Cougs land yet another lineman

WASHINGTON STATE continues its recruiting success in the trenches, with yet another promising prep line prospect committing verbally to the Cougars. It's not earth-shattering, given the lad's hints of late, but great news nonetheless for the Cougars. Colin Donovan, a 6-7, 260-pound hoss from Superior, Montana, pulled the trigger on a decision early Wednesday evening

He called assistant head coach Robin Pflugrad and head coach Bill Doba today to let them know of his decision. "They were really happy and giving me big congratulations," Colin said. "They are really happy to have me."

Donovan, the nephew of former Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowler Pat Donovan and the son of a former Stanford starter, took his official visit to Pullman this past weekend. He was also entertaining offers from Cal, Colorado State and others, but the trip to P-town pretty much sealed the deal, he said.

Why not commit earlier? "Well, I wanted to see for myself, hang out with the guys," he said. "And they have a great group, especially the younger guys. I could definitely see myself there for the next five years."

Aaron Johnson, a promising redshirt freshman from Fairfield, Calif., was Colin's first host and walk-on QB Mike Reilly his second host. "They answered all my questions," Donovan said. "They told me about what it's like in the summer. And with Reilly being a walk-on and he thinks it's great, you know it's going to be great from bottom to top."

Donovan also mentioned that the small-town environment appealed to him. "I liked the campus a lot," he said. "It was like the campus was pretty much the whole town. That was cool."

He also was able to attend a couple of communications classes with a player. "I got to meet the professor too," he said. "You can tell they really care about their studies. That was a good thing for me to see."

Donovan will start out at the strong-side defensive end. "It's going to depend on my weight," he said. "If I get bigger I can move to the interior.

"That's another reason why I wanted to go there. They wanted me to play on defense."

Donovan brings to 14 the number of verbal commitments the Cougars have secured so far. He's also the third one this week, following on the heels of lineman Dan Rowlands and DB Bernard Hicks. WSU is expected to sign 24 or 25 players in the February class.


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