Dominick Silvels

BREAKING: San Diego verbal Dominick Silvels speaks to the power of a WSU official visit

DOMINICK SILVELS (6-3, 205) is classified as a wide receiver on but he’ll be playing defense at Washington State. And the San Diego product out of Henry High also says he went into his visit at Washington State this past weekend thinking he would probably sign with someone else. So what turned him around? CF.C found out in our conversation with the newest Cougar.

We’ve mention it before and we’ll say it again – Mike Leach and Co. do one heckuva job on official visit weekends.

“I didn’t really think that it would be them to be honest,” Silvels told CF.C.  “Going into the trip I was really open minded but I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did. But it was so great being around the coaches, the players, the people around (the program).  It’s a really nice college town and honestly, Cougar Nation is really, really excited about everything to do with football.”

After Silvels’ trip to Pullman, WSU area recruiter and d-coordinator Alex Grinch then had a clinching in-home visit on Monday in the Silvels living room.

“Coach Grinch came by my house and told me they really liked me and really wanted me to commit. I talked it over with my parents and there it is,” said Silvels.

Cougar recruiting fans have been thinking about Silvels in terms of a wide receiver -- but he’ll be lining up on the defensive side of the ball, he told CF.C. 

We only had a few minutes to talk with Silvels, he was in between classes, but it sounds like he will get his first look at nickel and could also fit smartly at a few different spots on D as he develops -- perhaps a la Isaac Dotson, who has played safety, nickel and now WIL linebacker over his WSU career.  Silvels said he spent the majority of his visit with linebackers coach Ken Wilson.

“I’m actually playing nickel,” said Silvels. “They said they like that I’m very versatile. I’m also very fast, and tall. So they see me putting a little more weight on too – they like fast, versatile and athletic players on defense. And I can play multiple positions so that was in their reasoning too … I’m up to 205 pounds now.”

Silvels, currently rated on a 2-star wide receiver prospect, committed to WSU over offers from Utah State, San Jose State and others. He said he has cancelled his planned official this weekend to Utah State.

“I’m not visiting any more schools,” said Silvels.

Silvels said things started to get serious with Washington State recruiting-wise back in October/November. Being able to reconnect with Dezmon Patmon, his former teammate at Henry High, and also bond with the Cougar players this past weekend was key to his decision.

“I really clicked with the players and really fast. I just knew, I would even say Saturday, that I would feel comfortable at that school,” said Silvels.

Silvels said he won’t use the fact WSU was his lone Pac-12 offer as motivation. Rather, it’s just about putting in the work now.

“I’m just going to come and play my hardest, work to earn a starting position,” said Silvels.

Silvels first announced his decision on Twitter.

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