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Tacoma OL Quazzel White all smiles after landing WSU offer

IT WAS AN OFFER he was hoping would come through. And so when in-state offensive lineman Quazzel White spoke with area recruiter Eric Mele on Tuesday and got word that he was being offered a Pac-12 scholarship, the Lincoln product really couldn’t stop smiling. Landing his tender from Washington State was a big one, he told

You can add WSU to the list of programs who have offered the 6-4, 300-pounder.

“I  was pretty excited,” White said. “I was trying really hard to stop smiling. Coach Mele told me that my three-game tape was really impressive. They run the Air Raid offense and we do that as well at my school. I know the system. He said they had to pull the trigger.”

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The offensive tackle prospect holds double-digit offers, including WSU, Fresno State, Utah State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Hawaii and others. White said he’s also been receiving interest from Washington, Boise State and Arizona.

He won’t forget that the Cougs were the first Pac-12 school to send an offer his way, though. 

“It’s huge," he said. “Since a couple months back, I’ve been talking with peers about how great it would be to land that first (Pac-12) offer. It happened and it’s an exciting feeling. I’ve been patiently waiting and I’m grateful it came.

"Coach Mele said he really liked my vertical step. That's a big part of being a tackle. He said that's one of the main things that stood out about my tape."

White is no stranger to WSU, having tripped to Pullman over the summer for a Washington State Junior Day event. He’ll be returning to the Palouse this winter.

“I loved it when I was there,” White said. “I’m definitely going to be going back for an official visit. The coaches said they want me to come after the season, sometime in December.”

White is yet to set up any of his official visits, but said that he’s planning on taking all five. He added that a college decision will come after he takes his trips.

Here are more WSU recruiting notes for you:

• On Tuesday, the Cougars coaches sent out an offer to junior defensive back Phillip Mills. The 6-3, 200-pounder also holds an offer from Boise State. 

• Three-star defensive line commit Lamonte McDougle has been selected to play in the 2016 Blue Grey Football All-American Bowl.

• On Monday, the Cougs were busy at Hawkins High (Los Angeles), giving offers to Eric Fuller and De'Gabriel Floyd. Fuller is a four-star wide receiver from the 2018 class, while Floyd is four-star athlete from the 2019 class.


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