IT'S NOT NEW information but it is now official. As CF.C reported earlier this week, the Cougs welcomed six new players on Monday as part of their 2014 class. Washington State put out a release on Wednesday, noting all six are enrolled in classes at WSU for the spring semester, which began on Monday.
The six are: offensive lineman Nick Begg
(Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), wide receiver Calvin Green
(Sacramento, Calif.), defensive end Dylan Hanser
(Billings, Mont.), offensive lineman Sean Krepsz
(Riverside, Calif.) cornerback Marcellus Pippins
(El Cerrito, Calif.) and safety Markell Sanders
It is worth noting
that although WSU has a high number (6) of mid-year enrollees, none are mid-year junior college transfers. All six enter WSU with their full eligibility, with five to play four.
Sanders was at one time thought to be a future Cougar cornerback but the 6-1, 175-pounder will instead line up at safety. He is one of three holdovers from the 2013 class who delayed their enrollment until January. The other two are Pippins (5-11, 175) and Hanser (6-5, 230), who was at one time thought to be a possible BUCK but was listed by WSU in the release as a defensive end.
Krepsz (6-5, 295) and Green (5-10, 165) a month ago were still in high school. They have since graduated early and like the others, will get the earliest of head starts by beginning college coursework and going through the winter conditioning program, spring ball and summer workouts -- all before fall camp gets underway.
Begg was also part of the 2013 crop but he was slated to join ASU this month. Instead, he made the change to Washington State last month. Begg, who was was high school teammates with Cougar WR River Cracraft
and OL Riley Sorenson
, is 6-5, 255 pounds.
"This is a very good start to our 2014 signing class," Mike Leach
said in a statement released by the school. "We have added some size along with skill positions on both sides of the ball. Having them begin classes and adjust to college life, while also participating in winter conditioning and spring practices, will benefit them going forward."
Begg as a senior was a three-star DE prospect on Scout.com and received All-West Region honors by PrepStar. He told CF.C the plan is for him to develop into an o-lineman but with the coaches giving him a look his freshman season, (if they don't redshirt him), in an H-back/TE role this spring and/or in fall camp.
Green, a three-star prospect, earned MVP honors the Metropolitan Conference and was named All-CIF Sac-Joaquin Section as a senior. He racked up 1,701 all-purpose yards on offense (and 52 tackles and two interceptions on defense which landed him All-Metro first-team defense honors.)
Hanser in high school was a two-time All-State selection -- both times as an outside linebacker and tight end. As a senior in 2012, he also earned all-conference honors on both sides of the ball while recording 37 tackles, 3.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. The Montanan was rated two stars by scout.com.
Krepsz, rated three stars, was named an All-Area Inland All-Star, First Team All-Big VIII and All-CIF honorable mention as a senior. He played left guard for an offense that averaged 423.3 yards and 31.5 points per game according to the Press-Enterprise, and blocked for a 2,013-yard passer and a 1,077-yard rusher.
Pippins' prep position coach was CouGreat Lamont Thompson. Pippins as a senior collected All-East Bay First-Team honors as a defensive back. The three-start prospect was also ranked the No. 75 prep cornerback in the country by Scout.com.
Sanders lost nearly his entire senior season to a shoulder injury and was listed as a two-star prospect on scout.com and a Seattle Times White Chip.
As a junior, he earned First Team All-Metro honors at cornerback after making 30 tackles and three interceptions. As a senior, he tallied 10 tackles and two interceptions before suffering the season-ending injury.