Recruiting: Projecting, updating WSU class

WASHINGTON STATE's commit list shows 24 known verbal commitments in the 2015 class and schools can sign 25. But it would be to err to think the Cougs would get to 25 and then just stop. Here's how we project the Cougs allocating the remaining slots in their '15 recruiting class ...

WSU is actually already at that 25 figure, with 2014 class holdover Deion Singleton having signed a financial aid agreement and expected to enroll in January. But if one or more of a handful of prospects at the top of the WSU recruiting board decide they want to come join Mike Leach, the Cougs will make room.

To do so, others could delay their enrollment or it could turn out there's more flipping to come. Oregon State, for example, is trying hard to get WSU LB verbal Jonah Moi to flip to them. Some might not ultimately qualify before the end of July, although this looks like a very solid class academically, but if you sign a player and he does not qualify, you're out of luck - you can sign 25 and that's it, regardless of if some don't qualify. (Note: WSU has confirmed to CF.C the Cougs do not have any spots to allocate midyear transfers back towards the previous year's numbers, having previously put 25 initial counters on scholie.)

When the in-home period opens back up Jan. 15 – 31, you can expect other schools’ coaches trying very hard to get into the living rooms of Cougar verbal commits and trying to get them to flip. Conversely, you can also expect Leach and the WSU assistants to be working 24/7 to hold onto the ones they’ve got, and to try and land a few additional key pieces of their own.

The following is not a comprehensive list of every known remaining target on the WSU radar but rather a snapshot look at how each position is shaping up as we come to the end of 2014.

Based on the talent pool, our take is the two positions WSU is most likely to add to are cornerback and wide receiver if the right guys come along. We also project for Mike Leach to take more defensive players than offensive players in the 2015 class.

DL
Projected to sign: 4-5
Verbal Commits: DT Thomas Toki, 4-stars; DE Jeremiah Mitchell, 4-stars; Hunter Mattox, 2-stars; Dillon Faamatau, 3-stars
Among the potential remaining WSU targets still in play: Tim Settle, Tuli Wily-Matagi, T.J. Fehoko, Mufi Hunt, Brendon Hayes, Simi Moala.

LB
Projected to sign: 5-6
Verbal Commits: Aaron Porter, 3-stars; Jonah Moi, 2-stars; Eddie Rudinski, 3-stars; Kyahva Tezino, 4-stars; Logan Tago, 3-stars
Among the potential remaining WSU targets still in play: Fotu Leiato, Gabe Reid.

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

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

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

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

WR
Projected to sign: 3-4
Verbal Commits: Deontay Burnett, 3-stars; Kyrin Priester, PG (post-graduate); Kyle Sweet, 3-stars
Among the potential remaining WSU targets still in play: Lavan Alston, Sihiem King (5-9, 175); Taeon Mason (6-0, 170); Dahu Green (6-3, 185); Desean Holmes (5-9, 151); Equanimeous St. Brown (6-5, 191); George Wilson (6-3, 180).

OL
Projected to sign: 5-6
Verbal Commits: Cedric Bigge-Duren, 3-stars; Noah Myers, 3-stars; Austin Maihen, 3-stars; Davis Perrott, 3-stars; Amosa Sakaria, 2-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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