What's left for Cougs in recruiting?

WASHINGTON STATE HAS for the first time this recruiting season reached the 25-man mark on their 2014 class. But that doesn't mean the Cougs are done when it comes to recruiting -- not by a long shot.

The Cougars have 21 on the 2014 commit list, a high-profile transfer who enrolled last week and three holdovers from the previous class who enrolled in January for a total of 25.

But the Cougs still have other targets on the map and it's unlikely there won't be movement between now and next Wednesday. If the Cougs land more than 25, some will delay enrollment until next January, just as the three holdovers, Markell Sanders, Marcellus Pippins and Dylan Hanser, did.

The following isn't a comprehensive list but here are five to watch, (and who knows if there's also still a Mr. X surprise out there…)

Jalen Canty: A tree-topper at 6-foot-8, the DE/DL prospect has said he'll be announcing between Washington State, Oregon and Utah tonight, probably sometime between 6-10 p.m. He is holding in-homes with both WSU and Utah this evening. Canty is ranked as a two-star tight end by scout but he's been one of the fastest rising recruits out there of late, with a flurry of Pac-12 offers and official visits in the month of January. The Vallejo, Calif. product racked up 76 tackles including 22 sacks this past season.

Kaleb McGary: The four-star OT/DL prospect out of Fife is the type of player the Cougs would make room for. He's 6-8, 275-pounds and he has room for more. McGary has said it's basically down to Washington State, Oregon State and Washington. He's also said schools will give him a shot at defensive end. But his potential upside on the offensive line is large indeed because he has great feet and a big wing span. A decision could come this week or it could wait until Signing Day. McGary was named a Northwest Nugget by the Tacoma News Tribune and a red chip prospect by The Seattle Times this past weekend.

Austin Maloata: The former Trojan defensive end commit has said recently he's open to all schools but in trying to read the tea leaves, it appears the 6-3, 248-pounder is down to Washington State, ASU or UCLA. He has one final visit to ASU set up for this coming weekend. A native of American Samoa, Maloata played as a junior at Leone High in Pago Pago before moving stateside to play at Centennial High in Corona, Calif.

Brayden Lenius: At 6-5, 215-pounds, Lenius offers all kinds of possibilities as a wideout in the Air Raid offense. He plays smart, and spent this past season at Chaminade College Prep in West Hills, Calif. after playing the previous three seasons in Canada. Following his visit to WSU, Lenius said the Cougs were his leader. He tripped to Minnesota this past weekend and is headed to Miami on the final visit weekend of the year. There's a long ways to go between now and Signing Day but CougFans should be happy with this nugget: his mom came down from Canada to be with him on his WSU visit and he says she loved everything about it. Trying to predict recruiting is virtually impossible but the influence that moms have over a prospect's decision generally supersedes the opinions of anyone else.

Xavier Ulutu: The 6-3, 235-pound inside linebacker prospect is down to two in Washington State and Fresno State. He may still take a final trip to FSU this coming weekend. Ulutu capped his senior campaign with a championship and 127 tackles (44 solo), 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He tripped to WSU this weekend and CF.C has a call into him, we'll let you know as soon as we hear back from the Cathedral Catholic product out of San Diego.

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