COUGAR SIGNING DAY 2013: Who's in? Who's not?

A GLIMPSE INTO the future of Cougar football will unfold right before our eyes today as Mike Leach unveils his second class of recruits at Washington State. The headliner on offense is quarterback Tyler Bruggman and the big men on defense are Paulo Lepua and Daquawn Brown. In between is a cast of intriguing talent. Who's in? Who's still out? Who may surprise? It's LOI Day 2013!

Pasted below is the complete list and bio of every student-athlete we forecast to be part of WSU's 2013 class, along with the primary school or schools the Cougar staff battled for the LOI. As their letters of intent arrive in Pullman, we'll place a red check (like this one to the right) next to the name. That way you can easily spot who's in and who's still out. Each name also is hot linked to the player's individual bio page, where you'll find height, weight, 40 times and video highlight links.

If there are any Signing Day surprises we'll plug those names in right at the top of the list.

As of 2:55 p.m., the Cougs may well be done. Because the limit this year is 25 that schools can sign, it would appear that WSU will not sign Olito Thompson, Marcellus Pippins or Markell Sanders. They could still end up at WSU as grayshirts in 2014, but a signed NLI today doesn't appear to be in the cards.


CB Marcellus Pippins / El Cerrito, Calif.
Rated the 79th best cornerback in the nation by for the class of 2013. Originally ommitted to Utah. First-team all-league in both 2011 and 2012. In adddition to corner, he played slot receiver and returned kicks. Also a standout in basketball.

QB Tyler Bruggman / Brophy Prep, Phoenix
Guided Brophy Prep to an 11-3 record in 2012, throwing for 2,803 yards on 172-for-299 accuracy with 33 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Named all-classifications All-State second-team and Division I All-State first-team by the Arizona Football Coaches Association. A consensus All-State pick and Phoenix Metro Player of Year as a junior. Threw for more than 6,000 yards in prep career. Outstanding accuracy.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Arizona State, UCLA, Arkansas and more

RB Gerard Wicks / Long Beach Poly
Named 2012 co-CIF Offensive Players of the Year, third-team all-class All-State by CalHi Sports. Racked up 1,440 ground yards (7-plus per carry) and also caught 16 passes on the season. Helped Long Beach Poly to 11 straight wins and berth in state title game for first time since 2008. Also a punter, averaging 40-plus yards per boot in 2012. Has excellent one-cut ability, and is a solid blocking tailback out of the backfield. Also a burner on the LBP track team.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Boise State, Colorado State, Nevada

RB Olito Thompson / Concord (Calif.)
As a senior, Thompson rushed for 1,847 yards and 23 touchdowns. Finished his prep career just shy of 6,000 career rushing yards. Set a single-season Northern California record with 3,488 (with 34 TDs) in 2011. Named junior prep-athlete of the year by the San Francisco Examiner, topping Cal QB commit Jared Goff and all-everything LB Michael Hutchings.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Arizona, Utah

RB Jamal Morrow / Heritage, Menifee, Calif.
Named Sunbelt League Player of the Year as a senior in 2012 after rushing for 2,092 yards (9.96 per carry) and scoring 15 TDs. Reached 200-yards rushing four times in final six games despite battling a tweaked knee. Also caught 11 passes for 70 yards and two TDs. Led Heritage High to the CIF Southern Section Central Division football semifinals. A versatile athlete who could play corner, receiver or running back in college. As a junior, Morrow rushed for 1,777 yards and hauled in 15 passes for 139 yards.

WR River Cracraft / Santa Margarita (Calif.)
Caught 51 balls for 784 yards and 6 TDs to earn Trinity League offensive MVP as a senior in 2012. Competed with QB Johnny Stanton at ESPN's Elite 11 competition. As a junior in 2011, caught 46 passes for 654 yards and 6 TDs. All-State, All-CIF, All-Trinity League. Helped lead powerhouse Santa Margarita to the CIF State D-I title in 2011. Does great job of using body to shield defenders when going for the ball. Crisp route runner.

WR Vince Mayle / Inderkum High (Sacramento) & Sierra JC
Junior College All-American and 2012 Valley Conference Offensive MVP after catching 61 passes for 984 yards and 16 TDs for Sierra College – his first season ever playing the position, and three years after last playing football. Played JC basketball out of high school. Rated one of top five JC wideouts by Considered a big-time redzone target and outside threat in the spread offense. Senior season of high school he rushed for 661 yards, caught 299 yards worth of passes and led team in sacks with 12.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Arizona State, West Virginia, Kentucky

WR Charleston White / Palo Duro, Amarillo, Texas
A two-way first-team 3-4A selection following his senior year at receiver and defensive back. As a senior, White hauled in 26 balls for 557 yards and six touchdowns -- good for almost 22 yards-per-catch. Racked up 50 tackles with two interceptions, one of which he returned for score. Could play WR or DB at WSU.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado State, Nevada, New Mexico

