How to characterize WSU's 2013 class?

ABOVE ALL, the recruiting class that Mike Leach unveiled yesterday is athletic. That's an overused word in the recruiting vernacular but it's the key to Leach's talent upgrade process. The group has speed and size, but the characteristic that stands out most is versatility. This is a multi-dimensional group, with a number of them possibly growing into positions other than the ones listed today.

Here's what else we know about the class ...

  • It was built creatively. There are four JC transfers, 2 grayshirt holdovers from a year ago, and 18 high school seniors, plus four more high school kids who fall somewhere into the as-yet-unclear "revised NCAA rulebook on grayshirts" world (Markell Sanders, Dylan Hanser, Olito Thompson and Marcellus Pippins. Also, Scout.com will not put an FBS-to-FBS transfer on their commit lists, but the Arizona running back transfer, Daniel Jenkins, is in every sense a Class of 2013 commit too.

  • It's geographically diverse. Not counting the grayshirts from 2012, there are four players from the south/southwest; two from American Samoa; six from the state of Washington; one each from Montana and Arizona; and 12 from California.

  • It's balanced. For all that has been said about Mike Leach recruiting to his offense, the WSU head man in his first full year of recruiting has been split right down the middle with offensive and defensive players.

  • It's got serious offensive beef. Five members of the class project as offensive linemen, and two of them, Riley Sorenson and Cody O'Connell, tip the scales at well over 300 pounds. Coincidentally, those two are the bookends of the class -- O'Connell being the first verbal in the class back in May and Sorenson being the second-to-last, on Monday. Coupled with last year's big haul of offensive linemen, the Cougs look to be in excellent shape in the offensive trenches.

  • It's attracted attention. One good example of that is Matt Meyer, the hoss from Lynden. He's ranked the No. 10 OT prospect in the West. It's a tip of the cap to Scout.com to have a guy like Meyer, who plays so far off the beaten path, in the top ten. At the same time, it's hard not to imagine what kind of rating would have been built around him if he played for a 4A school.

  • It's ranked high. Historically speaking, this is one of WSU's highest-rated LOI Day classes, at No. 39. There are a number of factors that go into Scout.com's ranking but if you just look at individual star ratings, the Cougs' average is 2.76. That's tied for Wazzu's highest average ever (2010) since Scout.com came into being in 2001 (the 2002 recruiting class).

  • It's locally strong. In the state of Washington rankings, take the first baker's dozen prospects, and the Cougs have four of them, the same number as do the Huskies.

  • It's got size. You can always pack the muscle on guys, but you can't make them more athletic. WSU has clearly gone for size/athleticism in this class -- 18 are listed at 6-2 or better. All six of the o-linemen save for one are 6-5 or taller. Cole Madison, Jacob Seydel and Meyer would take the tallest award at 6-6 if it weren't for the 6-8 O'Connell, who Mike Leach says is now 6-9.

  • It's got Cougar blood. Issac Dotson's dad Michael was a standout wrestler for WSU in the 1980s and Peyton Pelluer, as chronicled in our feature story on him Tuesday, is the fourth generation of his family to suit up for the Cougs.

  • It's more evidence of coach Joe Salevea's midas touch in the Pacific. For the second straight year he's secured two very promising defensive linemen for the Cougs. Last year it was Destiny Vaeao (6-3, 255) and Robert Barber (6-3, 290), and this year it's Daniel Ekuale (6-4, 290) and Emmitt Su'a-Kalio (6-4, 250).
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