He certainly is. Venable made that more than clear with Cougfan.com on Tuesday night.
“My commitment to Washington State is pretty strong right now,” Venable said. “I’m actually trying to do my part in helping them land some more recruits. I’m recruiting my teammate Jaylon Redd right now. I’m trying to get him to go up there with me.”
Redd, also a senior-to-be this fall at Rancho Cucamonga High with Venable, is ranked four stars and the No. 18 cornerback in the country by Scout.com. He holds offers from Arizona State, Michigan, Cal, Oregon, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Utah, Washington, Boise State and many others.
Venable added that he has remained in constant communication with WSU since giving them his verbal last summer. Inside linebackers coach Ken Wilson is the point man on the 6-1, 180-pounder.
“My relationship with him (Wilson) is going pretty good right now,” Venable said. “We talk all the time. He sends me stuff about WSU a lot. We have a good relationship going.”
The California product committed to WSU sight unseen, but is hoping to make his first visit to the Palouse in the near future.
“The goal is for me to get there sometime this summer,” Venable said. “I want to get up there after my track season and after all my 7-on-7 tournaments.”
WSU isn’t the only school he’s planning on visiting this summer, though. Despite being committed, Venable said he does plan on taking other trips to college campuses. As of right now, he is planning on taking unofficial visits to Washington and Cal this summer. Neither school has offered.
Currently, Venable holds offers from WSU, UNLV, Hawaii and Eastern Washington. Cal, UW, UCLA, USC and others are continuing to show interest. Venable reiterated that his commitment to WSU was strong.
“They want me to come up there and play defensive back,” he said. “We’re not sure where, but they said anywhere in the (defensive) backfield. Right now, I’m just working on getting faster and stronger on my breaks. I’ve been running track since the seventh grade and it helps.”
As a junior this past season, Venable recorded 50 tackles, one interception and three pass deflections.