CF.C talks with new Cougar 3-star DT Lamonte McDougle

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON. Three-star defensive tackle Lamonte McDougle (6-1, 295) hails from Deerfield Beach, Fla., and held 15-plus offers, including nearby Miami as well as Stanford, Penn State and others. The No. 10-ranked DT in the state of Florida told CF.C why he's coming to Washington State, and also talked about his crimson connection with Mike Leach.

 Lamonte's dad is Stockar McDougle, a former offensive tackle and first-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions who played eight seasons for Detroit, Miami and Jacksonville.  Stockar played his college ball for Oklahoma and, you guessed it, was with the Sooners in 1999 when Leach was UO's offensive coordinator.  Now Lamonte, just like his dad, will play for Leach.

"Coach Leach knows my family pretty well, so that's pretty cool," said McDougle.

McDougle said several WSU coaches were involved in his recruitment, including his future d-line coach, Joe Salave'a. But Leach, through his relationship with Stockar, was the biggest influence.

"I really talked to all the coaches but Coach Leach was the one who offered me... I talked to Coach Leach tonight (to verbally commit) and he was really excited about it," said McDougle.

McDougle said WSU loves his versatility.

"They really liked how I can make a lot of plays  from a lot of different positions - I can play nose, I can play tackle... it's a pretty good opportunity for me because they don't really have that many young defensive tackles so coming in I would have a chance to play early," said McDougle.

McDougle is ranked the No. 10 DT in Florida, 26th in the South and No. 73 nationally.

"I definitely like that (Salave'a) doesn't just run a 3-4 -- he really mixes it up. I've watched several of the games (and) in the Miami game they used a bunch of different formations and I feel I'd be really effective with them. (Salave'a)  definitely has tremendous experience, I've been following some of the guys (he's coached) and what he's done with some of his more recent players," said McDougle.

McDougle pledged WSU sight unseen, although he's traveled to Washington during his dad's NFL days.

"I've always loved that area... but definitely the No. 1 thing was I love the formations on the defense that they run, and on the d-line," said McDougle.

McDougle said he plans to take an unofficial trip to WSU later this summer, likely in July.

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