Keith Ewing had not been talking to Washington State when the old coaching staff was in place but the Bellaire, Texas, outside linebacker was targeted once Mike Leach got the job and it paid off Thursday when the three-star committed to the Cougars.
"Having a new coach come in and do different things that can change the program around, I liked that," Ewing said.
"I also liked them talking about hiring a linebackers coach that could make me better. That also convinced me to commit."
A fresh start in Pullman was one of the biggest selling points for Ewing, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound prospect who also listed offers from Arizona, Arkansas and Houston. Many other schools were showing interest.
Even though Leach is new on the job, Ewing said he sees stability in the first-year coaching staff and said he's confident they won't be going anywhere during his time at Washington State.
Playing for the same coaches was also a big reason why the Cougars won out.
"It's really exciting," Ewing said. "He's going to be there for a while. I don't have to worry about him leaving like some other previous schools that were talking to me. I won't have to worry about any of that.
"This just started happening when Mike Leach got there. It took a while and I thought about them when I first started hearing from them. I looked them up on the Internet to learn more about them and I liked it more and more. I really like it."
Ewing has not set an official visit date but said the Washington State coaches wanted to schedule one for January.