RECRUITING: Cougs land second DE of weekend

THE WESTERN PART of the state of Washington recently endured 27 straight days of rain but over on the Palouse, it's raining defensive ends. A pair of California sack masters have given their verbal commitments to Washington State. Ansley Clevil had thought he'd wait until later this week but turned out today was d-day for the LA-area standout as he joined fellow d-end Preston Brooks in becoming a Cougar.

On the heels of an outstanding visit to WSU, Clevil decided there was no reason to wait any longer, letting coaches Kelly Skipper, Robb Akey and Bill Doba know he was headed to Pullman.

"I committed!" said an enthusiastic Clevil. "I talked to Skip -- he was excited. And then I talked to all the coaches, my d-end coach and Doba. They were all pretty excited."

Clevil has cancelled his remaining trip to UNLV and said the recruiting process is over for him.

"I'm a Cougar," said Clevil.

In addition to Washington State, Clevil had received offers from Utah, UNLV, Mississippi State, Wyoming and Idaho.

BORN IN HAITI, Clevil came over to the States when he was four years old but has only been playing football for two years.

He runs a 40 yard dash in the 4.6 to 4.7 range, developing into a 240-pound disruptive force for Venice High his senior campaign.

With 41 solo tackles among his 55 sticks in the regular season -- including nine sacks -- Clevil was named first team defensive end all-league his senior season at Venice.

Ansley Clevil

Clevil and Preston Brooks will arrive at a school known for producing top flight DEs. DeWayne Patterson was first-team All-America. Keith Millard destroyed everything in his crimson and gray path prior to his NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award. Rob Meier just completed Year 6 in the NFL. No one in all of college football had more sacks than D.D. Acholonu in 2003. And senior to be Mkristo Bruce had more sacks than any Pac-10 defensive lineman in 2005 and was among the Top 10 in the nation.

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