UPDATED: New WSU verbal OL talks to CF.C

KEENEN KING, a 3-star OT prospect out of Las Vegas with double-digit offers including rides from Arizona State, Oregon State, Colorado and Boise State has been thinking crimson for a while now. On Sunday night, he verballed to Washington State and became the 17th known pledge of Mike Leach's 2016 class.

"I just committed to Washington State," Keenen King (6-4, 302) told CF.C

King took an unofficial visit this summer to Washington State with his parents and grandma in two. They all came away beaming.

"They loved it," said King. "It's where I wanted to be - it's just a good school overall... it has everything that fit my criteria."

Cougar offensive line coach Clay McGuire was King’s primary area recruiter (with d-line coach Joe Salave’a staying in touch too).  King said he will play o-line at Wazzu, and McGuire is a big reason why.

“Coach McGuire is the one I want to play for,” said King of McGuire, who pulled in double-digit offers this recruiting cycle. “He’s a good guy, fun to talk to and I could tell he was a great coach in just the way he talked to me.

“They liked my character. They liked how I play – physical and fast. They said they just loved me overall as a kid. They think I’m versatile – I can play guard, I can play tackle. They just think I’m a good lineman.”

It sounds like King had McGuire and Leach amped up when he called Sunday night to tell them he was pledging Washington State.

“I talked to Coach McGuire -- he was super, super excited and then I talked to Coach Leach and he was super, super excited too,” said King.

King met Luke Falk during his summer unofficial and he gave him a ring as well on Sunday night.

“He asked me how I was doing, how my season was going and he said he’s excited to play with me and have me protecting his blind side,” said King.

King, who will take his official out on the Palouse the weekend of Dec. 4, said he stayed up late Saturday night just like a lot of other Cougfans to watch Wazzu’s thrilling 31-27 win at UCLA. His assessment of the Cougs’ play and program?

“They’re getting good,” said King.

Washington State has 17 known verbals in the 2016 class, with King joining CB Marcus Strong, ATH Justus Rogers DE Mason Vinyard, CB Isaiah Love, LB Derek Moore, LB Chima Onyeukwu, QB Cody Brewer, WR Grant Porter, CB/Nickel Skyler Thomas, OL Joshua Watson, WR Josiah Westbrook, WR/CB D'Jimon Jones, WR Stephen Houston, CB Jalen Thompson, WR/CB Renard Bell and LB Jihad Woods.

King and Arbor View High (10-1) take on their rival and six-time defending state champion Bishop Gorman in the Sunset championship game this week. It’s the third straight season the times have faced one other in the playoffs. Bishop Gorman earlier this year rolled over state of Washington power Bellevue 35-7.

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