0207 Nick Sheetz

Front row, from left, are Vanessa Sheetz, Nick Sheetz and Walter Sheetz. Back row, from left, are Zack Amerson, Bernard Yarbough, Sevoy Jeter, Eric Stevens and Jamar Crawford.

Emerald defensive end Nick Sheetz’ recruiting process was a long one. At times, it was confusing, but his future in college football always looked promising. Sheetz has reached the end of that process, and his destination is all the way across the country.

Sheetz signed for Washington State Wednesday night at Next Level Fitness, where he has trained with Jamar Crawford.

“(Washington State) flew me out there and I made my decision and I loved it,” Sheetz said. “What I loved about the program is it’s not all about football, it’s a family. Coach (Mike) Leach really cares about your education and I love it.”

Sheetz was visited by Washington State late in the recruiting process. He said Washington State defensive line coach Jeff Phelps contacted him and made an in-home visit before having Sheetz visit Pullman, Washington.

Before finding his spot at Washington State, Sheetz had been recruited by Tulane, Georgia Southern and Georgia State.

Sheetz started at Greenwood High, but transferred to Emerald after his sophomore year. He was an All-Lakelands selection his senior year at Emerald and logged 51 total tackles, with nine for loss.

“I had to go through adversity. I had to be patient,” Sheetz said. “This process is not easy. For all the young guys out there that are trying to get recruited, you got to be patient. If you stay in there and you believe in the man above, the day will come. I’m thankful for this process and I’m thankful for the things He put me through and I’m happy.”

At Washington State, Sheetz will likely get opportunities at multiple spots on the defensive line.

“I’m happy,” Sheetz said. “I’m ready to go out there and be a Coug.”