Washington State scored a huge win Monday when it gained the signature of linebacker Daiyan Henley.

The former Nevada defender officially committed to and signed with the Wazzu program during the Early Signing Period, which ended last Friday. He picked the Cougars over Washington, USC, and Kansas State. The program announced the addition on Monday.

Henley represents a major coup for coach Jake Dickert as he enters into his first offseason as the lead man.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Henley, a Los Angeles native, led Nevada in tackles (103), interceptions (four), fumble recoveries (three) and defensive scores (two) last season en route to a second-team All-Mountain West selection. He also had four pass breakups and three tackles for loss. It was a breakout season for the fifth-year senior after playing wideout and safety early in his career.

He moved to linebacker in 2020, putting up 49 tackles in 9 games.

A season-ending injury suffered four games into the 2019 season gives Henley another year of eligibility. He’ll be a one-and-done defender for the Cougars next season, looking for another big year, this time at the Power Five level.