WSU Recruiting Notebook: Cougs well into '15

DURING HIS RECRUITING CHAT with Cougfan subscribers on Wednesday, WSU Recruiting Coordinator Dave Emerick said the staff has extended over 50 offers already to class of 2015 prospects. Emerick added that number would climb in the next few weeks and he wasn't kidding, with several offers being extended yesterday alone. Who picked up crimson offers? We have that and more in this recruiting notebook.

Although the majority of the focus leading up to this week's 2014 National Signing Day has been on the prep seniors, it's been clear that the Cougs have long been working on the class of 2015 and beyond this fall and winter. The last seven days have seen a flurry of activity, with prospects from the 2015 class, plus a couple in the 2016 group, picking up a WSU offer. Here's the latest from CF.C:

• On Wednesday, WSU offered Port Arthur, Texas running back Corey Dauphine. The 6-1, 180-pounder actually committed to Texas Tech last weekend, before the Cougs offered him. Dauphine shared time with class of 2016 running back Kameron Martin, but ran for over 500 yards and 13 touchdowns. As for Martin, he also picked up a scholarship offer from the Cougs on Wednesday. The sophomore rushed for 1,060 yards and 14 touchdowns.

• On Thursday, the Cougs started out the day by offering West Valley offensive tackle Shane Lemieux. The 6-6, 280-pound Yakima product also got a scholarship offer from Oregon this week. "I spoke with Coach Clay McGuire and he offered me," Lemieux informed CF.C on Thursday afternoon. Lemieux will be in Pullman next month for the WSU Junior Day on March 8.

MEANWHILE, ON DEFENSE, four-star cornerback Xavier Lewis also picked up an offer from the Cougs on Thursday. The Reserve, La., product is ranked the 19th best corner in the land by Scout.com and holds a passel of early offers. This includes Arizona State, LSU, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and several others. He checks in at 6-0, 180 pounds.

• The Dallas Morning News' EJ Holland reported on Tuesday morning that Dallas, Texas safety Jamile Johnson was offered by WSU. Scout rates the South Oak Cliff talent three stars and the 35th best safety in the land. He holds early offers from Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, SMU, Texas Tech, Maryland and more.

• Norcross, Ga., cornerback Micah Abernathy also picked up an offer from WSU on Tuesday, his mother Annette announced on twitter. "From the East Coast to the West Coast and anywhere in between, Washington State makes offer to GAC DB Micah Abernathy. Hitting into Pac 12," she tweeted. The 6-0, 180-pound corner also holds an offer from Boston College in addition to WSU.

• Other notable highly-touted prospects with WSU offers include QB Jake Browning, QB Brett Rypien, CB Iman Marshall, DT Tim Settle, LB Cameron Smith, DT Jacob Daniel, DE Kahlil McKenzie, WR Zach Okun, S Marvell Tell (see below), WR Equanimeous St. Brown (took unofficial to WSU over the summer), OT Andre James, RB Austin Joyner, WR Ryan Davis and many others.

NOTABLE NOTES:
• Washington State already holds one verbal commitment for the class of 2015 in DT Thomas Toki. CF.C did a story on him today, click to our front page for the article. Toki verballed to Washington State on Christmas Eve, choosing the Cougs over offers from UCLA, Colorado, Arizona State, Oregon State, Utah and others. The 6-1, 290-pounder is rated four stars and the 19th best DT in the country by Scout.

• Encino, Calif., safety Marvin Tell, ranked the No. 1 safety in the country, also holds a WSU offer and told CF.C's Barry Bolton this week that he will take an unofficial visit to Pullman on March 8 for a WSU Junior Day event. Tell checks in at 6-2, 180-pounds and holds a boatload of offers. This includes ASU, Cal, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA and many others.

• Another class of 2016 prospect to pick up a WSU offer last week was Lake Stevens quarterback Jacob Eason. The 6-5, 205-pounder, who also holds an offer from Oregon State, threw for 2,941 yards and 23 touchdowns as a sophomore this season. "So thankful to all my players and coaches who have helped me get to this point. WSU offered me a full ride tonight. # Blessed # Pac12 # GoCougs," Eason said on his twitter account Friday night.

• Also of note, although WSU has shifted its efforts to 2015, they're also not done for 2014. Punter Jonathan Weibacher of out Westlake Village, Calif. informed CF.C this morning that he is currently working on setting up an official visit to WSU with the Cougar staff. The 6-2, 190-pounder out of Crespi High did not sign with a school on Wednesday and is still weighing his options. WSU is yet to offer the 6-2, 180-pounder.

"Right now, I don't know where that stands, but I will find out during my official," Weibacher said.

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