NEW WSU CHIEF OF STAFF Dave Emerick is hitting the ground running on recruiting at Washington State.

Washington State has 19 known verbal commits in this class and Emerick said the process of touching base with all, and going through tape, is well underway.

It is, however, too early to say if all of them will come to Pullman, he said.

"We're doing all of that and we'll complete it as soon as possible," said Emerick. "We're going to talk with each and every one of them, and we've seen some film but not all. We want to make sure it's the right situation for us and for them too. So we're going to reach out to all of them and that's obviously a top priority.

"The previous staff did a great job of recruiting, there are some great players on campus and we have to continue that."

The in-home visit period is underway but Mike Leach has first to fill out his staff, said Emerick, who added he wasn't overly concerned that WSU doesn't have a full contingent of coaches in the living rooms just yet.

"The first priority is to put a great staff together -- you don't want to rush anything there and you want to be sure you get it right. But as soon as they get hired, you want to fly them into Pullman, get them a WSU sweater and then get them out on the road," said Emerick.

The good news is that numbers-wise, the class is virtually full for 2012, which helps decrease the rush to get the coaches on the road. The challenge, naturally, is that there is little time before the upcoming dead period (Dec. 19 – Jan. 3) and Signing Day (Feb. 1) to put any finishing touches on the group. Emerick arrived in Pullman full-time as of yesterday.

Among those 19 known verbal commits in WSU's 2012 class:

  • Four from the state of Washington. Included in that group is Jordan Pulu, a linebacker who has perhaps flown under the radar comparatively speaking but who has huge potential.

  • It's a class heavy on the o-line, with six offensive linemen in the group.

  • The biggest need remaining on the board looks to be d-tackles to join Maurice Bennett.

  • The Cougars have a headliner in QB Austin Apodaca, who tore up the state of Colorado this year to the tune of 3,849 yards and 44 TDs. He was 256-364 (70 percent) on the season.

  • WSU has but one known junior college commit, Theron West, but that may change, as the Cougs could go after some JC d-tackles and potentially fill other spots as well.

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