BREAKING: Cougs land high octane DT

HE'S A DEFENSIVE TACKLE with a great motor and some serious football genes -- his grandfather is a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer. He formed a strong connection with the WSU coaching staff and with his dad in the broadcast business, he wanted to not only attend of the top Communication schools in the West, but also in the nation. And so on Thursday evening, he pledged crimson.

"I committed to Washington State," said David Davis, a 6-1, 275-pound defensive tackle out of Palos Verdes, Calif., about 40 minutes outside of Los Angeles.

WSU assistant Steve Morton ran the recruiting point for Wazzu.

"I've been talking to coach Morton for a while now and I think I would be a great fit in their defense with the way they run it," said Davis. ".... I can just tell with the energy and the atmosphere, they're definitely getting better and going to be better."

Davis' grandfather is Willie Davis, a Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end who starred for the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s.

"My grandfather is very excited, he wanted me to be happy with whatever college I committed to. Academics are very important in my family so he was really excited when he heard about the Communications program," says Davis.

THE BOOK ON Davis is that he plays with a great motor, understands and uses leverage extremely well and is just an all-around very active, productive trench wrecker on the line.

As a junior, Davis was named first team all-league, posting 55 tackles, with 10-plus tackles for loss along with two sacks and an interception.

In the following video, it may take you a while to get to the second snap -- you'll probably want to replay the first play a few times, one where Davis absolutely decaffeinates the ball carrier.

DAVIS' DAD OWNS a radio station and Davis said he and his family wanted to go to one of the nest Com schools in the country.

"Education is really important for me and my family and once we saw how (they ranked) that definitely helped a lot," said Davis.

Davis held offers from WSU and Army and received invites from several schools to come to their camps, including ASU, Arizona, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Northwestern and Wisconsin, with potential offers on the line. But he said the combination of WSU's football program and education meant there was no reason to wait.

"Washington State liked my athleticism, strength and they really like my age, that I'm still 16 and that I still have room to grow. They like my hands and just the way I play," said Davis.

Davis said he plans on taking an unofficial to Washington State sometime this summer.

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