YET ANOTHER VERBAL: Cougs land trench warrior

WASHINGTON STATE was a tour de force this past recruiting weekend. As LOI Day draws nigh, has learned WSU has landed the 22nd member of the 2005 class -- and their fifth verbal among the players who tripped to Pullman this weekend. The latest oral pledge is a junior college defensive tackle who wreaked havoc during a sensational sophomore season. CF.C talks to the newest member of the WSU family who has three to play two for the Cougs.

"Today, I just committed to Washington State," Bryan Tarkington told late Monday evening.

In addition to WSU, the 6-5, 280-pound defensive tackle out of Moorpark College held offers from Michigan State, Colorado State, Kansas, Marshall and San Diego State. He had previously verbally committed to Colorado State but was blown away by his visit to Washington State this past weekend.

Tarkington will have three to play two at Washington State. He told coach Mike Walker today he wanted to be a Cougar.

"Coach Walker said it was great that I committed, he was very excited," said Tarkington. "He said they were very excited and that the rest of the coaches are very happy."

Tarkington said his trip to Pullman was amazing -- he was especially impressed by the academic program at Washington State.

"It was great," said Tarkington. "The main thing, the most important thing that I enjoyed, was the academics."

Coach Bill Doba and the coaching staff, the players and football program all really made an impression on Tarkington during his trip. Odell Howard was his player host.

"The football program is amazing," said Tarkington. "That really stood out to me. The facilities were great and I could really see how the team is one big family. Coach Doba is an excellent head coach and so is coach Walker."

ON THE YEAR for Moorpark, Tarkington destroyed opposing offenses, racking up 16 sacks from his interior line position. In being named a first-team all-Northern Division selection in the Western States Conference, Tarkington forced 7 fumbles, recovered 7 fumbles and deflected 5 passes.

He totaled 78 tackles -- a large number of which were from behind the line of scrimmage.

"I had a lot of tackles for loss, but I don't know the percentage for sure," said Tarkington.

Coming out of Taft High, Tarkington was all set to sign with Oklahoma but didn't get the SAT score he needed and ended up going the junior college route. He is in fine shape to earn his AA degree.

Tarkington becomes the 22nd known member of the 2005 class. The numbers can remain in flux all the way up to Signing Day but as it stands now, Washington State looks to take 21-23 players on Signing Day, not counting any potential grayshirts.

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