Wazzu lands Florida QB Bender

Class of 2014 signal-caller Peyton Bender (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) has committed to head west and play in the Pac-12 for Washington State, multiple sources report.

Bender said in a text message to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, "I'm really excited for the opportunity."

His only scholarship offer is from the Cougars. Other programs, including East Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky, Marshall, Rice and West Virginia, also recruited the 6-foot-1, 175-pound junior.

He is Washington State's first pledge for 2014.