MIKE LEACH'S 2014 CLASS keeps getting earlier and earlier. O-lineman Sean Krepsz tells Cougfan.com the plan is for him to graduate high school this month, enroll early at Washington State in January and get a head start on his college student-athlete career -- including taking part in spring ball. Krepsz won't be alone either.
There was some chatter out in cyberspace this week that Fresno State might be trying to get back into the picture on the 6-5, 295-pound future Cougar out of Riverside, Calif. but there doesn't seem to be any steam behind that.
"It looks like I'm going to be able to graduate early and head up the WSU," Krepsz
texted Cougfan.com Thursday.
Krepsz, rated three-stars and the 104th best OT prospect in the land by Scout.com, chose WSU over offers from Fresno State, Colorado State, Utah State, San Diego State and San Jose State in late September.
KREPSZ LOOKS TO
be part of a six-member early crimson contingent arriving out on the Palouse in January.
, the speedy Sacramento slot receiver, is also graduating high school early and heading to Washington State next month. He has signed a financial aid agreement (binding for school, not binding for student-athlete) with Washington State.
For those concerned about WSU losing a good number of defensive backs to graduation this year, the Cougs' January group is heavy on cornerbacks, with three of the six projected to line up on the island that first spring practice.
, a College of San Mateo corner, is on schedule to receive his AA in December. He'll come to WSU with three-to-play-two.
In addition to that 2014 class trio, three others who delayed their enrollment at WSU from the 2013 recruiting class pool – CB Markell Sanders
, CB Marcellus Pippins
and BUCK/DL Dylan Hanser
-- are also expected to arrive in January -- and therefore officially become part of the Cougs '14 class.
More WSU commitments will be coming between now and February's Signing Day but at the moment, the Cougs have almost 40 percent of their known 2014 class slated to come in early in January.
Doing so allows them to get a very early head start in college coursework, going through winter conditioning, taking part in spring ball plus summer workouts -- with fall camp still to come. Meanwhile, the remainder of the WSU class not coming in January still figures to arrive in Pullman for summer school classes, thereby also getting an early jump themselves before fall camp kicks off in early August.
The process of grayshirting technically no longer exists. Schools can still work to have incoming players delay enrollment but the critical component of the process, the signing of a binding Letter of Intent, is no longer allowed. In other words, schools can no longer oversign -- they can ink no more than 25 each class -- which is why Sanders, Pippins and Hanser did not sign LOIs with Wazzu back in February. (They did sign documents last Signing Day with Washington State but they were not LOIs nor were they binding. Effectively, what it amounts to is a memorandum of understanding between the the player and Washington State.)
A fourth in the same situation, RB Olito Thompson, no longer looks to be on the immediate WSU radar. He is not believed to have fulfilled academic requirements according to a CF.C prep source in California, another source said he was at a junior college though we have yet to locate him on an official JUCO roster.