BREAKING VERBAL: 3-star LB talks to CF.C

JUST ONE WEEK after landing a verbal from Chima Onyeukwu, the WSU staff picked up another commit from an outside linebacker on Sunday. Three-star Los Angeles, Calif., LB Derek Moore has gone crimson and he told his relationship with area recruiter Roy Manning was a big reason why.

Indeed, Crenshaw High's Moore will suit up for Washington State in 2016.

Moments ago, the 6-2, 220-pounder (pictured above) informed CF.C that he spoke with WSU outside linebackers coach Roy Manning to deliver the big news.

"I committed to Washington State about an hour ago," Moore said. "The coaches have been recruiting me since the ninth grade and Coach Manning has done a good job of staying in touch and keeping me informed about the school. We've talked a lot about my position and how I can help out the defense.

Moore, ranked three stars by, committed to WSU over offers from UNLV and Nevada. He was also receiving major interest from Utah.

MOORE HAS BEEN hearing from the Washington State staff for nearly three years, but was previously being recruited by former WSU assistant Dennis Simmons, now at Oklahoma. Manning has taken over the Los Angeles recruiting area and he's made an early splash based on the recruits we've talked with. As Moore's primary recruiter at WSU, he wasted no time in developing a strong bond that led to the newest Coug commit.

"We have a great relationship right now," Moore said. "We talk a lot about the school and how I can fit into the defense. He thinks I'd be a great fit at Washington State. He said they I remind him of himself when he was my age.

"We tell each other stories all the time. He's become like a friend to me, but at the same still he's still a coach. I spoke with him and a few other coaches when I committed and they were very excited."

Moore, who committed to WSU site unseen, said he's planning on taking his official visit in December. Moore said he's waiting until after his senior season to take the trip.

So what is WSU getting in the outside 'backer?

"The coaches at Washington State like my aggressiveness," Moore said. "Coach Manning said I'm a good pass rusher and that I'd be a great outside linebacker/defensive end. They want me be kind of a hybrid guy."

Moore is the 12th known commit for WSU's 2016 class. He joins Chima Onyeukwu, Cody Brewer, Grant Porter, Skyler Thomas, Joshua Watson, Josiah Westbrook, D'jimon Jones, Stephen Houston, Jalen Thompson, Renard Bell and Jihad Woods.

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