COUGAR RECRUITING: 2014 position needs

HOW MANY wide receivers do the Cougs figure to sign next February for their Air Raid offense? The number may surprise you. When CF.C asked Dave Emerick on Friday at the Cougar football celebration in Seattle, the Washington State recruiting coordinator and chief of staff broke down every position as the Cougars start crafting their 2014 recruiting class.

The Cougs are looking at a class of 20 for next February.

But it's early in the process, so before it's all said and done that number could still climb to the annual maximum of 25, Emerick said.

In fact, a year ago at this time Emerick had penciled in a class for 2013 of 18 to 20 but when LOI day arrived it was nearly a full boat.

If the 2014 number does indeed stay at 20, here's how things break down by position, according to Emerick:

1 QB
1 RB
2 WR (1 inside, 1 outside)
5 OL
3 DL
3 LB
4 DB
1 and perhaps 2 specialists (kicker & punter).

That Mike Leach is looking at using scholies for a kicker and punter would seem to indicate he's feeling fairly good about what he has in the pipeline from the past two classes.

That Leach is also looking at more d-linemen, more linebackers and more defensive backs than he is wide receivers also continues to expose as myth the buzz coming out of Texas Tech two years ago that Leach recruits more to his offense at the expense of the defensive side of the ball.

And don't expect Leach to throw around a ton of offers at the QB position.

"Coach Leach is very, very particular. We'll probably offer just 5 or 6. Our first three last year were (Hayden) Rettig, (Tyler) Bruggman and (Jared) Goff, a pretty impressive group," said Emerick.

  • WSU assistant head coach and special teams coach Eric Russell told CF.C he looked at film of 99 western Washington prospects over the course of two days last week.

  • Emerick said a recent measurement of new WSU signee Cody O'Connell puts him an inch taller and 12 pounds heavier than they thought. The Wenatchee lineman now checks in at 6-9 and 362 pounds. He could have a chance at playing time this season, Emerick said.

  • Charleston White, a two-way standout in WSU's new class of recruits, is going to play cornerback for the Cougs, says Leach. He was also a standout receiver at Palo Duro High in Amarillo.

  • New WSU linebackers coach Ken Wilson said this coming week will mark his first day off since the end of last July. When Nevada head coach Chris Ault unexpectedly retired at season's end, Wilson was tabbed to hold the recruiting class together, and by all accounts did a great job doing so. Though he's no doubt now happy about the one who did get away: new Cougar Isaac Dotson.

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