January 15, 2008

JC defensive end plans to sign with Wazzu

The Cougars hosted their first group of official visitors under new head coach Paul Wulff this past weekend.

Among the prospects on campus was Jesse Sanchez. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive end from West Los Angeles College came away from his trip to Washington State impressed.

"I liked everything about my visit," said Sanchez. "I liked all the players, I liked the facilities. I guess it was a little cold up there. Me coming from Southern California, it is just something that I'll have to get used to.

"I have a couple of friends that I played with in high school that are up there so they told me how it is. And I had a good player host, [sophomore linebacker] Andy Mattingly."

Sanchez had already given the Cougars' staff a verbal commitment before taking the trip.

"I actually committed to Washington State about three weeks ago when Coach Wulff got hired," he said. "I wanted to play in the Pac-10 and I wanted to go in right away and contribute to the team. Washington State is giving me to the opportunity to do both of those things.

"They are losing three defensive linemen and two of them are defensive ends. So it is wide open right now. I have an opportunity to go in there and play right away."

Sanchez is on pace to graduate from West Los Angeles College in May with three years to play two. "As soon I as I am done here, I will enroll at summer school at Washington State," he added.

Despite missing two games of his sophomore season, Sanchez recorded 55 tackles and five and a half quarterback sacks. "Not only can I pass rush, but I am also good at stopping the run," he said.

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