Dontae Powell was one of two recruits who verbally committed to the WSU Cougars at last weekend's junior day in Pullman

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After committing to Washington State over the weekend, Richland High offensive tackle Dontae Powell says he might close his recruitment process and just focus his on attention on his track and field season.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound lineman throws the shot put on the Richland track and field team. It’s a natural choice of a spring sport for a big guy whose strength and power will be put to the test in the trenches for the Cougars in a couple of years.

Powell said he didn’t go into his unofficial visit last week intending to commit, but was so comfortable with team and the coaching staff when he met them that it seemed like a no-brianer.

“I liked how they looked like a family and I felt like a part of the family,” Powell said in a phone interview this week. “I had that feeling in me, ‘gotta commit.’”

The other factors that went into his decision?

Being able to stay close to home – Richland is about two and a half hours away from Pullman – and being part of a program on the upswing.

“This last season, with them going 9-4, that was really an eye opener for me,” Powell said.

He also struck a close relationship with offensive line coach Clay McGuire, whom he’s been in contact with since his sophomore year.

“He always stayed in contact with me, every once a week,” Powell said. “He’d be like ‘how you doing?’ ‘how’s school?’ I felt there was a friendship between me and him.”

Powell said he met the entire Cougars offensive line while on his visit last weekend, and also met Connor Neville, the Wilsonville (Ore.) quarterback who committed to WSU last Saturday, right before Powell gave the coaches his verbal.

Powell chose WSU over offers from Wyoming and Colorado.