A monster recruiting weekend on tap for Cougs

WASHINGTON STATE is doing far more than hosting California this Saturday. The weekend is also shaping up as an absolute monster for the Cougars on the recruiting front. One question, however, looms: Will Cougar fans do their part?

As of this writing, Cougfan.com and Scout.com have confirmed six prospects who will be in Pullman for official visits, but based on phone conversations with prep and JC coaches it looks like that number could rise to as many as 10 visitors -- all rated 3 stars or more.

If the total does reach the 10 we're hearing about, the overall quality of the group could arguably render this the biggest recruiting weekend since Mike Leach arrived at Washington State.

Schools always want to put their best foot forward on recruiting-visit weekends and a loud, sold-out stadium that's rocking for 3 1/2 hours straight can do wonders.

But as of Wednesday afternoon, 3,800 tickets were still available for Saturday’s homecoming game tilt with the Golden Bears. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

And so that begs the question: Will Cougar fans step up and notch their second-consecutive sellout following the Oregon game (pictured above)? WSU hasn't had back-to-back sellouts since the 2006 season (6-6).

Here's a snapshot look at the six prospects on the CF.C visit list:

WR/CB Stanley Norman, 4-stars, Gardena, Calif.; Junipero Serra High
Norman (5-10, 165) is a national recruit with more than 20 offers, including the majority of the Pac-12 plus Notre Dame, Florida State and Oklahoma. His nickname is Scrappy and that’s exactly how he plays -- constantly throwing receivers and would-be defenders off their game.

S/CB Kameron Powell, 4-stars, Upland, Calif.; Upland High
Powell (5-10, 180) verbally committed to WSU over the summer and chose the Cougs over offers from Washington, Oregon State, Colorado, Utah and others. He has great hips and is one of those rare defensive backs who could be a safety or a corner at the Pac-12 level. He's physical, athletic, a sure tackler and had solid coverage skills.

WR George Wilson, 3-stars, Tustin, Calif.; Tustin High
He's a soft verbal to Utah. A big, physical player (6-3, 180) who can get downfield in a hurry. Scout.com's Greg Biggins says Wilson is not the most fluid route runner right now but that can be refined and what you can't teach is what he's got: size, ability to catch the ball in traffic and take a hit and underrated speed. He's just now starting to come in to his own as a player, Biggins adds.

DT Olive Sagapolu, 3-stars, Santa Ana, Calif.; Mater Dei High
Sagapolu (6-2, 290). "A true 3-4 nose guard and one of the best interior lineman I've seen this year," says Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins. "He has size, strength, technique, toughness and a non-stop motor as well. He is very tough to move around, even with a double team. He's more of a run stuffer than a pass rusher right now and is a very good college prospect."

DT Dillon Faamatau, 3-stars, Norwalk, Calif.; Norwalk High
Faamatau (6-4, 280). "He is a talented two-way player with nice versatility at the next level," says Biggins. "He plays primarily defensive end but probably projects better as a tackle down the line. His biggest strength as a lineman is his strength, he's able to physically manhandle opposing tackles and always get a good push. He doesn't show a great burst off the edge, which is why we like him as a tackle but he uses his hands very well, can get off blocks and has good short area quickness. He's also a devastating blocker as a tight end and could easily grow in to an offensive guard in college."

QB Tyler Hilinski, 3-stars, Upland, Calif.; Upland High
Hilinski (6-3, 200), a teammate of Powell's, verbaled to WSU over the summer. So far this fall he has passed for 1,052 yards and nine touchdown passes, averaging 210.4 hashes per game. He is 69-103 on the season (67 percent), with two interceptions. Hilinski is on pace to graduate from high school early and enroll at WSU in January, which would allow him to go through spring drills.


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