Scholie math: Updating WSU needs, numbers

WASHINGTON STATE now has 18 known verbal commitments after landing two new Cougars this weekend while seeing another flip. We're now in a "dead period" in recruiting but that's something of a misnomer, with plenty still expected to occur in Cougar recruiting in the coming days and weeks. Here's how we project the Cougs allocating the remaining slots in their 2015 recruiting class ...

  • The dead period in recruiting doesn't mean recruiting ends -- prospects can pick up the phone and call coaches anytime they want, all year long. But what does happen is things like in-home visits and official visits are shut down until after the holidays and bowl season. That opens back up this year on Jan. 15.

  • The team recruiting rankings will fluctuate wildly between now and Signing Day but as of this morning, WSU’s class is ranked No. 42 nationally. One note about the rankings: WSU will count Kyrin Priester among its 25 initials, who is transferring to WSU next year from Clemson. does not count transfers in the rankings and because there is no more oversigning WSU’s team ranking on will be based on 24 prospects (assuming WSU takes the maximum 25, which we project them to do).

  • CF.C believes there is a very good chance chance Jeremiah Mitchell could move to four stars and that it’s a near certainty Jonah Moi will be bumped to three stars on by the time it’s all said and done. There are two more primary ratings evaluations by before February’s Letter of Intent Day: one is going on currently with the last major ratings release scheduled for mid-January.

  • Based on the talent pool and in trying to read the tea leaves, we see the two positions WSU most likely to add to their "projected to sign" category to be CB and WR. We also project for Mike Leach to take more defensive players than offensive ones in the 2015 WSU class.

  • This is not a comprehensive list of every remaining target on the WSU radar. And if another star prospect decides he too wants to come on board at a position WSU has satisfied their needs at, WSU isn’t going to turn him away.

    Projected to sign: 4
    Verbal Commits: DT Thomas Toki, 4-stars; DE Jeremiah Mitchell, 3-stars; Hunter Mattox, 2-stars
    Among the remaining WSU targets in the mix:
    Tim Settle, Tuli Wily-Matagi, T.J. Fehoko, Dillon Faamatau, Mufi Hunt, Brendon Hayes, Simi Moala. Note: DE DeVante Wilson flipped his verbal pledge from WSU to Cal, telling's Greg Biggins that with a newborn daughter he wanted to be closer to his support system in California.

    Projected to sign: 4
    Verbal Commits: Aaron Porter, 3-stars; Jonah Moi, 2-stars; Eddie Rudinski, 3-stars
    Among the remaining WSU targets in the mix:
    Kyahva Tezino, Fotu Leiato, Jusstis Warren, Gabe Reid.

    Projected to sign: 4-5
    Verbal Commits: Kameron Powell, 4-stars; Darrien Molton, 3-stars; Treshon Broughton 3-stars
    Among the remaining WSU targets in the mix:
    Marcus Lewis (pictured above), Austin Joyner, Shalom Luani, Kareem Orr, Mohammed Berry, Javari Anderson, Ron Smith, Darreyl Patterson, Cameron Haney.

    Projected to sign: 1
    Verbal Commit: Matt Abramo, 3-stars.

    Projected to sign: 1
    Verbal Commit: Tyler Hilinski, 3-stars.

    Projected to sign: 1
    Verbal Commit: James Williams, 3-stars.

    Projected to sign: 3
    Verbal Commits: Deontay Burnett, 3-stars; Kyrin Priester, PG (post-graduate)
    Among the remaining WSU targets in the mix:
    Taeon Mason (6-0, 170); Isaac Whitney (6-4, 200); Dahu Green (6-3, 185); Desean Holmes (5-9, 151); Equanimeous St. Brown (6-5, 191); George Wilson (6-3, 180); Kanawai Noa (6-0, 170).

    Projected to sign: 5-6
    Verbal Commits: Cedric Bigge-Duren, 3-stars; Noah Myers, 3-stars; Austin Maihen, 3-stars; Davis Perrott, 3-stars
    Among the remaining WSU targets in the mix:
    Keven Dixon (6-6, 275); Darrin Paulo (6-6, 320); Pesi Savea (6-7, 305); Viliamu Auwae (6-5, 265).

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