Logan’s Toni Pole commits to Washington State

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.”

Kyle Bonagura

Kyle Bonagura is a Pleasanton-based prep sports writer for the Bay Area Newsgroup-East Bay.

  • dgreen

    He is a great player, congrats to him!

  • ManO’War

    Another great player and nice kid for Wazu. I’m definitely a “Bay Area Cougars” fan at this point. He’s another player who stood out at the All-Star game, for sure – wouldn’t be surprised if he does get playing time up there pretty fast. I might have to sit on their side for the Stanford game with grey on.

  • E_CULB

    Is this the little brother of Mark Pole?

  • fast and physical

    Toni is a very smart hardworking athlete, he was a joy to coach, in the east bay vs sac allstar game. congrats to him and his great family. Dont forget about Cedric Lousi out of Washington. Go Cougs, Run Rickey Run

  • donut

    I love the East Bay Cougars fa sho! E culb yes it is I believe so. dont remember where mark went but im sure hes proud of his brother!

  • ManDown

    Wow… Washington State is sweeping all the talent. Congrats to that young man. You are a fine player. I heard Adonis Smith from Serra dropped Wash St. for Northwestern.