WSU in top two for 3-star Lacey DE

WSU EXTENDED an offer to in-state defensive end Kelle Sanders this past week, and immediately jumped up his leaderboard. A decision could be coming soon, Sanders told

WSU offered the 6-5, 215-pounder last Thursday after recruiting him hard the past three months, and it was a big one, Sanders told CF.C

“I was as happy as can be,” Sanders said. “It was my first Pac-12 offer, which was huge. I spoke with Coach (Eric) Mele and he told me that I fit their scheme and that my speed would be key for their defense.”

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Sanders holds offers from Washington State, Missouri, Wyoming, Colorado State, Eastern and a few others. He’s also receiving interest from Oregon, Fresno State, Portland State and Montana.

But if you ask the Lacey product out of River Ridge High, two schools are standing out the most right now. 

“I would definitely say that Missouri and Washington State are sticking out right now,” he said. “Right now, those would be my top two schools.”

What is it about WSU that has Sanders so interested in the Cougs?

“I just like how they’re coming up right now,” Sanders said. “A couple of years ago, they weren’t doing so well and now they’re playing well. They were the first ones to show interest. It feels great to have the offer from them. I don’t know how to explain it. I’m pretty speechless.”

Sanders is yet to visit the WSU campus, but said he’s planning on taking an unofficial visit to the Palouse sometime this summer. His college commitment could be coming before that too, though, he said. 

“I’m hoping to make my decision either in late June or early July,” Sanders said. “I have to talk everything over with my family first, but a decision could be coming soon.”

Sanders, who is planning on studying business management in college, said academics will play a major role in his decision.

Elsewhere in WSU recruiting, future Cougar wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins is now ranked four stars on

"Hodgins is a long, athletic receiver with excellent hands and body control. He was our choice as the top receiver we saw at the Opening Regional in Oakland and should catch a ton of balls at Washington State in the coming years," wrote's Greg Biggins.

Hodgins is now ranked the No. 50 wide receiver prospect nationally and the No. 6 wideout in the West on

WSU has five known verbal commits, with three of them ranked four stars. For the commit list, CLICK HERE.

Also, the Cougar coaches continue to remain in close contact with Gig Harbor offensive tackle Cody Kanouse

“I’m speaking to them quite often actually,” the 6-7, 290-pounder said. “It’s definitely good to keep in touch with them. I speak with Coach Mele a lot and also Coach (Clay) McGuire.”

Kanouse, who has already taken a visit to Pullman, continues to be impressed with the thought of potentially playing in the Air Raid offense.

“It’s a great program and you can’t beat the highest passing rate in the Pac-12,” Kanouse said. “I know Cole Madison pretty well. I actually know a number of guys and they have nothing but good things to say about WSU. They’re looking good right now and definitely on the rise.

“I’m very interested in them right now. I’m a grinder and I put people on the ground. I use my length well and that goes with pass blocking. I’d have no problem running with an offense like that.”

Kanouse, who also holds offers from Hawaii and Idaho, said he’ll be heading to WSU in early September with his team to watch the Cougs take on Idaho. He’s planning on making his college commitment after his senior season. 

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