Tracking WSU 2013 class arrivals on campus

THE COUGS will be adding some new weapons to their arsenal beginning as soon as this weekend. CF.C has heard back from the majority of the members of the incoming class of 2013, with the group all expected to be in Pullman by June 18 to get a jump start on their collegiate careers at Washington State. Here's how they tell us things will unfold...

As has been the case over the last few seasons, incoming Washington State freshman are arriving on campus shortly after their high school graduations to enroll in summer courses and join the Cougs for their voluntary offseason conditioning and workouts.

This year, CF.C has head back from all but four incoming freshman who say they'll land in Pullman either this weekend or early next week for their freshman orientations, which is thought to take place on June 18.

Several members of the class are already in Pullman having either grayshirted or arrived at WSU from the JUCO ranks. Here's a breakdown on when players said they'll land on the Palouse.

OL Devonte McClain: June 18
WR Charleston White: June 16
S Paris Taylor: June 16
QB Tyler Bruggman: June 17
S Darius Lemora: June 17
DT Gerald Sterling: June 17
WR River Cracraft: June 17
ATH Isaac Dotson: June 18
RB Jamal Morrow: June 18
LB Peyton Pelluer: June 18
OL Cody O'Connell: June 18
OL Riley Sorenson: June 18
OL Carlos Freeman: June 18
OL Cole Madison: June 18
OL Matt Meyer: June 18
DE Paulo Lepua: June 18
NT Daniel Ekuale: Calls and messages are in with Ekuale's former prep coaches. Information not available at press time
Editor's note: Shortly after this article was published, CF.C was hearing that Ekuale will arrive on June 18.
CB Daquawn Brown: Calls and messages are in with Brown. Information not available at press time
DE Emmitt Su'a-Kalio: Calls and messages are in with Su'a-Kalio's former prep coaches. Information not available at press time
RB Gerard Wicks: Calls and messages are in with Wicks. Information not available at press time
Editor's note: Shortly after this article was published, Wicks tweeted, "College bound in 4 days!" which would assumedly put him in Pullman on June 17.
OL B.J. Salmonson: Grayshirt from class of 2012, already in Pullman, arrived in January
WR Robert Lewis: Grayshirt from class of 2012, already in Pullman, arrived in January
WR Vince Mayle: Already in Pullman/arrived earlier this summer/JUCO
OL Jacob Seydel: Already in Pullman/ arrived in January/JUCO
DE Lyman Faoliu: Already in Pullman/ arrived in January/JUCO
LB Ivan McLennan: Already in Pullman/ arrived in January/JUCO
LB Dylan Hanser: Expected to likely delay enrollment and join the team in January
RB Olito Thompson: Expected to likely delay enrollment and join the team in January
CB Markell Sanders: Expected to likely delay enrollment and join the team in January
CB Marcellus Pippins: Expected to likely delay enrollment and join the team in January

Note If we reach/hear back from those four players we weren't able to touch base with, we'll pass along that information as soon as it's available over on the CF.C Luxury Suites.

Of the incoming first-year players for Washington State, there's really no way to tell who will earn early playing time in 2013 until you get them on the field in fall camp. There's no question that Cougar fans are hopeful that the JC players can make immediate impacts.

One who looks to have a pretty good shot of lining up on Aug. 31 against Auburn is WR Vince Mayle. Mayle is the kind of guy who can jump in right away and make plays for the Cougs on offense – he's a wide receiver who looks like a defensive end. He's a big wideout at 6-3, 220-pounds and his quick feet, great hands and strength all make him a special player. Mayle is an outside receiver, who can really help the Cougs' aerial attack, particularly if DBs are going to try and press him on the line.

Meanwhile, there's also plenty of incoming prep players who could see the field in their first year donning a crimson uniform. Of the 18 true freshman, several are expected to push for playing time -- one of those players is Daquawn Brown.

The 6-0, 170-pounder's nickname is "Cheetah" and there's good reason for that. Brown has blazing speed and his coverage skills on his highlight reels are as impressive as anyone's. He's got good hips and he can just flat out cover, period. Corner play, as well as depth, has been lacking the last few years but Brown in my view should be able to step in and challenge the existing corners.

In a CF.C roundtable discussion, the four other names mentioned most often as early playing time candidates: S Darius Lemora, DL Gerald Sterling, OL Matt Meyer and OL Cole Madison.

There's also always those under-the-radar guys who surprise in fall camp. They're expected to redshirt, fall camp starts and suddenly they're showing they're serious candidates for playing time, and maybe even a starting position. One I think fits that bill is WR River Cracraft.

He was one of the most underrated receiving prospects on the West Coast last season in my opinion and can do a little bit of everything. At 6-2, 205, he's aggressive and runs crisp routes. He has great feet-- he's not the fastest WR but his ability to create separation coupled with steady hands make him one to watch. Leach likes to have a pretty sizable rotation of WRs on gamedays and I expect Cracraft to earn playing time.

Another two guys to watch out for are Dotson and Morrow. Both have the potential to line up at several different positions.

Dotson checks in at 6-3, 220-pounds and is very fast for his size. He could be a quarterback or safety at the next level. With his athletic ability, though, his home might just be outside linebacker. He's a hard hitter and punished players this past season who crossed the middle on his watch. Morrow could line up at either running back or cornerback for the Cougs. He's another guy who has great speed and hips and I could see him playing early at either position with, all in all, underwhelming play from both spots last year.

And what about 4-star QB Bruggman? Will he see the field this season? My guess is no. If things go according to plan, Connor Halliday will line up against Auburn and will be the team's starter throughout the year and if not, redshirt freshman Austin Apodaca is on deck. Still, Leach has been adamant in saying that the best guys will see the field no matter how old they are, so only time will tell.

NOTABLE NOTE:
In addition to the new arrivals to come over the next few days, JUCO transfers McLennan, Faoliu and Seydel are already at WSU and had the benefit of having gone through spring ball at WSU, as did WR Robert Lewis and B.J. Salmonson. McLennan got time with the 1s at the BUCK linebacker spot this spring and figures to be firmly in the mix heading into fall camp. Meanwhile, Seydel also saw some action running with the 1s and figures to be in the rotation come fall. Faoliu started with the scout team and on special teams but worked his way into the 2's by spring's end, and Lewis, while he still has lots to learn, has top-end speed.

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