Another East Bay football player is headed to Washington State.
James Logan’s Toni Pole, a first-team All-East Bay tight end and second-team All-East Bay defensive lineman, orally committed to WSU today.
“Wazzu is a good place and a place where I can focus,” Pole said. “I’m looking at my future and WSU will give me everything I need to be successful.”
Pole said the plan for him is to play defensive end for the Cougars, but could end up at defensive tackle depending on how big he gets. He chose WSU over Utah and Arizona State. Utah wanted him as a defensive lineman, but ASU recruited him as an athlete who could play either tight end or defensive line.
“Tight end is always an option, but (WSU) recruited me as a defensive lineman because that’s what they needed,” Pole said. “They told me I could possibly play as a true freshman, but it all depends on if I’m ready.”
Pole becomes the seventh East Bay commit to Washington State, joining Deer Valley’s Kristoff Williams, Berkeley’s Rickey Galvin, Encinal’s Tyrone Duckett, Oakland’s Damante Horton and Pittsburg’s Robert Jiles and Tracy Clark.
“Coach (Chris) Ball said they recruited the East Bay really hard because there are a lot of good players here,” Pole said. “I played with a bunch of those guys in the All Star game in Sacramento and they’re all good guys. (Kristoff Williams and Tracy Clark) were telling me I should join them at WSU.”