Hoffart commits to Washington State

One of the top JUCO pass-rushers in the entire country last year was Butte DE Steven Hoffart (6-4, 270) and earlier this week, the talented defensive prospect decided he'd seen enough and committed to Washington State and will enroll there this summer...

"I actually committed to Washington State on Wednesday," an excited Hoffart told JCFootball.com Friday evening. "I took an official visit there for their spring game and I visited Boston College the week before that to check them out.

"Washington State offered and BC was waiting on a guy and I wasn't willing to wait any longer, so when coach (Malik) Roberson and coach (Jody) Sears were here on Wednesday, that's when I committed to them."

Hoffart said he spoke with Cougars head coach Paul Wulff shortly after committing and found out the two of them have something in common.

"He and I actually graduated from the same high school," Hoffart said. "Davis (High School) is just about 10 minutes outside of Sacramento, so he and I sorta come from the same area.

"Coach Roberson was real excited and coach Sears, he's the guy who recruits our area, he was ecstatic and coach Wulff said he was happy I wanted to commit and be part of their program."

While on campus, Hoffart was hosted by redshirt freshman DT Justin Clayton, but it was a former teammate that really helped sell the school to him.

"Me and Brandon (Rankin) spent some time together talking about things," Hoffart said. "When Brandon was here at Butte, I redshirted because I was behind him in the depth and they didn't want me to waste a year, so I know him pretty well.

"He and I went out to dinner together and he laid it all out for me about the program and the school and he said he wanted me to come play with him again and this time we could play together."

Hoffart said the Cougar coaches are recruiting him to play the weakside defensive end position, the same spot where he was dominant for the Roadrunners last fall posting 45 tackles, 11 sacks and 13.5 tackles-for-loss.

Hoffart will finish his AA degree later this month and he will enroll at Washington State this summer with three years to play three once he arrives in Pullman.

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