Coach Mike Leach and his Washington State football team landed their first commitment of the 2014 class today as quarterback prospect Peyton Bender, of Fort Lauderdale (Florida) Cardinal Gibbons High School, joined the Wazzu fold.
Coach Leach landed his 2014 QB
Bender has been on campus for an unofficial visit since Wednesday and delivered the good news to the Cougar head man today after practice, 24 hours since WSU extended the offer.
"I just committed about an hour ago!," said Bender. "I loved the school here during my visit and after practice today I told Coach Leach that I wanted to be a Cougar!"
The 6-1, 170 pound quarterback has been hearing from various schools in addition to the Cougars. Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Marshall, East Carolina and Rice have been in contact with the prospect.
"He is a gunslinger," said JC Shurburtt, National Recruiting Director for 247Sports. "Perfect fit for the offense out there at Washington State."
Bender is the first commitment of WSU's 2014 recruiting class. He is rated three stars and an 88 overall by 247Sports.
As a junior, Bender split time with a senior, completing 96-of-176 passes for 1,402 yards with 15 TDs and six interceptions. He is a member of the Sun Sentinel Top 50 for the Class of 2014.
View his junior highlight film by clicking here.