Cougs figure to be busy in January

WITH JUST OVER one month to go before Signing Day, the Cougs are in good shape with the numbers and positional needs in the 2013 recruiting class. But to wrap a bow around it all, the Cougs will be busy in January.

Part of recruiting is hanging onto the guys already in the class. Washington State at the start of January has 22 known commits plus two grayshirts for a total of 24 in the class. But that doesn't mean they're done.

CF.C projects the Cougs will take as many as five more, with a total of 28-29 to come on board before it's all said and done.

WSU has had a flurry of d-line verbals this past month, but we don't think they're done there yet either.

The projections are for the Cougars to take 1-2 more defensive linemen, 1 offensive lineman, 1 cornerback and 1 from the best athlete category.

Those numbers come with the caveat that WSU isn't going to turn away a top target – if a guy high on the leaderboard decides to go crimson, WSU will find room for him regardless of position, for example a Taj Williams or a Sebastian LaRue. Otherwise, a combination of three more linemen, a corner and the best athlete available look to be in the cards.

NT Rod Crayton would be another big get for Washington State and continue the Cougs' defensive line recruiting roll. Wazzu scored three defensive linemen in December, with Paulo Lepua and Lyman Faoliu big gets and Emmitt Su'a-Kalio from American Samoa less well known but with very high potential. The Cougars also have received a d-line commitment from Gerald Sterling, a three-star prospect from Alabama.

Crayton, a three-star nose tackle prospect out of Alabama has offers from across the country. The Cougs made a strong impression on him during his official visit but the competition for him remains stout. Zelt Minor, a SMU verbal, is another to keep an eye on. Minor had a solid season at Lamar High in Houston but he went nuclear during his team's recent playoff run. Demetrius Campbell, a three star junior college d-lineman out of East Los Angeles, is another one potentially in the mix.

Meanwhile, Forrest Reedy is among those who would provide a nice capper to a Cougar o-line class that features Jacob Seydel, Matt Meyer, Carlos Freeman, Cole Madison and Cody O'Connell. Wazzu also has grayshirt B.J. Salmonson coming in.

At corner, Washington State was the first to offer Chidobe Awuzie and he's expected to trip in January. Darius Allenworth is a Cal commit who said last month he's taking a trip to Pullman in January. And as far as athleticism goes, Darren Andrews, Hunter Jarmon, Tatum Taylor and many others all fit that bill.

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