RECRUITING: Colt galloping to Pullman?

DEFENSIVE TACKLE IS one of the primary areas of need this recruiting class for WSU with Ropati Pitoitua and Aaron Johnson graduating. One potential future Coug boasts lateral quickness along with the ingredient all good d-tackles have -- toughness. He has an official visit scheduled to the Palouse and if you like highlights, there are 11-plus minutes of senior season isolation video available.

Colt Nichter (6.2, 275, 5.0) out of Park City, Utah was offered by Eastern this season before Paul Wulff and his staff came to Washington State. The defensive tackle prospect doesn't have an offer from Washington State at this writing but he does have an official visit to the Palouse, slated for the Jan. 19 weekend.

WSU d-line coach Malik Roberson is running the point for the Cougs on Nichter's recruitment.

"He's a really neat guy, I've been talking to him every other day so I've gotten to know him pretty well," said Nichter.

Nichter is considered undersized for a DT at 6-2 and 275 pounds, but speed and toughness can also go a long ways in college football.

"He (Roberson) said I had potential and he liked the way I played. I'm a smaller guy but he said I had good speed and he liked how I moved laterally on the field, and he said he liked that I was a tough kid. And I think I have some technique things to work on, using my hands better and stuff," said Nichter.

IN ADDITION TO Washington State, Roberson has been seeing late interest from SMU and Louisville, among others.

"I've been getting a lot of activity from Washington State, Fresno State, Vanderbilt and I just talked to Louisville and San Diego State," said Nichter.

San Diego State and SMU are schools he has a lot of interest in, SDSU because he's originally from California and SMU because he said the chances to earn playing time there might be higher than in the Pac-10. Nichter said he remains open to all, with Washington State a slight leader at this stage of the recruiting game.

"Washington State, just because I have a visit," said Nichter. "SMU has a good networking school for after football. And I think maybe I might have a better chance of playing there. My dad has been talking to one of their coaches on a weekly basis, one of the guys that's still there.

"I'm going to be looking for academics of course and also the type of school, if it's a school where I could get to play soonest, and then the coaches....I don't want to build up offers, I just want to find a school and commit as soon as possible. But I would like to play D-I."

NICHTER RACKED UP 82 tackles from the interior of the defensive line with six sacks as a senior, earning first team All-State and All-Region 10 honors this past season. He also served as a team captain for the second consecutive year and anchored both of Park City's lines -- and some schools are recruiting him as an offensive lineman.

As a junior, he logged 49 tackles, four fumble recoveries, two sacks and scored a touchdown. He was named All-State by both the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune and All-Region 10.

Colt Nichter profile and video

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