollard said. "WSU was an awesome place and I really enjoyed myself checking out the campus. Once I got the offer from Coach Kent, I knew I wanted to go there.

"When we spoke on the phone last night, he was very excited when I told him I wanted to commit. He told me it was the best news he could have received. It had me really excited to get up there and go play for him. The coaches as a whole are great and you can tell they're very knowledgable about the game."

IN ADDITION TO WSU, the 6-8, 215-pounder also held an offer from Southern Utah and was receiving interest from Portland and Weber State. As a junior last season for Bountiful High, Pollard recorded nine points and 11 rebounds per game.

"They want me to come into the program and be a guy who can rebound, but also score some points in the paint," Pollard said. "They're recruiting me as a power forward.

"I'd say my defense is the strongest part of my game. I can lock down my opponent and playing strong defense is something I take great pride in."

HIS DEFENSIVE PROWESS was on full display at the camp, he said.

"I had a meeting with Coach Kent shortly after we were done playing and he said he really liked my work ethic out on the floor," Pollard said. "He said I showed a lot of hustle out there, which was necessary because the camp was pretty competitive.

"I'm happy I was able to show my skills and the coaches believed in my talent and offered me the scholarship. I'm locked in with Washington State right now and I'll definitely be going there next season."

Pollard becomes the first known member of the 2015 class for the WSU hoops program.

NOTABLE:'s Josh Gershon reported Wednesday that WSU had made an offer to 2016 Earl Watson Elite AAU center Jayce Johnson of JSerra High in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

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