BREAKING: Cougs with surprise signing in Dale

A POST-SIGNING DAY SURPRISE - and then some. Washington State has signed Hunter Dale, a 6-0, 190-pound safety prospect out of River Ridge, La., who held offers from Oregon, Notre Dame, ASU, Florida, Miami and several others.

Dale out of John Curtis Christian High never named a leader throughout his recruiting process. He announced his decision moments ago at his high school, saying he'll also try his hand at baseball for the Cougars.

Dale is rated three stars and the No. 81 safety prospect nationally on His offers list is impressive.

With the signing, the Cougars' 2015 recruiting class now numbers 25.

The Cougs' point man on Dale was Alex Grinch. Washington State's defensive coordinator, who is also in charge of the defensive backs, has recruiting ties in Louisiana. Jarrail Jakcson, WSU's Director of Player Relations, also has ties in the area.

Dale in his senior season finished with 53 tackles, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three interceptions. He also averaged 22.1 yards on eight punt returns and took one back for a touchdown. He finished his career with 16 career interceptions and 110 solo tackles.

Dale wanted to wait until Signing Day to make his decision but after some of his top choices decided they couldn't wait and filled up, Dale took some extra time to reevaluate and make his final decision, culminating in his signing on Monday with the Cougars.

Dale briefly pledged Nebraska back in July before re-opening his recruiting process. Florida, Oregon, Mississippi State and Miami were all at one time high on his list.

Hunter Dale profile

On the baseball diamond his junior season, Dale recorded nine doubles, two triples, one home run, 24 runs scored and eight stolen bases.

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