ANOTHER VEBAL: Cougs land athletic DE

ONE OF THE recruiting needs for Washington State this class with the graduation of All Pac-10 sackmaster Mkristo Bruce, was a junior college defensive end who can contribute immediately. This weekend, Bill Doba and staff played host to a 6-3, 260-pound athletic DE with three to play two. By the time the weekend was over, he was a Cougar.

"I verballed," said Jesse Feagin. "I've been in contact with the coaches there throughout my whole sophomore season through phone calls and letters and I felt real comfortable up there -- meeting the coaches, that went real well.

"Before I went up there, I received seven hand written letters from each individual coach and I had been recruited by Washington State throughout this whole season, since before the summer."

Feagin registered 60 tackles, 7.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and returned an interception 35 yards this season for L.A. Southwest.

"That's one of the main things they tell me, that I'm very athletic," said Jesse Feagin when asked what college coaches have said they liked about him. "And Washington State said I fit in very well with their defensive line schemes, and that I can be a very aggressive and powerful player but that I also have that finesse side to me also."

Cougar defensive line coaches Marty Long and Mike Walker both made a strong impression over the weekend, Feagin said.

"Marty Long had just seen my tape a day or two before I came up and he was delighted to see me there this weekend," said Feagin. "He really focused on telling me how important I was to the program and he really let me know how he felt about me as a player and a person.

"And Coach Doba was real interesting to talk to, and pretty funny, too," said Feagin.

A 2005 graduate of Jordan High in Long Beach, Calif., Feagin was set to play in the Pac-10, holding an offer from Oregon but missed qualifying by one point on the ACT.

Feagin is scheduled to graduate with his AA in June, at which time he said he plans on heading to Pullman to enroll and get a jump on the voluntary summer workouts at Washington State.

"I actually would have been finished earlier but me and my counselor had a miscommunication and I had to take one more class than I had expected but I'll be done after spring. I'll be able to get up there for summer ball," said Feagin.

Feagin was named first team all Western State Conference this season, after being named honorable mention following his freshman season.

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