Underrated 3-Star Receiver Zaire Andre Picks Washington State Cougars

By Rick Stavig
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A little more than a week ago, receiver Zaire Andre couldn’t name a ‘favorite’ school.

How quickly things change in college football recruiting. On Tuesday, he not only named the Washington State Cougars his favorite, but he gave them a verbal commitment as well. The underrated 3-star prospect is the fourth verbal commitment for the Cougars 2014 class, joining quarterback Peyton Bender (Fort Lauderdale, FL), defensive tackle Marcus Griffin (Bellevue, WA) and linebacker Greg Hoyd (Tustin, CA).

Andre, from Inglewood High School (CA), should be a good fit in head coach Mike Leach‘s Air Raid offense. At 6-foot, 170-pounds, Andre isn’t the biggest receiver, and with a 4.69 40-yard dash, he’s certainly not the fastest.

But he makes up for it with quickness and reliable hands.  Even though he’s not a straight-line burner, he’s still deceptively quick, showing excellent burst off the line and regularly getting good separation.

The bottom line is that he’s a reliable possession receiver who runs excellent routes — attributes that have equaled stardom in Leach’s offenses of past. Remember Joel Filani from the Texas Tech teams of the mid-2000’s?

Probably not, but when he signed with Leach as a lightly recruited receiver out of Paradise Valley (Phoenix, AZ), he also wasn’t the biggest or fastest. But, he ran good routes and always caught the ball.  He wound up being named All Big 12 twice and was even a sixth round draft pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

Is Andre the next Filani?  No one knows, but there are certainly some similarities at this early point in Andre’s development.

Next up on Andre’s plate is taking more visits. In addition to finally seeing Pullman, he also plans to visit the Nebraska Cornhuskers. There could be more visits on the horizon with new schools like Arizona State, Washington and Oregon State increasingly showing more interest.

Rick Stavig is a National Recruiting Columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @rickstavig or add him to your network on google.

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