Rating the strength of commitments to WSU

THE TENDENCY IN recruiting is to focus on who's next. But the talent wars are just as much about keeping the ones already in the barn. And with recruits who have verbally committed, that's sometimes where the real work comes in. Today, with LOIs to be signed in less than a month, CF.C takes a look at Washington State's known commit list and assesses how solid those pledges are.

This unscientific assessment is based on conversations with prospects and prep coaches, plus published reports. We put ratings on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being squishier than a wheelbarrow full of Jello-covered bullfrogs and 10 being the Rock Gibralter. In the first of a two-part series, we take a look at the offensive side of the ball.

QB Cody Clements
This guy is very intriguing. He might just end up being the guy everyone talks about as the plum of the class four years from now. His accuracy is uncanny, with one interception in 206 pass attempts in 2010, and he makes plays with his arm and his feet. And all he does is win. He led La Habra to its fourth consecutive California Southwest Division Championship last month. He remained steadfast to WSU throughout the recruiting process and is a huge fan of Paul Wulff and offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy.
Commitment Scale: 10


RB Bishop Sankey
He set the all-time career Greater Spokane League rushing mark after racking up more than 2,500 ground yards in 2010. The Gonzaga Prep product finished with 4,529 career hashes, crushing the old mark set by Tyree Clowe of Central Valley. Most fans have probably forgotten, but when Sankey verbally committed to WSU in December 2009, Sankey said Paul Wulff asked him if he was sure he was ready to end the recruiting process. He said he was, but it didn't stay that way. He's a soft verbal to WSU, having taken official visits to Minnesota and Maryland, and slated to take trips this month to Washington and Vanderbilt as well as WSU.
Commitment Scale: 5

WR Henry Eaddy
Florida recruitnicks have compared Eaddy to Oregon State's James Rodgers. A lightly recruited, 5-8, 170-pounder, he might just explode onto the college scene. Not just a pass catcher, but also a nifty runner. Is the fly sweep about to be part of WSU's attack? Eaddy, who ranked No. 33 on the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida Super 60, has been solid since the day he verbally committed to WSU this past summer. An early high school graduate, he'll begin classes next week at WSU and go through spring ball.
Commitment Scale: 10

WR Isiah Myers
As classmate of Eaddy's at Olympia High, Myers has the ability to put up big numbers. He broke out as a junior when Olympia's star receiver was injured for four games. Olympia didn't throw much in 2010 and when they did, they spread it around with eight players catching passes. But Myers led the team in receptions with 25. He's quick rather than ultra-fast, and is rated No. 29 on the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida Super 60. Like Eaddy, he has been rock solid throughout and is also an early high school graduate who will begin classes at Wazzu next week.
Commitment Scale: 10

WR Dominique Williams
It's surprising that Williams hasn't gotten more pub, and lots of it. He has a great frame (6-4, 190), 4.5 speed and off-the-charts athleticism, starrig in both football and basketball for Garey High in Pomona. He played on a football team that didn't have a lot of weapons, and that led to him facing double and triple teams. Yet he still racked up 18 touchdowns in leading Garey to its first playoff appearance in 10 years. He was named first-team all-league and second-team all-Inland. One newspaper tabbed him the league's best player. The Prep Sports Bulletin reported in early December that Williams was still looking at other schools. When contacted by CF.C, he said he was still committed to WSU but coaches at other schools were keeping in contact. CF.C touched base again with Williams late Thursday night and he enthusiastically said he was 100 percent committed to WSU. He also noted he took no other official trips and will take none in January prior to signing with Washington State on Feb. 2.
Commitment Scale: 10

OL Stephan Nembot
Still learning the game, this immigrant from Cameroon has sky's-the-limit potential written all over him. He could be a prototypical offensive tackle, or he could play on the defensive line, though many observers believe OL is where he will shine brightest. He started playing football only a year ago. Has absolutely huge hands, and is a multi-sport athlete. WSU won a recruiting battle royale for him back in October. Since then, he's said he's continuing to look and listen and see what's out there. Nembot has said he remains committed to WSU. UCLA might be the one the Cougs have to fend off most when it comes down to crunch time, he's said he may take an official visit to Westwood in late January. The Huskies also are lurking.
Commitment Scale: 7

OL Rico Forbes
Played the past two seasons at Navarro JC in Corsicana, Texas, where he helped lead his team to the NJCAA national title. After a freshman season on the d-line, Forbes switched to the o-line for the 2010 season and took to it like he'd played it all his life. A native of the Bahamas, Forbes is close friends with old CouGreat Devard Darling. He prepped at St. Pius High School in Houston, Texas, and originally signed with Baylor before attending Navarro. As a mid-year transfer, he has already signed his LOI and starts classes at WSU next week.
Commitment Scale: Signed and sealed

OL Taylor Meighen
He could play center or guard at WSU, and has played all five OL positions. Out of Kilgore JC in Texas, Meighen this past season was named first-team SWJCFC all-conference. He was a full qualifier coming out of Kelly High in Beaumont. WSU likes his toughness and leadership qualities. As a mid-year transfer, he has already signed his LOI and starts classes at WSU next week.
Commitment Scale: Signed and sealed


COMING NEXT: The strength of commitments on the defensive side of the Cougars' 2011 recruiting class.

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