BREAKING: Newest Coug verbal -- Renton 3-star DE Joe Tryon -- talks to

THREE-STAR defensive end prospect Joe Tryon out of Renton’s Hazen High made his decision on Friday, verbally committing to Washington State and becoming the third crimson pledge from the state of Washington. And it was certainly made easier by mom. CF.C talks to the newest member of Mike Leach’s 2017 recruiting class.

When it comes to recruiting truisms, this one has endured over the years: mom’s opinion counts most. And Tryon's mom definitely was on board with his decision.

“My mom, when we went there, she thought WSU was perfect for me,” Tryon told CF.C. “She was excited for me to stay in-state and to be able to watch me play college football.”

Tyron (6-5, 230) and family unofficially visited Washington State two weeks ago.  On the field, Tryon has quicks and a healthy wingspan. He is rated the No. 25 d-end prospect in the West by

“Once they offered me I knew I probably was going to go to WSU. I just wanted to get my mind off making my decision. Now I can get ready for the season and attacking once again for my school,” said Tryon.

RUNNING THE POINT for WSU was area recruiter Eric Mele and Tryon said the trust factor he and his family built up with Mele was a key factor in his decision.  Tryon also had contact this recruiting cycle with d-line coach Joe Salave’a and defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.

“Coach Mele was excited,” said Tryon about the phone call he placed to the WSU special teams coach. “I’m going to call the other coaches back later because they’re in meetings right now... they all just seemed to really know what they were doing… that’s what made me choose them,” said Tryon.

Tryon said he plans to take an unofficial visit to Pullman for a game this season, followed by his official trip to Wazzu.  Tryon projects as a Rush/DE/outside linebacker-type at Wazzu. CF.C asked Tryon what the WSU coaches liked most about him.

“Lean, speed and length,” said Tryon. “They like that I’ll be able to have a chance to get playing time, to get into the rotation as a true freshman.”

Tryon held offers from Washington State and EWU, with Oregon and UW lurking. Off the beaten path when it comes to recruiting at Hazen, he earned his WSU offer after attending the Cougs’ summer youth camp in June. At this time next year, he’ll be readying for his first Washington State fall camp.

“I just want to play football -- that’s it,” laughed Tryon.

Tryon becomes the 15th member of Mike Leach’s 2017 recruiting class, joining OL Abraham Lucas, WR Anthony White, CB Zaire Webb, Safety Charles Watson, OL Alec Kuzmack, DT Lamonte McDougle, OL George Moore, CB George Hicks, WR Tyquez Hampton, RB Cyrus Habibi-Likio, WR Isaiah Hodgins, QB Connor Neville, OL Dontae Powell and CB/S Tayari Venable.


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