OL Riley Sorenson / Santa Margarita (Calif.)
First-team all-league in 2011 and 2012. MaxPrep pre-season 2012 all-class All-California. Named Junior All-American second-team by Schuman's National Underclassmen and first-team Junior All-State. Picked to's All-State SuperSoph Team in 2010.
CHOSE WSU OVER: SMU, Cal, Washington

OL Matt Meyer / Lynden
A two-way standout who helped lead Lynden to its second-straight Class 2A state title in 2012. Named all-classifications All-State at defensive end by the Tacoma News Tribune, and all-class All-State at OL by the Seattle Times. Also an Associated Press Class 2A All-State pick at OL. Earned all-league honors on both sides of ball. As a junior, starred in three sports as Meyer helped Lynden win both the Class 2A state football and basketball championships, as well as a second-place finish in the state baseball tournament. Meyer was second team All-Northwest Conference for football and first team All-NWC for basketball and baseball.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Eastern Washington, North Dakota

OL Cody O'Connell / Wenatchee
The first verbal commitment in WSU's 2013 class, pledging allegiance back in May. Missed much of his 2012 senior season with a knee injury, but still earned all-classifications All-State honors from the Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune, and Class 4A All-State recognition from the Associated Press. Named the Big Nine Lineman of the Year his junior and senior years.

OL Carlos Freeman / Midwest City, Oklahoma City
Named 2012 All-State by the Oklahoma Coaches Association, and his conference's offensive lineman of the year. Gave up just one sack in 23 career starts and placed No. 14 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 prospect list. A semifinalist for Vype Magazine's Mr. Football Oklahoma award. As a wrestler, Freeman is ranked the No. 1 heavyweight in Oklahoma.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Utah State, Dartmouth

OL/ATH Cole Madison / Kennedy Catholic, Burien
First-team 2012 Class 3A All-State by the Associated Press, and first-team all-league at both tight end and defensive line. Voted league's Defensive Interior Lineman of the Year. Caught eight passes for 87 yards and one score. Very athletic even at 6-6, 270 and could play a variety positions for Cougars. Also an all-league performer in basketball.

DT Gerald Sterling / Aliceville (Alabama)
An all-purpose performer for tiny Aliceville High (enrollment of 200), playing defensive end, tight end, H-Back, fullback, and wide. As a senior in 2012, Sterling helped lead the Aliceville to a 7-5 mark. At last count, had at least three games in which he recorded three or more sacks. As a junior he caught 17 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns, and tallied 15 sacks on defense.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Western Kentucky, UAB, Arkansas State, Southern Miss

DT Daniel Etuale / Nuuuli Technical High, American Samoa
Projected as a college nose tackle but didn't play on defense in high school. Primarily DE a tight end. Caught 26 balls for 430 yards and three scores in 2011. Graduated this past spring and spent the fall and winter getting his academics in order.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Hawaii

DE Paulo Lepua / Narbonne High, Harbor City, Calif.
First-team all-classifications California All-State by CalHiSports after posting a whopping 26 sacks in 2012, upping his two-season total to 40. He was named the South Bay Daily Breeze Defensive Player of the Year and was named the CIF L.A. City Section's Defensive Lineman of the Year. Helped carry Narbonne High to a 14-1 record. Excellent athlete; he's a mainstay on the Narbonne volleyball team.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Colorado, Hawaii

DE Emmitt Su'a-Kalio / Kanana Fou Tehological High, American Samoa
Big (6-4, 250) and athletic, he played just about everywhere on defense at Kanana Fou High, ranging from tackle to end, linebacker to BUCK and nickel-back. Full name is Emmittwally Su'a-Kalio.

LB Dylan Hanser / Billings (Mont.) Central Catholic
An all-conference and All-State selection as a junior and senior. Played both ways, at tight end and outside linebacker, as well as long snapper. Team won state title in 2012, and rated by MaxPreps as one of the "elite" teams in nation. Also a standout in basketball. Father Scott played football at Wyoming under Dennis Erickson and Paul Roach. Expected to grayshirt and enroll at WSU in January 2014.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Colorado State

LB Peyton Pelluer / Skyline, Sammamish
All-class first-team All-State pick by the Tacoma News Tribune and Seattle Times in 2012. Also named Class 4A All-State by the Associated Press. Fought through injuries in 2012, but still recorded 55 tackles, 40 of those being solo stops. He posted 122 solo stops as a junior (153 total) and the year previous logged 110 solo stops, with 176 total tackles. Named 4A associated all-state as a junior. Father Scott was a four-year starting linebacker at WSU from 1977-80.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Arizona State, Colorado, Wyoming

DB/ATH Isaac Dotson / Newport, Bellevue
A dual-threat QB who could play a variety positions in college, including linebacker, safety, or even slot receiver. As a senior in 2012 he earned All-Area honors from the Seattle Times for his multi-positional excellence. He was named first-team all-league at quarterback after rushing for more than 1,000 yards with 17 touchdowns. He also passed for 700-plus yards and seven TDs. On defense, he was a physical, hard-hitting safety. Also a standout in basketball. Father Michael, an assistant coach at Newport, was a standout wrestler at Washington State in the 1980s.

