Put together fast, how '08 class grades out..

THEY CAME TOGETHER almost overnight, a mostly unheralded collection of prepsters and a handful of JC players. So how'd they turn out, this hastily gathered group of 25 athletes that Paul Wulff and staff had six weeks to secure after succeeding Bill Doba at the helm of Cougar football?

In general terms, WSU's 2008 recruiting class is about what was expected. Which is to say, unremarkable.

Given the fact there were only three verbals in the stable when Doba departed, and the holiday quiet period started just days after Wulff was hired, "unremarkable" is actually pretty impressive.

That's because the unvarnished truth is that the then-new staff was forced mostly to go after players who were headed to non-BCS or Division I-AA schools. Cory Mackay and Kevin Frank were the only two high schoolers in the class with other BCS offers.

Generally speaking, UNLV and Fresno State were the biggest competitors Wulff & Co. were battling in those six weeks, with Portland State and Northern Arizona the more common foe.

They were pretty much starting from scratch, because Jared Karstetter, Dan Spitz and Tom Hodgdon were the only verbal commits they inherited.

Of the prep players ultimately signed on LOI Day that first week of February, only Karstetter has, as of now, turned into a bona fide Pac-10 standout. He will leave WSU at season's end as one of the most prolific pass catchers in school history.

Four others from the high school portion of the class have become regular starters: defensive tackle Anthony Laurenzi, safety Tyree Toomer, cornerback Daniel Simmons, and tight end Andrei Lintz. Linebacker Mike Ledgerwood is a some-time starter. With the exception of Ledgerwood, all have been redshirted so they have one more year to add to the story of their WSU careers.

What stands out most about the class might be the two guys who left us wondering what might have been. Cory Mackay and LeAndre Daniels, arguably the two members of the class with the highest upside, had their careers cut short. Mackay was paralyzed in an auto accident and Daniels had to hang it up following a broken vertebrae in his neck.

"The time constraints that overshadowed the building of this class were insurmountable, but it turned out to be OK," says Cougfan.com recruiting guru Barry Bolton. "It could have been a disaster. Instead, they brought in some good athletes and solid contributors. Not so much superstars, but guys that could help lay a foundation. Mackay and Daniels, I think, could have been true difference-maker types of guys, to such a level that their absences really changes the complexion of the class."

No truer words.

There are a number of solid contributors in the class, though I honestly doubt if any of 'em, except maybe Karstetter and (now-graduated) Zack Williams, could start for one of top 6 teams in the Pac-12. But that's not necessarily the best way to view this class. While not a bunch of barnburners, they did bring some stability and athleticism to the program. They stopped the bleeding from recruiting meltdown between 2004 and 2007."

Here's the complete run down:

S LeAndre Daniels – Promising defensive back saw his career end after neck fracture.

RB Louis Bland – After promising freshman season, has been plagued by injuries and missed past 2 ½ seasons.

WR Michael Vandenkolk – Left to transfer somewhere closer to home in California

C Zack Williams – Starting center for the Cougs who became an NFL draft pick.

DE Adam Coerper - After three non-descript seasons, sudden improvement led to him becoming a full time starter in 2010. Has played in seven games this season, with nine tackles.

DT Bernard Wolfgramm - A two year starter out of junior college, battled injuries over his WSU career.

OT Alex Reitnouer – Never able to develop size needed and back injuries forced him to shut it down this season.

DE Cory Mackay – Poised to be starting DE and rising performer when tragic traffic accident resulted in paralysis.

MLB Mike Ledgerwood – Backup linebacker who has filled in on the starting unit at times CB Kevin Frank – Redshirted as a freshman and then left program following a run-in with the law.

DT Anthony Laurenzi – Earned starting role towards the end of last season and is one of WSU's top d-tackles.

DT Bernard Wolfgramm – Played full time starter before using up his two years of eligibility.

CB Terrance Hayward – Played sparingly before leaving WSU.

S Jay Matthews – Injury-plagued throughout his career at WSU.

WR Kevin Norrell – After promising first season, left WSU following suspension for off field incidents.

S Tyree Toomer – Has started 23 games at safety over his WSU career.

RB Chantz Staden – Gained 231 rushing yards over two seasons, primarily as a reserve DT Josh Luapo – Played in four games his first season due to injury, academically ineligible next season.

DE Jessy Sanchez – JUCO defenseman unable to crack WSU two-deeps.

LB Myron Beck – Actually a walk on initially, but earned a scholie in short order. Moved from JUCO WR to starting linebacker and one of WSU's better players on D in his time at WSU. Graduated in '10.

TE Andrei Lintz -- – After TEs were pulled from offense in '10, cracked starting lineup this season, has five catches this season for 69 yards, with one TD.



QB Calvin Schmidtke – Never made it to WSU, LOI was deemed void after latest in string of legal incidents.

DE Skylar Stormo Moved over to d-line this season in a backup role. PT Dan Spitz – Changed from DL to OL, forced into starting lineup this year after injury to starter.

OG Tim Hodgdon – Unable to crack the two-deeps, left the program earlier this year.

WR Jared Karstetter – Developed into one of the best pass catchers and possession receivers on the team

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