BREAKING: Cougs land 3-star DB w/ gaudy stats

HE RACKED UP a ridiculous 140 tackles as a junior and was named City Defensive Player of the Year. He's a versatile defenseman who can play over space, cover a lot of ground and he likes to introduce himself facemask first. His official visit to Washington State for the season opener blew his socks off, he said, and he becomes the second known verbal commitment for the Cougs from the weekend.

Deone Bucannon (6-2, 180, 4.7) is a Cougar.

"It went really well, I actually committed," Bucannon told CF.C on Sunday following his official visit to WSU. "When I went down there, absolutely everyone, they didn't even know me, came up and introduced themselves and it just felt like the right place for me to be.

"Washington State is a team on the rise. And I feel like I can make a real difference there on the team and with my teammates."

GIVE AN ASSIST to WSU players, and to the culture within the program.

"The redshirting freshmen, who I hung out with, it was really cool because they weren't even playing in the game and when they lost, they felt just as bad as the players," said Bucannon.

"That really showed me there's going to be a lot of upside...and I want to be part of that."

Bucannon becomes the 10th known verbal commitment in the 2010 WSU class. The others are TE Asante Cleveland, WR Blair Bomber, athlete Brandon Golden, QB Connor Halliday, TE Aaron Dunn, DE/OL Jake Rodgers, OT John Fullington, cornerback Matt Simmons and DB Damante Horton.

BUCANNON HAD A monster season in 2008, picking up a boatload of awards and accolades.

Indeed, he was named all-CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, all-league, all-city and all-region in 2008. He also took home City Defensive Player of the Year honors. And he still has his senior season to add to his resume before he gets to Pullman.

"Coach (Chris) Ball was really excited, he gave me about five hugs...and then all the coaches were there and were just clapping -- it was a really exciting time," said Bucannon.

Bucannon's mom accompanied him on his trip to Pullman.

"My mom really liked the place, she was talking to everyone. My mom told me just to follow my heart and (I did). She really enjoyed it. So did my dad when he came up on my unofficial visit," said Bucannon.

BUCANNON SAID WSU has talked to him, because of his skills set, about playing at times as a rolled-up safety in the box. Other times, he'll go back and play in the varying zone packages. In other words, they envision him being in position to make a lot of tackles -- a concept he's not unfamiliar with.

"I'm excited about being a Cougar -- really excited," said Bucannon.

Bucannon's verbal, and with Cleveland also going crimson this weekend, comes after Paul Wulff said last year one of his recruiting focuses at Wazzu would be to go back and re-mine the Sacramento area after WSU had not been pulling in as many guys from the region as they should.

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Deone is pronounced Day-own.

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