Add Monroe, Forbes to Cougs' early arrivals

IT MAY HAVE taken them a few more days than Wazzu's quintet of early January arrivals but CF.C has confirmed both prep linebacker Darryl Monroe and junior college offensive tackle transfer Rico Forbes are on campus and enrolled. Their inclusion brings to 7 total -- four from the prep ranks and three from the JC side -- Cougars getting the earliest of early head starts in the WSU football program.

New Washington State enrollees Darryl Monroe and Rico Forbes, as with the five Cougs who started classes in Pullman on Jan. 10, DE Xavier Cooper, DE Ian Knight, WR Henry Eaddy, C Taylor Meighen and WR Isiah Myers, should benefit greatly from the early start.

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.

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