Culver City, Calif., has been very good to the Washington State football program over the years. Since 1997, there has been at least one player from the Centaur program on the roster, so it shouldn’t have been too surprising when a pair of players from Culver City committed to the Cougars on Wednesday.
As reported earlier, receiver Alex Jackson committed to the Cougars and a few hours later, linebacker Khalil Pettway decided to jump on board as well.
“Yes sir, I’m a Cougar,” Pettway said. “That was my first official visit back in November, and I really liked it. I was committed to SMU at the time of the visit but in the back of my head, I did think Washington State was a good fit for me. They had the coaching change and when they brought in Coach Leach, I got kind of excited.
“He has a great resume and is known as a winner. I know he’s an offensive minded coach, but all that matters to me is he wins. Alex going there is definitely an added bonus. We never really talked about committing at the same time, but we have talked about playing together a lot, and I’m excited to be going to the same school as him. Alex is a great player, and I think we can both do big things there.”
Jackson and Pettway join a long list of Centaur players who went to Washington State headlined by Michael Bumpus and Carl Paymah, who played in the NFL. Bumpus was a three time all Pac 10 selection and was signed by the Seattle Seahawks in 2008 and Paymah was a third round draft pick by the Denver Broncos in 2005.
Curtis Nettles, Tyrone Justin, Terrence Hayward, Jessy Sanchez and Alex Ngaue are other former Culver City standouts who all played for the Cougars.