Notes from the Cougar Recruiting Trail

THERE REMAINS JUST one final weekend before Signing Day arrives on Wednesday for the Cougars. Here's your expanded playbook for the latest on Washington State recruiting -- including news, notes, names, visits, number crunching and more...

THE FINAL VISIT weekend is a light one for the Cougars according to prep and JC sources -- not surprising given that the previous two weekends saw double digit visitors.

Jaydon Mickens is no longer tripping in and is deciding between Okie State and Washington. Cougar verbal B.J. Salmonson is visiting.

The only other known visitor is an in-state quarterback. He does not have a WSU offer and would be a preferred walk-on at Wazzu. We're hoping to reach him Sunday night and if successful, we will bring you more then.

ONE OF THE more often talked about subjects this time of year has to do with the numbers, counting guys towards the previous class, etc. We wanted to clear that up a little...

Here's the skinny -- a school can count mid-year enrollees towards the previous class if they had less than 25 initials (players initially placed on scholie) the prior year.

In other words, if a school had 20 initials, they could count up to five mid-year enrollees, (January in WSU's case) to the previous class. If a school had 25 initials the previous year, they would have to count any and all mid-year enrollees towards the current class.

CF.C has confirmed through Wazzu that the Cougs had 24 initials last class. So the Cougars can count one (1) of their January enrollees towards last year's class. The others will count towards this year's class.

THERE ARE A number of targets WSU is waiting on to see how things plays out over the final days.

The cornerback spot is certainly one of them, with Alphonso Marsh, Raymond Ford and Stephen Buckley all guys to keep an eye on, (and CF.C has confirmed through a Texas prep source that Buckley has a WSU offer for those who were wondering.)

Marsh is deciding between Washington State, Washington and Utah. Ford, depending on which story you read, could be headed to WSU, Nebraska, Utah or Cal. For Buckley it's between WSU and Northwestern. Marsh and Ford are 3-star prospects, Buckley isn't ranked but the prep coach we talked to raved about his hips. His reels show him at QB this year so you'll need to put your projection hat on -- click here.

  • Destiny Vaeao looks to be either headed to Washington State or OSU. As chronicled in yesterday's CF.C article, he would be a defensive end for the Cougars, a tight end for the Beavs. WSU has no d-ends this class (Keith Ewing is listed at DE by Scout at DE but he'll play LB at WSU.) Oregon State has two tight ends in the fold for 2012, three star prospects Caleb Smith out of Kent and Dustin Stanton out of Lakewood.

  • Four star prospects Cedric Dozier and Kenny Lawler are also figuring things out in the final days. Dozier reportedly had a great time on his Pullman visit, plus he had a great in-home with WSU recently. The UW in the past few days has changed tactics according to the Seattle Times, telling him they are no longer recruiting him as a cornerback but instead would take him at receiver, his preferred position. Cal, where he committed initially, however, may be tough to beat. The Lawler clan, meanwhile, we're pretty sure has broken twitter. It looks to be down to WSU and OSU, with Lawler not expected to announce until LOI Day.

  • Robert Lewis verballed to the Cougs more than a week ago, but now says he will officially announce during a ceremony tonight at South Gate South East High. He's mentioned WSU, SMU, Oregon and Utah as those he'll be deciding from. You never know in recruiting but it's a little hard to see him suddenly decommitting and choosing another school as all indications have been that he's solid to WSU. This feels more like a kid and coach wanting a ceremony from what we've heard. But, as we said, you just never know when it comes to recruiting...

  • Jeremiah Allison may take his decision all the way until Signing Day. Our take is that WSU is in a great position for him but frankly, recruiting isn't foremost in his mind right now. His focus is on his mom, who has been in the hospital for some time. We're giving him some space, if he wants to let us know he's made a decision, he knows to call. But his college choice at the moment pales in comparison to what's going on in his family.

  • Carlos Lozano, the mammoth junior college offensive tackle (6-8, 360) could also wait until Signing Day to announce. There are several schools still in the mix but it feels like a Pac-12 outcome, between WSU, Utah and UCLA.

  • We're also hearing about three other guys, all under the radar types. We'll be working the phones all weekend long and as always will bring you news on the 'Suites as soon as we hear. Charge up the tablets and laptops, it should be a fun few days headed into Wednesday.

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