With recent offseason attrition, (such as the departures of David Davis, Henry Eaddy, Keith Ewing and Darren Markle,) CF.C projects the Cougs to now be looking to take in the 23-25 range.
If the 2014 number does end up there, CF.C projects the additional scholie spots to be dedicated to the defensive back, linebacker and wide receiver positions.
That would mean defensive backs would be tied with the offensive line as the positions with the most signees with five.
Here's the latest projection:
3 WR (1 inside, 1 outside, 1 best available)
1 and perhaps 2 specialists (kicker & punter)
The defensive secondary this spring has not been particularly crisp, with Saturday's scrimmage the exception, reports CF.C Correspondent Joe Doyle. The Cougs have recruits like corners Daquawn Brown and Charleston White and S Darius Lemora coming in this summer from the 2013 class, but they still need an infusion of talent to build up the ranks in the secondary.
And five bodies in the Class of 2014 would certainly bolster the cause.
Note the receiver position where CF.C projects both an inside and outside receiver -- and then another in the "best available" category. If the Cougs end up at 24 or 25, and with all being equal, the Cougs may use those final two spots as "best available" choices, regardless of position.
Also, that Mike Leach is looking at potentially using scholies for a kicker and punter would seemingly indicate he's feeling fairly good about what he has in the pipeline from the past two classes across the board.
Leach is also looking at more linebackers and more defensive backs, and an equal amount of d-linemen, than he is wide receivers. That's just one more item that has exposed 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.