BREAKING: Three-star Cali CB goes crimson

THE WASHINGTON STATE coaches have struck in California once again. This time, it was first-year assistant Roy Manning who reeled in a recruit for the Cougars. Moments ago, three-star cornerback Jalen Thompson committed to WSU and he told his relationship with Manning, coupled with the bright future he sees in Pullman, led him to pull the trigger in giving the staff his verbal.

Three-star cornerback Jalen Thompson, out of Downey, Calif., is a Coug.

"I committed to them about 10 minutes ago actually," Thompson told CF.C moments ago. "I really like the coaching staff at Washington State and everything they're about. They've been really genuine with me throughout the recruitment process. I feel like this is the best decision for my future."

Manning was indeed the point man in Thompson's recruitment and the two developed a quick bond.

"Coach Manning is my guy," Thompson said. "He has told me so many great things about the program and he really believes in me. When we spoke a couple of weeks ago, he couldn't stop talking about my potential and about how much he wanted me to be a Coug. I'm really looking forward to working with him and the other coaches at WSU."

Playing on one of the area's top teams a year ago, Thompson (pictured above) posted 57 tackles with one interception and caught 22 balls for 450 yards and four touchdowns. The Cougs like him at corner at the next level.

He posted a 36-inch vertical at the Opening Regional camp in L.A. this spring. He is an excellent student with a 3.6 GPA.

THE NEWEST COUGAR commit chose WSU over offers from San Diego State, Navy, Army and New Mexico, while Cal, Oregon State and Boise State were showing increased interest. Thompson is yet to visit Pullman, but that will change later this summer.

"You can just tell they're building something special up there," Thompson said. "I'm going to take a visit to the campus in late July and them I'm planning on taking my official visit over there in September. I'm excited to check everything out."

The 5-10, 170-pounder committed to WSU as a cornerback, but there's also a chance he could line up on the other side of the ball.

"The coaches really like how I use my hands and my feet," Thompson said. "I spoke with Coach David Yost not too long ago and he said he would like for me to play wide receiver for him. Maybe I could get on the other side of the ball as well.

"To be honest, I'll line up wherever they want me to. I'm just happy for this moment and I'm excited to be a part of the Cougar family. Right now, I'm 100 percent with WSU."

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