BREAKING: WSU lands DL, former OSU verbal

HUNTER MATTOX went crimson on Saturday, as the 6-4, 260-pounder out of Chatsworth, Calif. switched his verbal commitment from another Pac-12 school to Washington State. Mattox could be a defensive end at the start of his college career out on the Palouse -- and a d-tackle by the end of it.

That's because Hunter Mattox told Scout.com earlier this year he's still growing.

"I'm supposed to grow three more inches and they feel I'll be able to get up to 280-290 pounds,” said Mattox.

Before he left for Wazzu, Mattox told Cougfan.com he was waiting to hear from the new staffs at Oregon State and Nebraska, with Mike Riley leaving Corvallis recently for the Cornhuskers. “I’m pretty interested in WSU right now. They have new facilities and really good coaches. I have to see how I like it when I go over there. This is my first official visit," said Mattox. Mattox, who also held offers from OSU and Fresno State, first verbally committed to Oregon State back in June but about 24 hours after arriving in Pullman for an official visit, he verballed to Mike Leach and WSU according to a prep source.

Before the trip, Mattox said the plan was to take more official trips and make his decision sometime in January but things can change quickly in recruiting, especially during an official visit. His main concern, he told told CF.C before getting on the plane to Pullman, was to be sure that if he did decide to decommit, he would do it only once and not repeat the process later down the road.

Scout.com's evaluation of Mattox notes he plays with plenty of power and advanced technique.

Mattox won't leave Pullman until Sunday and we'll bring you his thoughts once we hear from him.

Area recruiter Jim Mastro was running the point for Washington State, with Cougar d-line coach Joe Salave'a also involved.

Hunter Mattox, 2-stars; 6-4, 260; Chatsworth, Calif.



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