Dave Emerick: wakajaka, this class shaped up pretty much as we were hoping it would. We put a huge emphasis on both lines, and are really excited about the guys we were able to get.
Dave Emerick: AA45Coug, we have a great relationship with Tyler and his family and felt really good about him signing the papers. Of course, nothing is final until the fax goes through!
Dave Emerick: wakajaka, we anticipate the Junior College kids (McLennan, Faoliu, Seydel) to compete for positions. They will have the opportunity to go through spring ball and learn our systems. As far as freshmen, I think several of them will have a chance to play next season.
Dave Emerick: AlwaysCougarFan, It is our intention to never put a huge emphasis on Junior College kids.We will typically sign zero to five junior-college kids per year. If we do find JC kids that we believe can help us, we will absolutely recruit (them), but we try to focus mainly on high school kids.
Dave Emerick: jcarpent99, they are several "lower rated" guys that we feel really good about: Cole Madison, Matt Meyer, Emmit Sua Kalio, Daniel Ekuale, Charleston White, and Darius Lemora all have a chance to be great players But if I had to pick just one, I would say Cole Madison.
Dave Emerick: AGRcoug, Charleston White ran a 4.39 at a couple different summer camps. He is an exceptional talent, great basketball player, and will bring in the type of athleticism that we are looking for.
Dave Emerick: CrimsonJT, just looking at body type without paying attention to anything else, Vince Mayle and Cody O'Connell look the most like NFL players.
Dave Emerick: SmokeyDesperado, just based on athleticism, Charleston White would be up there.
Dave Emerick: ffffws, Isaac is just a natural talent and will be given a look at QB but could play S, LB, and even WR with his athleticism.
Dave Emerick: SmokeyDesperado, Ivan is a tall, rangy, fast and athletic linebacker that we are really excited about. He has a lot of recruiting attention and chose the Cougs to help bring this program back to greatness.
Dave Emerick: AlwaysCougarFan, we are extremely excited about those kids as well. Carlos is a 3.9 student, will contend for the state wrestling championship in the state of Oklahoma, and is a great player. We felt like Daquawn is one of the best defensive backs in the state of California. He turned down a lot of offers to be a Coug, and we feel like he will have a chance to contribute very early in his career.
Dave Emerick: SmokeyDesperado, Dennis Simmons and Joe Salave'a did a great job recruiting Paulo Lepua. He is another highly recruited kid that had a lot of offers. I suppose 26 sacks his senior year had a lot to do with that!
Dave Emerick: CrimsonJT, we think that Ivan McLennan will be able to play that position and Emmitt Sua Kalio will be a younger guy to watch for at the position.
Dave Emerick: Cdacoug, Joe Salavea is a legend in American Samoa! He does a great job of finding players and developing relationships with them. Obviously, he can't fly there every week, but made it to American Samoa three times during the recruiting period
Dave Emerick: crimsonjesus, Coach Yost is an awesome addition to our staff. He has a track record of being a great offensive coach and an outstanding recruiter. We haven't yet defined his area but will be leaning on his knowledge a great deal in the recruiting process.
Dave Emerick: alwayscougarfan, we like to have 18-20 scholarship offensive linemen on our roster. Coach Leach puts a huge emphasis on the OL and we will typically take five to seven per year.
Dave Emerick: Fab5Coug, The NCAA instituted a rule where you can only sign 25 prospects to NLIs regardless of whether they are going to qualify or not; whether they are going to greyshirt or not, etc. This leaves little room for error as in the past couple years you could sign 28, and years before that it was unlimited.
Dave Emerick: snohomishcoug, WSU has a lot of great selling points but a few of the things that we sell are the people, starting with Dr. Floyd and Bill Moos, and the direction in which this program is headed. The new facilities are a huge draw, as well as WSU truly being a college experience.
Dave Emerick: wakajaka, the Football Operations building is a huge deal for recruits. The biggest thing that we tell recruits is that the shovel is in the ground; it is actually happening. It's not just a far-off dream; these brand new, state-of-the-art facilities will be here soon!
Dave Emerick: AlwaysCougarFan, we place a great deal of attention in LA and since we have been here had have a lot of success in the area. We will continue to place a great emphasis in the area.
Dave Emerick: Steintime, the guys are working hard and doing a great job so far during midnight manuevers. Connor Halliday, Austin Apodaca, Darryl Monroe, Kache Palacio, and Toni Pole are just a few of the guys that are really standing out.
Dave Emerick: jcarpent99, Austin Apodaca is progressing well. He is emerging as a leader along with Connor and will push Connor this spring for the first-team QB spot. We are excited about his future.
Dave Emerick: jcarpent99, it will depend on how fast he can pick up the offense but Coach Leach is constantly evaluating our QBs, and the one that will give us the best opportunity to win will play.
Dave Emerick: Coach Leach is sitting in my office right now so I can tell you he isn't on ESPN right now!
Dave Emerick: He said, "What are you doing, Super Dave?"