VERBAL COMMIT: Moses Lake hoss going crimson

ON SUNDAY, the Cougars landed a defensive line commit out of their own backyard, Moses Lake's B.J. Guerra. In football parlance, the 6-3.5, 300-pound defensive tackle is a gap filler and then some, with a heightened ability to disengage and shake off blockers on his way to making the tackle.

Guerra was in Pullman on Saturday for the game against Southern Cal and although it was an unofficial visit, he got some time to sit down with coach Bill Doba and had a nice talk. Sunday, Guerra and Doba talked again.

"Today, he offered me a full ride scholarship," Guerra told CF.C late Sunday evening.

The defensive tackle jumped on it. Listed by several publications as preseason all-state including The Seattle Times, he becomes Washington State's fourth known verbal commitment in the 2007 class.

Guerra, who runs the 40 in the 4.9-to-5.0 range and is also a standout hoops player, chose Washington State over interest from Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Idaho, UNLV and Eastern, who offered Guerra after seeing him at their camp.

"Washington State had really stayed strong in contacting me and developing a good relationship as far as recruiting and school goes," said Guerra. "I like the atmosphere over there. It's close to home, so family and friends can come over and watch every weekend. And they've got just a great staff."

The joint recruiting approach implemented by the recruiting coordinator Greg Peterson and the Washington State staff this year played a part in the verbal. Coaches Doba, Timm Rosenbach, George Yarno and Peterson all recruited him.

Guerra also mans the line on the offensive side of the ball at Moses Lake -- as a 300-pound tight end -- but he said he'll be lining up on defense at Washington State, with the Cougs liking him at d-tackle.

This season in the Emerald City Kickoff Classic, Guerra suffered a high ankle sprain in the fourth quarter, as Auburn went on in overtime to defeat Moses Lake 20-14. Guerra started early as a sophomore, at both tight end and defensive tackle in 2004. As a junior, he was an All-Big 9 first team and honorable mention all-state selection at defensive lineman, racking up seven sacks.

With Guerra, Washington State's known verbal commitments are: LB Tyson Kirksey, QB Kevin Lopina and OL Kevin Freitag. Lopina is enrolled at WSU and practicing with the team but because he is ineligible to play this season after transferring from K-State, he is classified as part of the 2007 class.

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