Deontay Burnett played in the shadows of some very good receivers a year ago, namely Adoree Jackson (USC) and Jordan Lasley (UCLA). He showed over the spring he's a big time talent in his own right and is good enough to play for anyone school out West.
"I called up Coach Simmons and told him I was ready to be a Coug," Burnett said. "I really like Washington State and feel like it's a great fit for me. I love the coaching staff and they recruited me harder than anyone. Other schools talked to me once in a while but I talked to those coaches almost every day.
"The style of offense is another huge factor for me. They throw the ball a ton and I think I can get in there and catch a ton of balls there. Coach Leach is a proven coach with a great offensive background so when you combine all that, it was an easy decision for me."
Burnett was hearing from several schools from all over, including the two local colleges but wanted to get his decision out of the way in the summer.
"I wanted to focus on my senior year without the distraction of recruiting," Burnett said. "USC and UCLA are great schools but I didn't want to just sit around and wait and see if they were going to offer. Sometimes you have to find the best fit for you, not just the biggest school and for me, that was Washington State.
"Now I don't have to worry about recruiting any more. I can concentrate on my senior year and helping our team win a state championship. I can focus on my grades and just enjoy my senior year without the stress and hassle of recruiting. I feel great right now that this is over and it feels great to be a Cougar."
Burnett has yet to visit Pullman. He said he was supposed to take a visit later this month but said he'll just wait and take an official trip later in the fall.