WSU CLASS OF 2011
February 2, 2011
LISTING OF SIGNED LETTERS OF INTENT RECEIVED:
CB Spencer Waseem (5-10, 170) Apopka, FL; Apopka High
Waseem is rated No. 46 in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida Super60. He runs a legit 4.47 in the 40, has a good nose for the ball and packs a surprising punch. Waseem does some of his best work out in space, and regularly made tackles away from his side of the field.
TE Max Hersey (6-2, 233) Tacoma, WA; Curtis High
He was named all-classifications, all-state by not one but two sources. Hersey was also a first-team all-SPSL South pick on both the offensive and defensive line. Put succinctly, he was a nightmare for opponents. Because he verballed so early in the process, he's been overlooked – he shouldn't be.
DT David Davis (6-2, 270) Palos Verdes Estates, CA; Palos Verdes High
A first-team All-Bay League selection two years running, he is a major weightlifter and was named All-CIF Northern Division this past month. Davis was the quintessential disruptive force this season during Palos Verdes' playoff run -- and one of the main reasons why is because he uses leverage so adeptly and has such a good motor. Davis' grandfather is Willie Davis -- the Hall of Fame defensive end who starred for the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s.
LB Logan Mayes (6-3, 230) Eugene, OR; Marist High
An unholy terror this season -- The 5A Defensive Player of the Year and he was named all-state on BOTH sides of the ball, plus he earned a host of other honors and accolades. Mayes, son of CougGreat Rueben Mayes, logged 84 tackles, including 13 ½ sacks on defense. He is pegged for the LEO linebacker position at WSU.
S Max Gama (6-0, 185) La Mirada, CA; La Mirada High
Gama has excellent read and react skills in the defensive backfield. He was needed on offense this past season as his team's leading rusher, he gained 689 yards with 12 TDs during the regular season, but he'll line up at safety when he gets to WSU. In time and as he develops physically, he could potentially move up in the box to outside linebacker.
DT T.J. Poloai (6-2, 265) Sacramento, CA; Luther Burbank High
The Metro Conference Lineman of the Year, Poloai is a mauler with surprising athleticism. He also showed a solid understanding of proper pad level and used leverage to his advantage this past season. In so doing, he dominated the point of attack as a senior. Paulo already had a squat of 550 pounds headed into his senior year.
LB Tana Pritchard (6-3, 205) Lakewood, WA; Clover Park High
The term "versatile" doesn't quite cover it. All-classifications, all-state punter. All-area quarterback. All-league safety. And leading scorer – at 22 points a game currently – for the No. 2-ranked Class 2A team in the state. A four year starting QB, he'll play LB at WSU and although he will need to bulk up before reaching his potential at the Pac-12 level, he's already one heck of a hitter. He was held out of contact drills this past season because too many of his teammates were getting hurt.
LB Darryl Paulo (6-3, 250) Sacramento, CA; Grant High
Physical and relentless, he racked up 150 tackles this season, tops on a Grant team packed with future Pac-10 players, and came within one tackle of leading his team as a junior. He also played every snap, starring on grant's special teams. He also logged 5 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries, 3 forced fumbles and an interception. Offensively, he aveaged 17.79 ypc at tight end, with 14 grabs for 249 yards. He'll come to WSU as a linebacker but don't be surprised if he develops into a defensive end, he's closer to 6-4 than he is 6-3 and he's still growing.
RB =Marcus Mason (5-8.5, 175) Etiwanda, CA; Etiwanda High
An All-CIF Inland Division and all-Baseline League first teamer, Mason has been clocked with a sub-4.4 laser time in the 40 -- but he also plays physical. He rushed for 1,623 yards and 15 TDs as a senior in 2010 -- an average of 135 yards per game. He also caught 17 passes for 232 yards and four touchdowns.
LB Chester Sua (6-2, 215) Pearl City, HI; Kaimuki High
This native Samoan was a two-way star in high school, playing RB and LB, but projects as a college LB and could see immediate playing time. Senior year rushed for 1,625 yards, and 20 touchdowns on 250 carries while catching eight passes for 117 yards and three scores. On defense, he grabbed four interceptions, one returned for a touchdown. Team went 12-2 on year and reached D2 state championship. Named first-team All-State at running back and first-team all-conference at linebacker. Rated the No. 15 outside linebacker prospect in the nation by Scout.com. Named to Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100 list.
OL Wendell Taiese (6-6, 350) Oakland, CA; McClymonds High
A mammoth o-lineman who could play either inside or outside up front, he was a Class 5A first team All-State selection as a senior. Physical, tough and nasty, he excelled in all phases as a senior but especially when called upon to open running lanes. Offensive linemen don't have official stats but Taiese, who has a wrestling background, racked up a ridiculous 150 pancake blocks this past season.
QB Cody Clements (6-0, 196) Whittier, CA; La Harbra High
Was a member of four California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section title winners and the starting QB on the last two of those championship squads. In his two seasons at the helm he passed for 4,217 yards, 61 TDs and just six interceptions. In 2010, when he completed 67 percent of his throws and earned league MVP honors, he fired but one INT in 206 pass attempts.
DE Brock Lutes (6-3, 218) Newberg, OR; Newberg High
WR Dominique Williams (6-3, 193) Pomona, CA; Garey High
WR Rahmel Dockery (5-10, 170) Tacoma, WA; Curtis High
One of the most-decorated players in recent state of Washington history. In 2010 he led team to a 12-1 record and a semifinal berth at the 4A State Championship. Named to the Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100. Also named paper's All-State Player of the Year. Totaled more than 2,600 all-purpose yards. Finished with 73 catches for 1,443 yards and 17 touchdowns, rushed for 713 yards, averaging 14.6 yards per carry. Named All-SPSL 4A Offensive Back of the Year and first-team all-league wide receiver and special teams. Consensus All-State pick. Also had huge numbers as a junior. OL Alex Mitchell (6-3, 295) Portland, OR; Jefferson High
TE/ATH Mansel Simmons (6-5, 231) Elk Grove, CA; Sheldon High
Also officially in but not required to sign an LOI
DE/DT Demetrius Cherry (6-6, 270) Frostproof, FL; Oak Ridge Military Academy.
THE JC TRANSFERS:
DE Lenard Williams (6-2, 270) Chesterfield, S.C.; Iowa Western
OL Matt Goetz (6-4, 270) Cibolo, Texas; Navarro JC
ALREADY ENROLLED AT WASHINGTON STATE:
DE Xavier Cooper (6-4 1/2, 268) Tacoma, WA; Wilson High
WR Henry Eaddy (5-8, 170) Orlando, FL; Olympia High
OT Rico Forbes (6-4, 260) Corsicana, TX; Navarro JC
DE Ian Knight (6-2, 244) El Dorado, KS; Butler CC
C Taylor Meighen (6-3, 285) Kilgore, TX; Kilgore JC
LB Darryl Monroe (6-1, 210) Orlando, FL; Dr. Phillips High
WR Isiah Myers (6-0, 170) Orlando, FL; Olympia High
Note: CF.C projects two additional signings to become official in the near future after the paperwork machinations are all finalized, that of junior college transfer DEs Eli Edwards and Niko Aumua.