WSU: Two 4-stars have signed with Cougs

THE COUGS SIGNED two big pieces of their 2015 recruiting class on Wednesday, the first day of the mid-year junior college signing period. Four-star defensive end Jeremiah Mitchell and four-star safety Shalom Luani faxed in their signed Letters of Intent to WSU and all the i's have been dotted and the t's crossed. Luani has three-to-play-two at Washington State, Mitchell has 2-to-play-2.

“We’re excited about Shalom Luani and Jeremiah Mitchell joining the program,” said Mike Leach in a statment. “Both are explosive players and will get the opportunity to come in early, get settled in the classroom and participate in spring practices.”

Luani chose the Cougars over offers from Washington, Oregon State and others. Mitchell (pictured above) signed with WSU over offers this recruiting cycle from Arizona State, Tennessee, Purdue and others.

Luani (6-1, 200) has been called a guided missile out on the gridiron by analysts Greg Powers. Out of City College of San Francisco. Luani he was named Bay 6 Conference Defensive Player of the Year this past season after posting 69 tackles, six tackles-for-loss, four interceptions and two forced fumbles. Luani graduated from Faga’itua High in Pago Pago, American Samoa in 2012, the same school as Cougar nose tackle Robert Barber.

“Shalom is a very good athlete with good size and great feet,” said Leach. “He is a former soccer player, explosive tackler who is physical and a downhill player who makes a lot of plays on the ball.”

Luani is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 19 overall junior college prospect by

Mitchell (6-5, 260) out of Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif. earned All-Central League second-team honors after posting 43 tackles -- 13.5 for loss -- and six sacks.

“For his size Jeremiah is a very athletic player and a disruptive force on the defensive side of the ball,” said Leach. “He is an instinctive pass rusher with a great motor with the chance to make an immediate impact.”

Mitchell is rated a four-star prospect by and the No. 28 overall junior college prospect.

The Cougs are likely not done with the mid-year junior college signing period that runs from Dec. 17 – Jan. 15.

Longtime WSU verbal commit Aaron Porter, a JUCO source tells CF.C, is expected to sign before Christmas next week. (If it were to take longer than that, then his signing wouldn't happen until after the holidays.)

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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