WSU Recruiting Road Map

THE SIZE OF ANY recruiting class tends to evolve over the course of the year. With that in mind, has crunched the numbers, analyzed the depth chart and relative strength of each position, and mapped out a best estimate of where WSU now stands and where it needs to go by the time letters are signed in February.

CF.C is currently projecting WSU to take 21 in the 2013 class. That number factors in three slots for attrition and oversigning.

Matching up those numbers with the verbal commitments WSU has secured so far suggests that the next seven months before letters of intent are inked will be more cruise control than mad scramble.

Of the 21 projected slots available, 10 are now filled.

The position breakdown is as follows:

1 QB: done
4-star Tyler Bruggman is in the house.

1 RB: done
Gerard Wicks will be featured back this year at powerhouse Long Beach Poly

2-3 WR: done or close to it
River Cracraft and Demarcus Ayers pledged only days apart.

4-5 OL: a ways to go
Wenatchee's Cody O'Connell is the lone, though rock solid, verbal at this point.

4 DL: lots of work to do
We're going to slot recent verbal Cole Madison here as an end, but he could turn out to be an OL or possibly a slot receiver/h-back type.

3 LB: nearing completion
Peyton Pelluer and JC transfer Ivan McLennan make nice bookends, though McLennan's verbal commit was about as luke warm as they come.

4 DB: half-way there
We're projecting the need for 3 corners and 1 safety. Right now the Cougars have verbals from Markell Sanders and Trevor Walker. Depending whom you talk with, they're both destined for safety or both destined for corner. Either way, they're athletic and fast.

1 K/P: no one on horizon yet
Cougs offered Mount Si's Cameron VanWinkle but he's headed to UW.

The emphasis from here on out figures to be mostly on the two lines, where the Cougs figure to take a collective eight or nine.

The wide receiver spot holds some intrigue, because the Cougars really don't appear pressed to take more than two and certainly wouldn't figure to need more than three. With the bang-bang verbals of Ayers and Cracraft, could some wideout prospects have waited too long to decide?


It all depends on if a prospect is so special that the Cougs are willing to both wait and to sacrifice a spot intended for another position. If the Cougs really love a particular wide receiver, for example, they'll make it work. It could mean someone else grayshirts, doesn't qualify, the numbers at a particular position decrease by one -- there are multiple possibilities that could be entertained as the recruiting cycle evolves.

WSU also won't spend a scholarship on a kicker they're not 110 percent sold on. They'll use the spot elsewhere if the right foot isn't available.

All things being equal, WSU has 11 spots left to fill in its 2013 class. By our count, as many as eight of them will be going to offensive or defensive linemen.

Recruiting is a fast and fickle game, however, and seven months until LOIs are signed is a veritable lifetime away.

One thing is certain, though: WSU's talent windfall in June looks to have taken a lot of suspense out of January.

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