STILL MORE BREAKING: 3-star Cali DB is a Coug

THE WASHINGTON STATE COACHES have landed their third verbal commitment of the night, and second verbal pledge for the 2016 class. Moments ago, three-star defensive back Skyler Thomas announced he is heading to the Palouse. The newest Coug breaks down his decision with CF.C.

The WSU coaches have been recruiting Skyler Thomas (pictured above) since he was a sophomore and pulled the trigger on offering him about three weeks ago.

And that offer was a big one, Thomas said. Big enough that he closed his recruitment and gave the Cougar coaches his verbal commitment Wednesday night.

“I like the program as a whole and I really like the staff,” Thomas said. “Coach Ken Wilson is my guy. When I talk to him, he really makes me feel like Pullman should be my home. This is a good fit for me.”

Wilson, Thomas’ area recruiter, extended the newest Coug with the WSU scholarship in early June.

“I was very excited when I got that offer because I had been waiting on it for a long time,” Thomas said. “I spoke with them last year, but I think they wanted to see a little bit of me as a junior. When I got the offer, I knew I wanted to be a part of the program.”

THOMAS WAS A KEY figure for Citrus Hill High’s (Perris, Calif.) defense this season, making big-time plays at cornerback. In 2014, he recorded 86 tackles, four sacks and five forced fumbles.

“The Cougar coaches are recruiting me as either a nickelback or a cornerback,” Thomas said. “To be honest, I prefer to play cornerback. I like making plays on the ball.

“I’m a fast player and I like to think I’m pretty physical. I have a great football IQ and I’m ready to bring that to Washington State.”

THE NEWEST COUG committed to WSU over offers from Hawaii, Nevada, UNLV, Montana State, Northern Arizona, Wyoming and a few others.

“I like that Washington State is in the Pac-12,” Thomas said. “With their Air Raid offense, they bring in some of the top receivers in the country. I know that in practice, I’ll be going up against great talent throughout my career.

“I’m very solid with Washington State right now and I don’t see myself changing my commitment to anyone.”

Thomas becomes verbal commit No. 10 for WSU’s 2016 class, joining WR Grant Porter, OL Josh Watson, LB Jihad Woods, WR/CB Renard Bell, CB Jalen Thompson, WR Stephen Houston, QB Ian Book, WR D'Jimon Jones and WR Josiah Westbrook.

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