Has Wilson PR storm shaken verbal commits?

THREE VERBAL commits to the Washington State football program who were reached this week by Cougfan.com remain steadfast in their pledges following the PR firestorm that has surrounded the program the last two weeks. And all offered gracious takes on Marquess Wilson's words and actions.

"I'm 100 percent committed to Washington State and excited to play for coach Mike Leach," said Tyler Bruggman.

"I'm still 100 percent a Coug," said Peyton Pelluer.

"Not at all, not a chance," said River Cracraft, when asked if the incident had given him pause about signing with WSU.

ALL THREE WSU COMMITS struggled when asked their thoughts on the matter -- not necessarily because they didn't have an opinion, but because they didn't want to speak badly of a player no longer with the program and whose letter set off the fireworks.

"I think with the coaching change, with Coach Leach bringing in more discipline, it was different than the style Marquess is used to ... \ some will like it, some won't and I think Marquess might have been one that didn't. As a recruit, I look for a staff that wants to win and doesn't accept laziness and mediocrity," said Bruggman.

"I don't know what to say because I don't know him personally, but the guys that I've talked to have basically said it's for the best," said Cracraft.

"I don't know Marquess personally so I can't speak to it all but if someone is not going to put out the effort or if they're going to be a quitter… and again, not that I'm saying he's a quitter. It's just a scary thing… But it doesn't really affect me in any way," said Pelluer.

PELLUER, CRACRAFT AND BRUGGMAN all said they had talked to WSU coaches in the past few days (and have stayed in touch a minimum of once-a-week since the season began).

Pelluer said he talked to linebackers coach Jeff Choate briefly about the situation a few days ago with Choate saying the Cougs need to have guys in the program "with the right mindset."

Cracraft, who primarily talks with Eric Morris and Jim Mastro, said Morris yesterday told him, "If you're going to bring a bad attitude that's not what they want there..they want guys that are willing to work."

Bruggman said he has a good conversation with Leach on Tuesday. And on the subject of Wilson? Not much was said about it. Because it didn't have to be.

"We didn't really talk about (Wilson.) I already kinda had the feeling he wasn't putting forth as much effort as he should, I kinda knew he wasn't the most dedicated athlete on the team…We just talked about football, it was just a normal conversation: how the season is going, how practices are going, how their game went on Saturday… Coach Leach said they played well, played hard. He said they had improved a lot since the beginning of the year and just that he's excited for the future," said Bruggman.

NONE OF THE three said they had heard from other suitors since the tumult began.

"I haven't heard from anybody, and if I hear from anyone I'm solid on Washington State," said Bruggman.

  • Bruggman and Brophy Prep (11-2) have won their first two playoff games and play in the semis Friday against Mountain Pointe (11-1). Bruggman and crew dealt Mountain Pointe their only defeat of the season earlier in the year.

  • Cracraft according to maxpreps has 48 catches on the year for 815 yards (16.98 avg) with six TDs. He and Santa Margarita (9-2) host St. Bonaventure (10-1) in a Pac-5 quarterfinal matchup on Friday. Cracraft and Co. dealt St. Bonaventure their only loss earlier this season.

  • Pelluer, despite missing four games with a shoulder injury before returning this past week, was named first team KingCo 4A Crown Division recently. Pelluer and No. 1 Skyline (10-0) face Roosevelt on Friday in a quarterfinal game.

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