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WSU football gets verbal commitment from Lincoln lineman Quazzel White

Quazzel (88) is Lincolns’ starting left tackle and earned the 3A Pierce County League’s offensive lineman of the year. He verbally committed to Washington State University on Friday.
Quazzel (88) is Lincolns’ starting left tackle and earned the 3A Pierce County League’s offensive lineman of the year. He verbally committed to Washington State University on Friday. dperine@thenewstribune.com

This had just about always been a dream for Quazzel White.

And Friday he got to take a big step toward making Pac-12 college football a reality.

Lincoln High School offensive lineman Quazzel White announced on Friday that he has verbally committed to play football at Washington State University.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound senior was selected as the 3A Pierce County League’s offensive lineman of the year by the league’s coaches.

He said he chose Washington State over Boise State, San Diego State, Utah State and Colorado State.

"It means a lot," White said. "A lot of people don’t get to experience this. I get to and I want to make the best of that."

"I’ve always had a dream of that. But once I saw (Lincoln grads Jusstis Warren, who is not at the UW, and Dehonta Hayes, who is at Eastern Washington) and that class, I was really set on doing this."

White said he built a close relationship with WSU special teams coach Eric Mele and offensive line coach Clay McGuire. His last visit to WSU came at the end of October, he said. He also said he would likely redshirt his first year.

"I felt like I would be at home," White said. "I loved it down there.

"So why make anyone wait any longer if you know what you want to do?"

Lincoln heads to Seattle Memorial Stadium for a 7 p.m. Friday 3A state quarterfinal game against top-ranked and unbeaten O’Dea.

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