S Darius Lemora / Memorial, Port Arthur (Texas)
Came back strong in 2012 from a badly broken leg he suffered as a junior in the 2011 playoffs. Had 54 tackles, two sacks and two pass break-ups senior season and named honorable mention AP 5A All-State for the second straight season. Earned all-district second-team honors at linebacker and first-team all-district for academics. Described by prep coach as "a very physical kid who can run -- very athletic, very aggressive."
CHOSE WSU OVER: Texas State, UTEP, North Texas, McNeese State

CB Daquawn Brown / Dorsey, Los Angeles
A multi-dimensional athlete who projects as a cornerback. In 2012 senior season he was named first-team all-city, first-team all-conference, and first-team all-region by the Los Angeles Times at DB. A Semper Fi All-American Bowl pick and the Most Outstanding Defensive Player at the Cal-State All-Star game. Nabbed five INTs and broke up 10 passes while making 55 tackles in 2012. On offense, he had 350 rushing yards and 400 receiving yards. Also a standout on special teams, taking two kickoffs for touchdowns. Should compete for immediate playing time at WSU. From same high school as Cougar linebacker Jeremiah Allison.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Washington, UCLA, Cal, Arizona State, Boise State

RB Daniel Jenkins / Rancho Verde High & University of Arizona
Note: He will sign a financial aid agreement when he arrives. Transferring to WSU with one year of eligibility remaining after graduating in four years from Arizona. Rushed for 293 yards and 2 TDs on 67 carries and caught 4 passes for 30 for Wildcats in 2012. Also had 329 yards in kick returns. Rushed for 176 yards and 2 TDs and caught 5 passes for 31 yards in 2011. Played sparingly as a second-year freshman in 2010 and redshirted in 2009. As a high school senior in the 2009 recruiting class, he was rated the No. 39 running back in the nation by Chose Arizona over offers from WSU, Nevada and New Mexico. Named PrepStar All-America and Tacoma News Tribune Western 100.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Houston, New Mexico

CB Markell Sanders / Eastside Catholic, Sammamish
Two-way standout who earned first-team all-league honors at cornerback as a junior in 2011. Missed all but two games of 2012 senior season with a shoulder injury. In those two games, Sanders recorded two interceptions and ten tackles. Hard hitter and good size and excellent feet. Team captain. As a junior, had three interceptions, one for a touchdown.


LB Ivan McClennan / Leuzinger High (Lawndale, Ca.) & El Camino JC
During his two seasons of JC ball, he posted 156 total tackles, 20 tackles-for-loss and 4.5 sacks. Was twice named to the all-Central Coast Conference team. Has prototypical size and speed for the BUCK linebacker position.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Oregon, Texas Tech, Miami, Arkansas

DE Lyman Faoliu / Vallejo (Ca.) High & College of San Mateo
In two seasons of JC ball he racked up 82 total tackles and 10 tackles-for-loss. Earned all-NorCal Conference honors in 2012. Had a season-high nine tackles against DeAnza while leading his team to a 7-4 record. As a prep senior he was an all-conference and all-area selection.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Oregon State, Fresno State, Maryland

OL Jacob Seydel / Arlington High & Riverside CC, Riverside Calif.
Was a full qualifier out of high school in 2011. Went junior college route and then earned a scholarship offer from UCLA after one season Riverside CC. Originally accepted Bruins offer before opting for more one year at Riverside. Helped lead RCC to a 9-2 mark in 2012. Signed letter of intent with Cougars in December and enrolled at WSU last month.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico State

OL B.J. Salmonson / Nooksack Valley, Everson, Wash.
A holder from Mike Leach's inaugural signing class at WSU, he grayshirted in the 2012 season. Was a two-time All-State honoree by the Associated Press in 2010 and 2011, and was selected to the All-Northwest Conference first team on both lines each of his final two seasons.
CHOSE WSU in 2012 OVER: Eastern Washington

WR Robert Lewis / South Gate, Los Angeles
Part of WSU's 2012 class, he grayshirted in order to add weight, and has climbed from 140 pounds to 160 in the last year. As a prep senior in 2011 he was named division, league and regional player of the year after racking up 3,095 all-purpose yards and 36 TDs. He gained 2,023 yards on the ground, another 338 on 20 pass receptions, 461 on kickoff returns and 273 on punt returns. Has tremendous speed.
CHOSE WSU IN 2012 OVER: Utah, SMU, Colorado, Mississippi

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