A BIG VERBAL: 4-star sackmaster to be a Coug

WASHINGTON STATE has picked up their 12th known verbal commitment -- and this one is a doozy. A two-time junior college All-American, the newest member of the Cougar Nation is a fast and physical defensive end, one who captured the conference sack title each of the past two years with 30-plus pass sacks during that time span.

Luis Vasquez, a former Purdue signee who tore up the junior college ranks at Arizona Western and captured the second of his two first team All-America awards just today, has verballed to Washington State, according to sources in the athletic department at the junior college.

Vasquez is expected to compete for immediate playing time next season at WSU and helps to fill an immediate area of need with the departure of first-team all-Pac-10 end Mkristo Bruce.

On pace to graduate in the next few weeks, Vasquez can sign his letter of intent as early as Dec. 20, enroll at Washington State in January and then hit the field in March when the Cougs suit for the spring session.

Vasquez has already been named first team on both the All-Region I and All-WSFL teams for the 2006 season -- the first of what is expected to be a slew of honors and accolades for the 6-3, 250-pounder.

Vasquez is a sack machine, with 15 pass sacks this season to go along with his 16 from the year before. Especially noteworthy this season was that his sack total came against constant double teams and offensive schemes designed to run away from him -- a tremendous performance down the final three games where Vasquez logged seven of his 15 sacks helped seal the sack title.

Despite the extra attention, Vasquez tallied 61 tackles (33 solo) off the edge, with a ridiculous 24 tackles for loss.

He also forced two fumbles and scored a pair of touchdowns this season -- one coming on an 89-yard fumble return -- the other on an interception he batted to himself before hightailing it to the house. Vasquez was twice named the WSFL's Defensive Player of the Week this season.

Vasquez chose Washington State over offers from Oregon State, UTEP, UNLV, Kansas and Idaho. Cal and Arizona State were showing increasing interest, with the Sun Devils set to trip him in this past weekend before coach Dirk Koetter's dismissal.

He will have two-to-play-two at Washington State.

Vasquez brings to twelve the known members in Washington State's 2007 class: LB Marshal Pirtz, QB Marshall Lobbestael, S/ATH Cornorris Atkins, RB Logwone Mitz, WR Daniel Blackledge, DE Tyson Pencer, OL Andrew Roxas, DT B.J. Guerra, LB Tyson Kirksey, QB Kevin Lopina and OL Kevin Freitag. Note: Lopina enrolled at WSU this summer and practiced all season with the team but because he was ineligible to play in 2006 after transferring from K-State, he is classified by Scout as part of the '07 class.

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