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BREAKING: JUCO OT George Moore commits to WSU during visit, breaks down decision with CF.C

FOR THE SECOND TIME this week, the Cougar coaches are celebrating a commitment. On Thursday, College of San Mateo offensive lineman George Moore arrived to WSU for a three-day unofficial visit to the Palouse. And on his final day in town, the JUCO product decided to give the staff some big news.

Moore is a Coug.

“I committed to Washington State,” the newest WSU verbal told moments ago. “Of all the schools that were recruiting me, Washington State was my favorite school.

“The coaches have been on me for a while and they did the best job of reaching out. They always talk to me about things other than football. They want to make sure I’m doing well in school.”

The Cougs, who landed a commitment from prep cornerback George Hicks III on Wednesday, were the first school to offer Moore, sending a tender his way on June 12. 

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Since then, the 6-7, 305-pound offensive tackle added a recent offer from Fresno State. In addition to WSU and FSU, he was also receiving interest from USC, Missouri, Cal, Louisville and others.

His close relationship with WSU's Jim Mastro helped seal the deal, though. 

“Right when they offered, I was excited because I knew I had the opportunity to play for one of the top programs in the country. Coach Mastro is from the Bay Area and he told me that WSU is a program on the rise.

“He and Coach Clay McGuire have told me that it’s more of a brotherhood than anything else at Washington State. It’s a great college town and I’ll be getting a great education. I’ll really be making some lifetime connections up there.”

Moore is on pace to graduate in December and will arrive to WSU in January to begin his Cougar career. He’ll also have the opportunity to participate in WSU’s ’17 spring football practices next March. After a medical redshirt last season, he'll have 3-to-play-3 at WSU.

When Moore does arrive to WSU, he’ll be reunited with WSU defensive back Robert Taylor, his stepbrother. Taylor also went the JUCO route, signing with the Cougs after two seasons with the City College of San Francisco. 

“That was big for me too because I’ve always wanted to play with Robert again,” Moore said. “We played together our senior year of high school, but haven’t since. He’s told me a lot of great things about WSU and the program. 

“The environment up here is a big college town. Pullman is all about its football program and the people really love their athletes. I can’t wait to experience it as a student.” 

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