Projecting 2015 recruiting class by position

IN PERUSING the lists, database and big board, Mike Leach for the 2015 recruiting class, in our view, is looking at more linebackers, more defensive backs, more d-linemen, than he is at the wide receiver position. Meanwhile, those that he already has on board as verbal pledges are of star-studded variety.

Things tend to change over the course of the recruiting cycle -- the final number, and the numbers at each position, remains in flux over the course of a recruiting year.

And if the Cougs are faced with a stud prospect who wants to come to WSU, at a position they've already filled their needs at, they're not going to turn him away. They'll find room.

That said, CF.C's early summer projection on the numbers for the Washington State class of 2015, broken down by position:

Projected to sign: 1
Verbal Commits: Tyler Hilinski, 3-stars.

Hilinski is accurate and poised, and just as important is he wants to work, improve and he's 100 percent committed to WSU and Mike Leach. Next season Tyler Bruggman will be the old man of the Cougar CB stable as a third-year sophomore, Peyton Bender will be a second-year freshman and Hilinski a true freshman. Plus, the Cougs also have rising walk on Luke Falk, who will be a third-year sophomore.

Projected to sign: 1
Verbal Commits: James Williams, 3-stars
The spring saw the Cougs as well stocked at the RB position as they have been for some time at five-deep -- but next year Theron West and Marcus Mason will have graduated and Teondray Caldwell will be a senior. Williams is slippery and athletic. And like all good all-purpose threats who adroitly run, catch and return the ball, he's a good skater -- and that gets him to the second level.

Projected to sign: 3
Verbal Commits: None
Washington State has enjoyed considerable success in recruiting wideouts since Mike Leach's arrival, for obvious reasons. Some of those to keep an eye out for include Ryan Davis out of Saint Petersburg, Florida; Federal Way's Chico McClatcher, Dallas' Adrian Miller, Deontay Burnett out of Gardena, Calif. and Tony Brown out of La Mirada, Calif.

Projected to sign: 5-6
Verbal Commits: None
Leach wants them bigger and bigger while still staying athletic, something fans saw more of this spring. Leach also has more offers out to o-linemen than to any other group so even a large-sized list would be far from comprehensive, but among those to watch for include Anaheim's Clayton Johnson; Sacramento's Darin Paulo (Darryl's brother) Kevin Estes from San Marcos, Calif.; Dru Samia out of Danville, Calif.; Reno Rosene out of Westlake Village, Calif.; Branden Bowen from Draper, Utah; Beaverton's Jared Hilbers; and Folsom's Cody Creason.

Projected to sign: 4
Verbal Commits: Thomas Toki, 4-stars
Toki verballed very early to WSU, but then started to miss the schools calling and said he was still looking around. But then he went on an unofficial visit to Pullman. Both he and his mom loved everything about it and WSU. There may still be more drama to come, (it's a long recruiting year) but at the end of the day, mom looks to be in WSU's corner and would be hard, very hard, for Toki to say no to Joe Salave'a. Some fellow Californians who could join Toki in crimson next year include Murrieta's Tevita Mounga; Ellenwood's Quentez Johnson; Norwalk's Dillon Faamatau; as well as Salt Lake City's Mufi Hunt and Kahuku's Tuli Wily-Matagi.

Projected to sign: 4
Verbal Commits: None
Bellevue's Mustafa Branch, D.J. Beavers out of Encino, Calif., Porter Gustin out of Salem, Utah, Santa Monica's Terrance Jackson; Upland's Josh Woods; Etiwanda's Khaylan Thomas and Puyallup's Mason Tobeck all bear keeping a close eye on in the coming weeks and months.

Projected to sign: 4-5
Verbal Commits: Austin Joyner, 4-stars; Kameron Powell, 4-stars
Washington State has scored a couple of high-value prospects in Joyner, a corner, and Powell, a safety. Another in the WSU defensive back orbit is Encino safety Marvell Tell -- he would be a huge recruiting win for Leach. But there are a good-sized number of other highly regarded DBs out there, including Waco's Kahlil Haughton, Isaiah Renfro out of Chatsworth, Calif., Stephen Johnson from San Leandro, Stephen Johnson from Pomona and several more.

Projected to sign: 1
Verbal Commits:
If WSU can find a quality kicker and/or punter, they may spend a scholie here – much could depend on how fall camp plays out. The two most intriguing from the state are: K Spencer Pettit out of Glacier Peak, who made field goals of 52 and 53 yards this past season with 80 percent of his kickoffs going for touchbacks, and P Jake Talbot out of Redmond (6-2 185): He was a first team KingCo 4A Crest Division pick who averaged 43.5 yards per punt in 2013.

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