Cody O'Connell liked Washington State during his junior day visit and after considering his recruitment the massive offensive lineman from Wenatchee, Wash., committed to the Cougars on Monday.
The 6-foot-8, 340-pound prospect also had an offer from Idaho and was receiving interest from numerous teams in various conferences but O'Connell felt it was the right time to make his pledge.
"I like the small town," O'Connell said. "I like the coaches and I like how it's more of a family school and close to home. All of that added up and I made my decision."
The junior day visit this off-season was important for O'Connell because he got a chance to travel to Pullman and get a feel for the new coaching staff.
Everything went better than expected and since then O'Connell had the Cougars high on his list. After considering his options and maybe waiting until later in his recruitment, the Wenatchee standout decided he knew which choice to make.
"It was pretty good getting down there," O'Connell said. "I wanted to go down there to get a look and it went a lot better than I thought it would.
"It's going to be a good fit for me."
O'Connell plans to attend the NIKE Camp in Eugene, Ore., in June and he will look around the campus but he admitted it's unlikely anything will sway him from his fresh Washington State commitment.
After seeing him at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio in January, Rivals.com rates O'Connell as a three-star recruit.