Dorian Gerald

Recruiting: Wazzu making a strong push for speedy junior college edge rusher who racked up 12 sacks, 24 TFL this past season

WITH WSU’S DEFENSE, Cougar fans know it’s all about the Speed D. Flying around to the ball and getting pressure on the QB is what defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and Co. is all about. That’s why the Cougs are making a strong push to land a 6-3 edge rusher out of the JUCO ranks. spoke with the DE standout and it’s clear he’s got high interest in what’s going on out on the Palouse.

The WSU staff a few days ago sent out an offer to College of the Canyons defense end Dorian Gerald.

The 6-3, 250-pounder out of Santa Clarita, Calif., last season was tied for fourth among state JUCO players with 12 sacks. He told CF.C he’s a big fan of WSU right now.

“I was excited because this isn’t just any other offer,” Gerald said. “No, this is a great offer. They have been improving quite a bit over the past few seasons. It was pretty cool to get an offer from them.”

Leading the WSU recruiting effort here is Grinch and new WSU inside receivers coach Derek Sage. The two, Gerald said, have been making it more than clear that they want him in Pullman next January.

“They really want me out there,” Gerald said. “They’ve told me that I’d fit perfectly with their scheme. They have a major need for edge rushers and I play the kind of defense they like. I get to the QB, that’s what I do best. 

“WSU calls its defense the Speed D. They love my speed off the edge and aggression going after the QB. That’s my game and I pride myself on pass rushing. They put on emphasis on that.”

In addition to WSU, Gerald also holds early offers from Arizona State, Memphis, Marshall, Colorado State and Georgia State. 

He’ll be graduating in December and will have three years to play two. A former wide receiver in high school in South Carolina, Gerald last season racked up 24 tackles for loss among 54 stops.

“I’ve spoken with my parents about things and my decision is something I’m not going to be rushing,” Gerald said. "For me, it’s all about building relationships. I want to be able to come in and play right away too. That’s a big thing.”

Gerald added that he’s hoping to take unofficial visits this spring and summer and that WSU is on his list of schools he’d like to get out to. He added that he’s speaking with Sage and Grinch about setting up a date for that.

“Washington State is most definitely a school I’m considering right now,” Gerald said. “Without a doubt. Coach Grinch is a great guy. Him and Coach Sage have been straightforward with me. That’s what I like. They’ve answered all the questions I’ve had for them and been honest. That’s big for me.”

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