BREAKING NEWS: Cougs add safety to '08 class

WASHINGTON STATE HAS added another member to its 2008 football recruiting class. The 6-1 1/2, 193-pounder was set to sign elsewhere back on Signing Day but then the Cougars came into the picture at the 11th hour. He decided to postpone his decision and take a trip to the Palouse. And now he's a Coug.

LeAndre Daniels was undecided.

On the eve of Signing Day three weeks ago, he was deciding between offers from Sacramento State, UC Davis and Utah State. Daniels was leaning toward Sac State. But then he talked to Washington State assistant coach Harold Etheridge. The Cougars were coming on strong.

Daniels' subsequent trip to Wazzu knocked him out.

"I committed to Washington State," said Daniels. "I went up there and it was really nice, I really enjoyed myself. I sent in my signed Letter of Intent and they just got it, they just received it."

"The players were all really cool, the coaches were down to earth. The academic advisors and the people I'll be close to, like my major advisor in Construction Management, they're all down to earth too and willing to talk to you. That's what I really liked up there, the environment. They're about business, but they're also (friendly) and down to earth."

DANIELS COMES OUT of San Leandro, Calif., about 15 minutes outside of Oakland. He excelled on both sides of the ball this past season according to the Contra Costa Times and his prep coach.

"He loves to fly around, loves contact, loves to make plays. (He) will be an excellent addition to any team," San Leandro coach Brad Bowers told the paper.

Daniels, who was noted in the newspaper's "2008 Cream of the Crop" list, played linebacker and receiver at San Leandro his senior season. While he captured all-league honors at both positions, he'll be coming into WSU as a safety.

"They liked my athleticism and especially the way I come hard and fast to the ball. I was a linebacker in high school and they said they like that I'm aggressive and I like to hit..and they said I have good instincts and create plays," said Daniels, who comes across as both personable and high octane. "Also, I get a chance to play safety there and that's what I've always wanted."

Daniels said he plans on arriving at Washington State in August for the Cougs' fall camp but is leaving open the possibility of coming up early in June, enrolling in summer courses and getting a head start on his WSU career.

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