Not only do they start classes and get a feel for the a 4-year college curriculum in the offseason, they can also go through the Cougs' winter conditioning program -- plus spring ball -- as well as the summer's voluntary workout program.
All of this in advance of fall camp.
IT JUST WASN'T all that long ago when an entire incoming recruiting class used to arrive on campus a couple days before fall camp started in August. Under Paul Wulff, however, virtually all of WSU's recruiting class arrives, apart from the early January enrollees, in time for summer school.
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Washington State SID Bill Stevens confirmed Monroe and Forbes are now enrolled, with Forbes having started classes last week. And with Monroe locked and loaded, it figures to put an exclamation point on one of the Cougars' finest linebacker recruiting classes in recent years.
In addition to Monroe, the Cougars have solid verbals from highly ranked 'backers Chester Sua, Logan Mayes and Max Hersey, (although Hersey is expected to play tight end for the Cougs), plus Tana Pritchard.
FOR THE SEVEN new Cougars, the benefits of being able to go through the 15-practice spring session are large indeed, and along with their other five Cougar teammates, Monroe and Forbes figure to be ones to watch this spring.
Monroe as a high school senior was perhaps overshadowed by highly regarded players on both his team and in the Orlando area, but the Florida 'backer was the leading tackler for state runners-up Dr. Phillips High – racking up 136 stops, 8 for loss, with 8 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries.
Forbes this season from his right tackle spot helped lead Navarro to the NJCAA national championship, a 13-12 win over Butler on Dec. 5. It was his first junior college season playing on the o-line, having lined up at d-tackle his first year at Navarro.