BREAKING NEWS: Cougs land lauded prep DT

LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON, the Orange County Register's 2007 Defensive Player of the Year went crimson. The 6-3.5, 260-pounder racked up a ridiculous 23 sacks among his 91 tackles this past season, taking home a slew of post season honors and accolades. And having taken his official visit to Washington State last weekend, he made the call today. CF.C talks to the newest Cougar.

Everything about Washington State felt right except, said Anthony Laurenzi, he was used to living near a big metropolis and wasn't completely sure about heading to a smaller college town.

After talking to a host of California players on WSU's roster last weekend while on his official trip and getting a favorable response, and thinking further on it for a few more days, he made the call.

Laurenzi becomes the 16th known verbal commitment of Paul Wulff's 2008 class -- and the sixth pledge from this past recruiting weekend.

"I just committed to coach (Travis) Niekamp a few minutes ago," Laurenzi said Saturday afternoon. "I told him I had made my decision and I was looking forward to playing for him. He seemed really excited, he said I made his day."

AND FOR SEEMINGLY good reason. Laurenzi, out of Placentia, Calif., 30 minutes outside of L.A, is a two-time first-team All-CIF, All-League honoree out of El Dorado High.

"The community seemed really cool," said Laurenzi about Wazzu. "The only thing I had been worried about was the small town. But I think it's going to be a lot of fun -- they have a lot of (fan) support. They (California players) all seem to fit in well there. Some of them were from my area and they like it there.

"I'm looking forward to playing there. I'm looking forward to being a Cougar."

LAURENZI TALLIED 23 SACKS and 91 tackles this past season as a senior, smashing the school sack record he set his junior season with 15.

In addition to being a two-time first-team All-CIF, All-League award winner, Laurenzi in his senior season was also the Century League's lineman of the year, the Southwest Division's defensive player of the year, and the Orange County Register's 2007 Defensive Player of the Year.

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