WSU Recruiting Roundup

THE RECRUITING SEASON shifted into a new phase on Sunday, with Washington State coaches hitting the recruiting trail. In the coming weeks, Cougar coaches will, in living rooms, high schools and junior colleges aplenty, be working to put the finishing touches on the 2013 class.

What's left to come in WSU recruiting? Quite a lot, as it turns out. Sunday was the first day coaches can begin in-person visits off the WSU campus (often referred to as the "in-home" visit period), and the Cougar coaches are expected to begin the process of sitting down with their remaining targets as early as tonight.

Mike Leach is expected to remain in Pullman the first week of the contact period and then head out on the road the next several consecutive weeks (excluding the closed periods).

A head coach can visit but once with a prospect off campus -- so timing is important. To that end, Leach probably won't be sitting down with a recruit next week who doesn't plan on making his decision until January.

Washington State has 18 known commitments (including two soft verbals in Demarcus Ayers and Vince Mayle), and Cougar coaches will certainly visit all of them over the coming weeks headed into February's signing day. For most, like 4-star QB commit Tyler Bruggman, they're rock solid and the home visit will probably be more about sharing a good meal and good conversation with prospect and family. For others, like Ayers, it's an opportunity to sit down with the prospect and his family and work on nailing down his pledge.

CF.C is projecting the Cougars to bring in a full boat of 25 in this class and by our math, WSU has one mid-year spot they can assign back to last year's numbers -- meaning WSU could sign 26 on the first Wednesday in February. The mid-year junior college signing period begins Dec. 19.

Beyond the 18 known commits, the remainder of the class figures to be heavy on the linemen. WSU has five in the o-line fold counting incoming grayshirt B.J. Salmonson and is expected to take two more. It wouldn't be a surprise if both ended up being from the junior college ranks, with Jacob Seydel, Mitchell Bell and others in the mix.

Over on the d-line, WSU has two in the fold and is looking to add from a group that includes Marquel Combs, Rod Crayton and more. CF.C is projecting the Cougs will take as many as three more d-linemen for a total of five. CF.C also sees the Cougs likely taking one more cornerback.

WSU also isn't going to turn away any of their top targets – if a star player decides to go crimson but WSU is already reasonably full at his position, they'll find room for him.

NOTABLE NOTE: The rules allow for seven coaches to be on the road for this contact period. A rules change this year for the May Evaluation period, allowing for all nine assistants to be out on the road during that evaluation period, does not apply here -- the in-home period that began Sunday still allows for only seven coaches to be out on the road at any one time.

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