Two future Coug defensemen ready to sign with Wazzu; There's a common denominator between the two

HE’S ARGUABLY BEEN one of the more unsung commitments in Washington State’s 2017 class: junior college defensive end Preston Hendry. But the 6-5, 235-pounder out of Orange Coast College, rated No. 58 nationally among all JUCO players, could end up playing a large role in WSU’s 2017 campaign. CF.C spoke with Hendry and another future Cougar defensemen on Thursday, Cole Dubots. And there’s a common denominator between the two.


Hendry, who confirmed to CF.C he’ll be signing with WSU on Wednesday, said the Cougar coaches envision him putting heat on opposing quarterbacks in 2017. 

“They like my speed and they like my motor,” said Hendry. “They want me to try and make a direct impact, and they feel I can do that right away.

Hendry has 3-to-play-2. He had recent WSU in-homes with Mike Leach, d-coordinator Alex Grinch and area recruiter Dave Nichol all stopping by the last couple weeks. 

“Coach Nichol was at my house on Sunday, and Coach Leach and Coach Grinch were at my house last Wednesday,” said Hendry.  “…I’m going to be playing strong side defensive end, and it could be a possibility that I could play the RUSH end also. But primarily, they want me to play the strong side.

“It just seemed like a real family environment. They’ve been winning the past couple years and are definitely on the rise. And they had a spot for me to come in and make a direct impact right away.”

“Family” and “right fit” came up often in the conversation with Hendry.

“Coach Leach, he’s a very intelligent man and you get him going on some stories, he has a lot to say. The visits went really well, the coaches were all at my house for a while. I just really like the coaches: they’re not trying to sell you on something they don’t have. They have a real family environment there and all the coaches seem to be on the same page. It just feels like the right fit."

Stop the presses, but Leach also touched on topics other than football during his in-home with hendry.

“We covered Geronimo, Indians, we talked about how he grew up outside Yellowstone National Park and how he grew up hunting, eating wild game and all sorts of stuff. It was a real good talk,” said Hendry.

Hendry posted 30 tackles with three sacks, six tackles for loss and one forced fumble as a second-year sophomore.

ANOTHER FUTURE COUGAR, Dubots out of Murrieta, Calif., about an hour north of San Diego, also confirmed to CF.C that he’ll be signing with Wazzu on Wednesday. 

Area recruiter and future position coach Ken Wilson has been staying in close touch via text in recent weeks. Dubots said.

“Coach Wilson and Coach Leach came down recently (on an in-home),” said Dubots. “We  talked about what life’s going to be like on the WSU campus. They’re going to play me at the linebacker position.

“The main aspect (WSU liked) was my speed. I played running back in high school -- and they really think the way I played running back reflected the way a linebacker could play, so they’re going to convert me into a linebacker.”

Last spring, Dubots posted a 10.44 in the 100-meter dash, and a 21.19 in the 200 meters.

“I think I’m going up (to WSU) in June, I believe. I’m 6-foot-1, 185 pounds,” said Dubots.

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