ROUNDUP: What's left for Cougs in recruiting

WITH RECRUITING season in the stretch run, Washington State hits the holidays with 20 verbal pledges in the barn and 2 soft commitments at the door. Presuming the Cougars oversign a bit, that means Paul Wulff and staff could have as many as 10 slots to fill between now and Signing Day on Feb. 2.

Looking at who's in and who's on the bubble... Here's our read headed into the holidays, broken down by position, on where the Cougars' remaining needs reside.

QUARTERBACK: Cody Clements is the real deal, he's coming off a compelling, championship season and looks rock-solid in his pledge to the Cougars.
Remaining need: 0.

RECEIVER: The Cougs have verbals from Dominique Williams of Pomona and the Florida duo of Henry Eaddy and Isiah Myers of Orlando. Coupled with returning talent, the position should be set.
Remaining need: 0.

RUNNING BACK: Talk about fluid. A few months ago this position seemed all-but-wrapped up with verbals from Demarcus James and Bishop Sankey. James, from Alabama, recently decided he wanted to stay closer to home and Sankey, from Spokane, might be a 50/50 proposition at best as he entertains other offers from Maryland and Washington. If Sankey bolts, WSU no doubt has a short list to fill the spot, CF.C is following up leads on who they might be.
Remaining need: 1 to 3.

TIGHT END: Max Hersey of Tacoma is rated by as one of the top 40 middle linebackers in the nation. And he earned all-classifications All-State honors this season for his work on the defensive line. But his athleticism suggests he'll be a tight end in college. The Cougars return Andrei Lintz and Skylar Stormo, who will be juniors next season, and highly touted Aaron Dunn is expected back in the fall after sitting out his freshman season with a broken wrist, so Hersey looks to be it in this class.
Remaining need: 0.

OFFENSIVE LINE: Offensive tackle Stephan Nembot (6-7, 270) had Pac-10 schools chasing after him after exploding onto the scene this past spring – he has about as high of a ceiling as one can have, whether that's at o-tackle or on the d-line. Midyear junior college signees Rico Forbes (OT) and Taylor Meighen (C) will be expected to be compete for starting spots in spring ball. With three returning starters (four if you consider John Fullington's five starts), redshirting frosh like Jake Rodgers and veteran talent like Andrew Roxas ready to compete for starting jobs, the Cougars are still expected to actively go after prep and junior college o-linemen alike.
Remaining need: 2 to 4.

LINEBACKER: Even with Hersey slotted at tight end, the Cougars' take at LB is impressive. Chester Sua (No. 17) and Logan Mayes (No. 49) are among the top OLB prospects in the nation, and multi-dimensional Tana Pritchard has the frame and feet to succeed here even though he's new to the spot, having been an all-world quarterback, defensive back and punter at Clover Park High. In addition, there's Darryl Monroe, who is rated the No. 69 MLB prospect in the nation.
Remaining need: 0 if Monroe stays, 1 if not.

SAFETY: WSU has a solid verbal commitment from Max Gama, who is rated the No. 4 safety prospect in all of California by Looking at the Cougar roster, with a youthful mix rising in both experience and level of play, the position looks to be set.
Remaining need: 0.

CORNER: Spencer Waseem out of Florida is rated No. 46 in the Orlando Sentinel's Super 60. Similar to the safety position, the Cougs have a healthy number of youthful, rising corners and look to be set, or to possibly take one more.
Remaining need: 0 to 1.

DEFENSIVE LINE: WSU has 7 verbals listed as defensive linemen in this class -- 3 d-tackles and 4 d-ends. Three of the defensive ends are junior college transfers and one, Ian Knight, is a mid-year transfer who will take part in spring ball. While WSU has a large number of defensive linemen already in the class, the Cougs, as on the offensive line, are likely to continue active pursuit of both prep and junior college defensive linemen alike down the recruiting stretch drive.
Remaining need: 1 to 4.

  • Recruiting is fluid, and needs can change rapidly due to a variety of factors. One other caveat to note – even though the Cougs look to be set at some positions, if a star high up on their board suddenly becomes available, don't be surprised if they go after him. It would likely mean a special player, one they would take even if they were fairly well set at the position, but in recruiting it remains a possibility all the way to Signing Day.

  • The time between now and LOI day is effectively closer than it looks -- at least for the coaches -- because there are two dead periods that knock out much of the next three weeks: Dec. 20 to Jan. 3 and Jan 10 to 13.

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