WSU: Mid-year JC signing period begins today

THE EARLY SIGNING PERIOD for junior college mid-year transfers begins today -- and it comes with a bit of mystery for Cougar Nation. Could Washington State ink two, or even three mid-year JUCOs ... and as soon as today? UPDATE: One very big 4-star get for the Cougs has already sent in his signed Letter of Intent to WSU.

Cougar JUCO verbal commits Shalom Luani , Jeremiah Mitchell (pictured above) and Aaron Porter have all been reported at one time or another this recruiting cycle as planned December transfers/graduates. attempted to reach all three directly in recent days to ask if they were eligible and planned to ink their Letter of Intent to WSU on the early JC signing period's first day - Wednesday. Alas, we did not connect with the trio. But in talking with multiple JUCO sources, here's what we think we know:

The Cougs may well sign two on Wednesday.

Luani, a 4-star safety prospect, has been reported as a full qualifier out of high school. If so, he doesn't need to get his Associates degree in order to sign as a mid-year junior college transfer.

Mitchell, a junior college source told CF.C, was on track as of a week ago and planning to sign. (By the way, as CF.C floated earlier HERE, Mitchell has now been bumped up to four stars.)

-Mitchell has faxed in his signed Letter of Intent to Washington State. CLICK HERE.
-Both Luani and Mitchell have faxed in their signed their LOIs and Washington State has announced their signings.

Porter meanwhile, a JUCO source told CF.C, will likely need to wait for a grade to come in probably sometime just before Christmas next week and would then be eligible to sign. (If it were to take longer than that, then his signing wouldn't happen until after the holidays.)

As longtime watchers of Cougar recruiting know, until they are in, and all the i's have been dotted and t's crossed on the paperwork, you never really know for sure if that official announcement on the mid-year JUCOs is going to come from Wazzu ... or when. The mid-year junior college period runs from Dec. 17 – Jan. 15. Midyear junior college transfers don't have to sign on Wednesday, although most do.

Bottom line, we may know about all Luani, Mitchell and Porter in a few short hours, or it might take a while on one or more.

Luani (6-1, 200) is described by analyst Greg Powers as a guided missile on the gridiron. He was named the Bay 6 Conference Defensive Player of the Year this past season with 60-plus tackles, two forced fumbles and four interceptions. He has 3-to-play-2.

Mitchell checks in at 6-5, 255-pounds. He posted 13.5 TFL and six sacks among his 43 tackles (20 solo) at Riverside this past season. He has 2-to-play-2.

Porter (6-3, 240) had 87 tackles this season with five sacks and one interception. What makes Porter different is his extreme versatility, the former UCLA Bruin could play any of the WSU linebacker positions (SAM, MIK, WIL, BUCK). He has 2-to-play-2.

IT'S A BIG DEAL when you can bring in anyone early in January, assimilate them into the program and voluntary workouts and have them go through spring ball. And if an official WSU release comes later today, it might not just be limited to 2-3 names.

It's expected Washington State could also on the same release name Clemson transfer WR Kyrin Priester, prep QB Tyler Hilinski and Pasco DB Deion Singleton, a holdover from the previous signing class. All three have signed financial aid agreements with WSU and are expected to enroll and begin classes in January. Per NCAA transfer rules, Priester would not be eligible until 2016.

Two other junior college verbal pledges in the Cougar 2015 class - CB Treshon Broughton and LB Jonah Moi, both confirmed to CF.C recently they are spring graduates and will be signing their Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Feb. 4 with the rest of the WSU signing class.

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