Recruiting Notebook: Where'd they end up?

WE'VE FOLLOWED THEM for months, and some for the better part of a year. Twenty-four make up the Cougars' new class of recruits. But there were other football prospects who, for a time, also looked like they might become Cougs. Who were they and where did they end up?

• Pasadena OT Miguel Machado (Michigan State): Machado's recruitment was one of the strangest of the year. The touted JC hoss verbally committed to WSU in mid December, but a day or so later said he was still going to take other visits. He then tripped to Purdue and Michigan State, and shortly thereafter fired off tweets asking the coaches at Miami to offer him. He then announced last week that he had pledged to Purdue, but yesterday he signed with Michigan State. He told that a sign from God had told him to go with the Spartans.

• Bellevue DT Marcus Griffin (Arizona): The 6-3, 290-pounder committed to the Cougs last spring. He added offers from Cal and others before decommitting in November. Griffin and WSU stayed close during much of the rest of the cycle but WSU took its offer to him off the table two weeks ago as its class filled up in the trenches. He seemed to relish the recruiting process and, true to form right to the end, tweeted shout outs the night before Signing Day to four schools.

• Bellflower, Calif., LB Chandler Leniu (California): When it came down to it for Leniu, distance was critical. He loved WSU and raved about his relationship with the Cougar staff, but simply wanted to play closer to home. As soon as Cal offered him in mid December, the flip to the Golden Bears was only a matter of time.

• Napa, Calif., OT Braden Eggert (Oregon): Eggert verballed to WSU back on Aug. 1. However, the 6-7, 305-pounder picked up an offer from Oregon in mid October and flipped to the Ducks on Nov. 20.

• Richmond, Texas, QB/WR Ronald Monroe (Vanderbilt): When Monroe committed to Washington State on Christmas Eve, he did so knowing he'd be an outside receiver for the Cougs. But he continued to pick up offers to play QB, where he's ranked the 41st-best prospect by Scout, and that swayed him to go with Vandy.

• Long Beach CB Darren Gardenhire (Washington): After decommitting from San Jose State in October, Gardenhire took a trip to Washington State with teammate Rahshead Johnson (USC) and verbally committed to the Cougs before he left. He flipped to UW shortly after Chris Petersen was hired.

• La Verne, Calif., K Tristan Vizcaino (Washington): Gardenhire wasn't the only prospect Petersen poached from the Cougs. Vizcaino flipped to UW on Jan. 20.

There were other names that WSU fans came to know this recruiting cycle because they had the Cougs high on their lists. Here's where some of the more notable ones ended up signing ...

  • Xavier Ulutu, Fresno State
  • Brayden Lenius, Washington
  • Kaleb McGary, Washington
  • Austin Maloata, Oregon.

    McGary and Ulutu both had WSU as finalists, but McGary verballed to UW on Monday citing proximity to home and Ulutu committed to the Bulldogs on LOI morning, also tipping his hand toward proximity to home. Maloata jumped on an Oregon offer. Lenius took a last-minute trip to UW and then committed, but with WSU's landing of standout receiver Barry Ware, it seems likely the Cougs no longer had a spot open to Lenius.

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