COUGAR RECRUITING BY THE NUMBERS

THERE ARE ANY number of ways to slice and dice a recruiting class. Here's one based purely on the numbers. There's also an update on the whereabouts of the nine pre-Leach commits who weren't asked to stay, as well as a rundown on some prospects who got away.

11
Number of states and territories represented in WSU's new class.

14
Number of signees from California.
And also the number of kickoffs JC transfer Mike Bowlin booted for touchbacks last season -- 13 more than did WSU.

3
Number of signees from Washington.

8
Number of signees who weigh 275 pounds or more, with Denzell Dotson leading the way on offense at 315 and JC transfer Ioane Gauta setting the pace on defense at 310.
Also the number of signees who stand 5-foot-11 or less, led by 5-7 running back Theron West.

69
Number of TD passes Austin Apodaca threw over his junior and senior seasons.

63
Number of sacks Jeremiah Allison posted in his prep career.

53rd
Scout.com's national ranking of WSU's recruiting class after all the dust settled, fueled by the late increase in stars from 2 to 3 for JC transfers Niu Sale, Ioane Guata and Theron West. No. 53 puts WSU just ahead of Syracuse and just behind Indiana.

28
Total members of the class, with two (Dockery and Mitchell) being bounce backs from the 2011 class.

4
Number of new Cougs who enrolled in classes at WSU last month. Correction: Per WSU's compliance department, of them, two will be counted toward last year's recruiting class.

TOO MANY NUMBERS TO PICK JUST ONE
Receiver Brett Bartolone, who is following his old La Habra High battery-mate Cody Clements to WSU, has so many interesting numbers swirling around him that it's impossible to pick just one. So he gets a whole paragraph here. A sampling from his resume .... In his four years on the La Habra varsity, the team won 45 games and four league titles. This past season he rushed for 924 yards and caught passes for another 643, racking up a collective 17 TDs along the way. He was twice named his league's offensive player of the year -- and that's saying something because when he was a junior Clements also turned in one stellar campaign.

WHERE DID THE 9 END UP?
Nine of the 19 verbal commits that Mike Leach inherited from Paul Wulff were not retained by the new staff. Here's where they wound up going ....

  • DB Dalen Jones, Fresno State
  • DT Maurice Bennett, Cal? Jacksonville State?
  • RB Terrell Davis, Arizona State.
  • RB C.J. Brathwaite, Kent State.
  • OL Fernando Villanueva, San Jose State.
  • LB Jordan Pulu, Eastern Washington.
  • WR Travis Gardner, Nevada.
  • DBs Rashad Jackson and Vershad Jackson, New Mexico

    THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY
    The Cougars went down to the wire (or close to it) with a number of prospects who opted to play ball elsewhere. Some of the notables were ...

  • OL Jake Eldrenkamp, UW
  • WR Jayden Mickens, UW
  • WR Cedric "Filibuster" Dozier, Cal
  • WR Kenny Lawler, Cal
  • CB Raymond Ford, Cal
  • CB Alphonso Marsh, Utah
  • OL Carlos Lozano, Utah

    OH BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?
    David Bucannon, brother of WSU junior-to-be Deone Bucannon, signed with the Cougars, but he isn't the only brotherly Coug who's going to be playing college ball next season. Jared Karsetter's brother Kurtis is headed to Idaho State and Jay Matthews' brother Alex is going to Penn.

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