CF.C Blog: Some WSU prospects waited too long

THE 2012 COMMIT LIST for Washington State, now up to 10 known verbals, is loaded with receiver/defensive back types. Coupled with the fact the Cougs only have room for around 19-20 total players in the upcoming class, that means the focus now is squarely on beef. For two local skill players who secured early WSU offers but decided to wait, it now appears there's no more room at the crimson inn.

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A pair of high school coaches with familiarity, say a pair of in-state prospects -- Trent Sewell of Bothell High, Ma'ne Manaea of Lakes High -- and others, are no longer on the Cougars' radar because there are now no more slots available at their positions.

"The guys at Washington State really like those kids but they've been super up-front with them. (They've) been telling them, for quite a while now, that they were filling up, time was short and they would not be able to hold their offer open indefinitely ... The kids wanted to wait, wanted to see if they could get more offers, and that's certainly understandable. But they waited themselves out of a Wazzu offer, and that's just the price you pay sometimes when you go ahead and stretch things out," said one prep coach.

WSU has two known verbals each at safety, receiver and corner -- a tally that almost certainly fills them up at those positions.

CF.C highlighted this number juggling issue in Luxury Suites blogs in June and July. Recruiting has changed markedly the past few years with more and more prospects making unofficial visits during the spring and summer and climbing aboard before their senior season.

Colleges, in turn, are filling up faster and faster, meaning some offerees inevitably will be left out when their position fills up. The situation is exacerbated when a school, such as WSU with the 2012 class, has less than a full complement of 25 slots available.

Aside from the possibility of taking a second running back to join Terrell Davis of Victoria, B.C., the Cougs will be focusing on the trenches between now and LOI Day, both prep coaches said.

CF.C projects WSU will take 4-5 offensive linemen, plus three more defensive linemen to go along with Maurice Bennett. In addition, an outside linebacker to go along with already landed middle ‘backer Jordan Pulu.) would seem likely. That would put Wazzu at 19-20 commitments.

This isn't to say WSU absolutely would not take an elite prospect at a position they're set at -- but those elite, as-yet uncommitted prospects that schools will hold spots open for up to the last day are very few in number. Recruiting has been swiftly changing the last few years -- recruiting is getting ever earlier -- and only a decreasing minority are ending up having the luxury of being able to take all five officials and make a protracted decision.

CF.C has learned WSU had two unofficial visitors were in Pullman this past week. Both were linemen. CF.C is in the process of tracking them down and will bring you reports on both.

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