An interesting day in Cougar recruiting

TWO RUMORED departures from WSU's football commitment list came to pass today. One, Ronald Monroe's, stemmed from his desire to play quarterback instead of wideout. The other, Miguel Machado's, may conclude a bizarre couple days of Twitter messaging by him. From a WSU perspective, the key takeaway is this: their moves help clarify WSU's tight numbers situation with LOI Day less than a week away.

Machado, a JC offensive lineman with a mountain of offers, tweeted this afternoon that "I'm going to Purdue." That statement followed tweets by him this week to various coaches at Miami asking them to look at his tape. And in the days before that, rumors circulated that he was leaning toward Michigan State.

Monroe this morning confirmed via text message to CF.C that he has decommitted from WSU and was going to choose between Vanderbilt, Utah State and San Jose State. VandySports.com quoted Monroe as saying he wants to play QB; Washington State was bringing him as a wide receiver. He had pledged to WSU on Christmas Eve.

With Monroe and Machado no longer in the Cougar orbit, WSU's 2014 commit list currently stands at 24. The numbers break out this way:

  • 3 holdovers from a year ago (Markell Sanders, Marcellus Pippins and Dylan Hanser)

  • 1 transfer (Sebastian LaRue from Texas A&M)

  • 20 new guys who are verbally committed (and three of which already are enrolled at WSU Nick Begg, Calvin Green and Sean Krepsz).

    TWENTY-FIVE, OF COURSE, is the maximum number any school can take in a single year. So the Cougs, with Monroe and Machado now out of the equation, seemingly have just one spot to fill, right?

    WRONG.

    There are a number of variables still at play in this recruiting cycle ....

    1. Grayshirting is no longer allowed but schools and players can still sign non-binding documents that basically say they're pledged to each other with enrollment targeted for next January. That's what WSU did in its last class with Sanders, Pippins and Hanser. So the Cougs likely have one or two current verbals that possibly could become the modern-day version of a grayshirt, and thus freeing up a slot or two.

    2. LOI Day is this coming Wednesday. That's an eternity in the recruiting world. Much could transpire in what seems like a fever-pitched year in college football for decommitting/flipping.

    2014 COUGAR VERBALS


    For the complete WSU recruiting class list, CLICK HERE.


    And for a look at the prospects who still could join them in the class, CLICK HERE.
    In short, we think the Cougars' 2014 class remains a moving target, with the Cougars pushing for a handful of as-yet-uncommitted guys ... players such as Kaleb McGary, Austin Maloata and Xavier Ulutu. No, that's not a complete list of who all the Cougs might still be wooing but if we had to make a bet, we'd christen them the Big 3 that WSU would like to round out this class with.

    McGary, by the way, announced this week that he's narrowed his final three to WSU, Wisconsin and Washington, and Scout.com's Wisconsin site reported today that McGary has installed the Badgers as his leader but he isn't sure he wants to go out of state.

    Stay tuned. If today is any indication, the countdown to LOI Day should be anything but boring.

    OF NOTE: Dropping Monroe and Machado from WSU's commitment list sent the Cougars' national recruiting ranking in the Scout.com database from No. 46 yesterday to No. 55 today.

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