BREAKING: Lacey 3-star DE Kelle Sanders verbals, Coug coaches break out into jumping jacks in Lewiston

LACEY 3-STAR defensive end prospect Kelle Sanders verbally committed to Washington State just before the Cougs’ fall camp practice in Lewiston on Saturday. Immediately after the River Ridge High product pledged crimson, Sanders told, he was informed that all the WSU coaches had begun jumping around on the field.

WSU’s Eric Mele is the area recruiter for Sanders (6-5, 220).

“Very big news. I was talking to coach Mele on the phone and then he gave the phone to everyone else. They were very excited. One coach told me they were all doing jumping jacks out on the field,” Sanders laughed.

Sanders has had Washington State and Missouri tied at the top of his list for a while but said clarity emerged for him on Saturday.

“It was just instinct. Something just told me to do it so I did it,” said Sanders.

Washington State, Sanders says, likes his speed, size, length and frame. 

“They see me getting after the quarterback, maybe some looks at outside linebacker a little bit, but more so I’m going to be playing defensive end and getting after the quarterback,” said Sanders.

Sanders, who also held offers from Mizzou, Wyoming, Eastern and others, posted 11 sacks as a junior (school record) along with 8 quarterback hurries and four pass deflections.

Sanders is the fourth member of Mike Leach’s 2017 recruiting class from the state of Washington (Renton’s Joe Tryon, Everett’s Abraham Lucas, Richland’s Dontae Powell).

Sanders becomes the 16th member of Mike Leach’s 2017 recruiting class, joining DE Tryon, OL 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 Powell and CB/S Tayari Venable.

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