|Ian Book decided to de-commit from Washington State and will now join Norte Dame. Book, a 3-star prospect by most recruiting services, made his decision to join the Fighting Irish on Aug. 4 (photo by Lorenzo J. Reyna).|
Ian Book – once verbally committed to Washington State – has backed away from the Cougars and will now join Norte Dame, Book announced on Aug. 4.
The Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) quarterback made his pledge to Washington State in April 2015. However, he issued this statement via his Twitter page:
“After careful consideration, I have decided to de-commit from Washington State University. I would like to thank Coach (Mike) Leach and the entire staff for having the confidence in me. WSU is a great program that I truly believe in. However, I will be furthering my education and play football at the University of Norte Dame. Go Irish.”
Andrew Ivins of rivals.com reported that Book grew close with ND offensive coordinator Mike Sanford during the coach’s time at Boise State and that Sanford convinced Book and his family to take a recent trip to South Bend, Ind. Once ND head coach Brian Kelly extended an offer last week, Book made his decision to join the Irish on Tuesday night.
Back on April 12, Book told passingdown.com that he loved the offense and coaches at WSU. He added that “the area felt like home. I’m ready to be a Cougar.”
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Book held other offers from Harvard, Yale, UNLV, Nevada, San Diego State and Boise State.
The three-year varsity starter has 4,583 yards, 48 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his prep career.