So what do you do when a Sebastian LaRue comes along?
Right, you take him. It's a no-brainer. Numbers be damned.
Okay, so what happens if a Barry Ware then also comes along?
That's a no-brainer too -- Ware is a rare athlete at 6-3 and when he says he wants to be a Cougar, from this chair, you roll out the welcome mat.
But the central point remains, back when the Cougs had six WRs, and as of this morning when it appears they have five -- when a special recruit comes along, despite (our projection that) numbers and needs having been met, you don't turn him away.
BARRING ANY further movement, the quintet also looks to be coming into an ideal situation. After this upcoming season, the Cougs will graduate four scholarship wide receivers (Vince Mayle, Kristoff Williams, Isiah Myers and Rickey Galvin.) So it makes sense WSU in this class was looking to take four.
And by bringing them in now, that allows for the five to come into Washington State and get some experience, to gain critical exposure in WSU's system over the course of the coming year. And after this season, when those seniors are done, you have some bright young talent ready and waiting – so you don't have to play freshmen. If they play, it's because they're well ahead of the curve.
And that's pretty much textbook when it comes to how recruiting, ideally, should work.