BREAKING: Everett OL Watson verbals to WSU

MIKE LEACH has picked up his third in-state verbal commitment in just over a week. On Friday afternoon, Everett o-lineman Josh Watson was busy calling the other schools who had offered to let them know he had pledged Washington State. But he was good enough to take some time talk to about his decision to go crimson.

"I just committed to WSU," Watson told

Watson, a 6-5, 270-pound offensive lineman out of Cascade High, called Washington State "a perfect fit."

He said his future position coach along with his area recruiter at WSU, Clay McGuire and Eric Mele, respectively, were big factors in his decision.

"Coach McGuire told me I have a natural roll of the hips and a 'pop' of the hips that you can't really teach," said Watson. "He liked how I was able to engage on my blocks and said I was something special.

"Coach McGuire and Coach Mele are awesome, just the coolest guys."

Watson chose Washington State over offers from Boise State, Fresno State and others.

The Cougar Football Complex also caught his attention.

"I liked the facilities a lot, it was really amazing how everything is close together and it’s all new," said Watson.

Watson said having several close friends already at Washington State and a great Business program were also considerations.

"I just felt it was the perfect fit for me,” said Watson. “And it’s in Washington state -- close to my family. I feel like it’s perfect."

He wasn't sure if the Cougs see him at o-tackle or guard.

"I honestly couldn't tell you but I feel like I can both," said Watson, "if I work hard enough."

Watson becomes the third in-state product in Mike Leach's 2016 class, joining WR Josiah Wetbrook out of Bellingham and WR/CB D'Jimon Jones from Federal Way.

Watson is the eighth known verbal commitment in WSU's 2016 class, joining QB Ian Book, LB Jihad Woods, WR/CB Renard Bell, CB Jalen Thompson, WR Stephen Houston, Jones and Westbrook.

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