New Coug says one thing decided it

DEONTAY BURNETT verbally committed to Washington State sight unseen. It wasn’t due to a preexisting relationship with a WSU coach or player, nor a familiarity with the area. After doing his research, it really came down to just one thing.

“Washington State throws the ball a lot,” said Deontay Burnett. “That played a big factor in my recruiting.”

Burnett, out of Serra High in Gardena, Calif., played in the shadow of two future Pac-12 receivers last year (Adoree Jackson (USC) and Jordan Lasley (UCLA).) In seven games last year as a junior, Burnett had 12 catches for 186 yards with two TDs.

Dennis Simmons really liked what I did on the field, he was really excited when I decided to commit,” said Burnett. “I had done my research on Washington State and it’s a great fit for me because as a receiver -- I want to catch the ball and they throw the ball a lot so I can be on the end of those receiving passes.”

So where Will Burnett line up in the Air Raid, on the inside (Y, H) or on the outside (X, Z).

“I could play both but I guess he (Simmons) wants me to play Z, (where junior Gabe Marks lines up). But I could play both if they want me at either.

“They told me they liked me because I have great hands, a great release off the line, run great routes and speed – I have a lot of speed. They also love my ball skills, how I go up and get the ball so that plays a big role in how I’ll play outside receiver,” said Burnett.

It also helps that he’ll be coming into a safe environment at Washington State.

“It’s a great city with not a lot of crime, it’s filled with college kids and it should be a great city for me… it’s a college town,” said Burnett.

Because of his speed, Burnett might also contribute on special teams at Washington State.

“I’m 6-0, 166 and Coach Leach was excited about the stuff he’s going to have me do at Washington State, so yes I will be a return man,” said Burnett.

A conversation with Leach can go most anywhere, but he and Burnett were all business.

“It was all football… He watched my film and loves what I do,” said Burnett. My mom is happy for me, she likes Washington State, my parents were with me the whole time through this process.

“My dad said he liked Washington State because the coaches showed a lot of love and some of the other schools didn’t. And he likes that they throw the ball a lot and that I need to be at the end of those passes.

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