WSU to host a star-studded 10 prospects

THERE ARE NOW 10 known prospects expected in Pullman this weekend - and it’s a list chock full of star power. Two of the prospects are on the Scout.com 300, two others are (now) soft verbal commitments to other Pac-12 schools, all 10 are rated either three- or four-stars and nine have at least one other Pac-12 offer. Importantly, we also have the latest ticket update on the WSU-Cal game …

As of late Thursday, WSU had 2,900 tickets remaining for Saturday night’s 7:30 p.m. homecoming game against California. Forty-eight hours earlier, as this CF.C article noted, remaining tickets had numbered 3,800.

California (3-1, 1-1) at Washington State (2-3, 1-1)


The kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Martin Stadium.

The line: Cougs by 3 1/2


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If WSU were to sell out Saturday’s tilt, it would mark the Cougs’ first back-to-back sellouts since the 2006 campaign (6-6). And if the Cougs should win Saturday, they would move into first place in the Pac-12 North with a 2-1 conference mark. (True, some schools will have only played two Pac-12 games, and a 2-1 mark trumps a 1-1 mark. But also worth noting: every team in the rugged Pac-12 North now has at least one conference loss.)

In addition to impacting the game against Cal, a loud, crazy sellout crowd in Martin could also pay huge future dividends – the WSU homecoming game will arguably feature the biggest recruiting weekend since Mike Leach arrived at Washington State.

Like star power? Here's a snapshot look at the 10 prospects now populating the CF.C visit list:

1. CB Marcus Lewis (pictured above), 4-stars, Washington D.C.; Gonzaga College High
A member of the Scout.com 300 (No. 176), Lewis is the type of tall, long, athletic cornerback Mike Breske loves to plug into his attacking defensive scheme. A national-type prospect, The 6-1 1/2 , 187-pounder has upwards of 30 offers, including rides from Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and more. Washington State has seemingly come out of nowhere with Lewis, until this morning WSU didn’t even show up on his profile page. WSU will be his first official visit.

2. LB Josh Woods, 3-stars, Upland, Calif.; Upland High
Woods (6-3, 210) verballed to UCLA over double-digit offers back in July. Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins says Woods was “one of the better linebacker prospects we saw this past spring on the 7v7 circuit.” Ranked the No. 39 OLB prospect in the nation by Scout.com, he’ll be traveling to the Palouse with two Upland teammates who have already gone crimson, (see below.)

3. WR Dahu Green, 3-stars, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Westmoore High
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Green was tabbed as the No. 5 prospect in Oklahoma by Scout.com this spring. He has size, speed and is an advanced route runner for a prep senior. He verballed to Louisville over 15 other suitors has 20 catches for 295 yards and two touchdowns in four games this season for No. 3 ranked Westmoore (Class 6-A-I.)

4. LB Eddie Rudinski, 3-stars, Westlake Village, Calif.; Oaks Christian High
The 6-2, 215-pounder is quick, with good lateral movement that allows him to cover a lot of space. He holds offers from Washington State, UW and Colorado from the Pac-12, along with a host of rides from other schools outside the Power 5 conferences.

5. WR/CB Stanley Norman, 4-stars, Gardena, Calif.; Junipero Serra High
Norman (5-10, 165) is a member of the Scout.com 300 (138) and a national recruit with more than 20 offers that includes 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.

6. 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. He is one of two verbal commits from Upland.

7. 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.

8. 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," Biggins tells CF.C. "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."

9. DT Dillon Faamatau, 3-stars, Norwalk, Calif.; Norwalk High
Faamatau checks in at 6-4, 280-pounds. "Faamatau has good strength and plays really physically,” Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst tells CF.C. “He¹s got a good motor, plays through the whistle and uses his hands violently. He¹s an ideal DT or a 3-4 DE and it wouldn¹t be a stretch to see him as an offensive guard in college, but he plays smart and crafty as a defensive lineman, where we think his highest ceiling is."

10. QB Tyler Hilinski, 3-stars, Upland, Calif.; Upland High
Hilinski (6-3, 200) verballed to WSU over the summer. So far this season he has passed for 1,052 yards and nine TDs, averaging 210.4 hashes per game. He is 69-103 on the year (67 percent), with only 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. He is tripping to WSU with his Upland teammates, Powell and Woods.


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