James Logan High's Toni Pole, a first-team All-East Bay tight end and second-team All-East Bay defensive lineman, became the seventh East Bay football player to commit to Washington State when he made an oral commitment on Monday.

"(Washington State) is a good place and a place where I can focus," Pole said. "I'm looking at my future, and WSU will give me everything I need to be successful."

Pole said the plan for him is to play defensive end for the Cougars, but he could end up at defensive tackle depending on how big he gets. He chose WSU over Utah and Arizona State. He joins Deer Valley's Kristoff Williams, Berkeley's Rickey Galvin, Encinal's Tyrone Duckett, Oakland's Damante Horton and Pittsburg's Robert Jiles and Tracy Clark as local players who have said they are heading to Pullman.

College Park's Raciti commits: In the young recruiting campaign of new San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre, College Park's Travis Raciti might go down as his easiest commitment earned. According to Raciti, he needed just eight minutes to give MacIntyre his oral commitment during a meeting Sunday.

"The meeting was at 10:15 and we were out of it at 10:23," Raciti said. "He asked what other programs were talking to me, and I said 'Coach, I'll be completely upfront with you. If you guys give me an offer, I'll sign on.' "

MacIntyre made the offer, and the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Raciti became the second Diablo Valley Athletic League player to commit to the Spartans for 2010. Concord's Forrest Hightower gave an oral commitment on Jan. 15.


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Raciti says the Spartans coaching staff would like him to start at tight end but that he eventually could move to the defensive line.

— Chace Bryson