Checking in on Cougs' recruiting rankings

IF THE FOOTBALL RECRUITING season ended today, Washington State would rank among the nation's best at which position?


The Cougs' LB group places them at No. 12 nationally: Kyahva Tezino, 4-stars (pictured above); Aaron Porter, 3-stars; Eddie Rudinski, 3-stars and Logan Tago, 3-stars. Note: classifies Jonah Moi, 2-stars, as a defensive end so he shows up in that positional group but he's told that WSU will play him at "linebacker for sure, but they’ll probably try me at either the BUCK or WILL." does not list beyond 15 schools on the positional rankings so there isn't a way to see how the Cougs' other positions stack up nationally.

But from an overall standpoint, Washington State's 2015 class would rank No. 30 nationally on, just behind Michigan State and just ahead of Texas Tech, if the recruiting season were to end today.

The Cougs' 24 known pledges have an average star rating of 3.04. There are five 4-star Cougar commits and 16 3-star pledges. Two of those 4-star players, a pair of mid-year JUCO transfers in DE Jeremiah Mitchell and S Shalom Luani, have already signed with Washington State and are expected to begin classes at WSU in January.

The national school rankings do figure to fluctuate between now and Signing Day and for two simple reasons: 1) verbal commitments are non-binding and five weeks remain until letters of intent are signed; and 2) many schools do not have as many commitments as does Wazzu at this stage. WSU has 24 known commits but No. 31 Texas Tech, for example, has but 16 commitments.

That said, in terms of four-star recruits, you’d have to add up the previous five WSU recruiting classes just to match the number currently found in the current class, (2014, 0; 2013, 1; 2012, 1; 2011, 1; 2010, 2). The five 4-star recruits in WSU's class are: DT Thomas Toki, S Kameron Powell, Tezino, Mitchell and Luani.

WSU's class ranks sixth in the Pac-12, behind Oregon (17 commits) and ahead of Arizona (23 commits.) Stanford looks to have the best chance to move ahead of WSU in the coming weeks, with 13 commits and ranked No. 8 in the Pac-12, 40th nationally.

If WSU were to, say, finish 7th in the Pac-12 and in the 30s, Cougar fans would be hoping for it to turn out similar to the 1999 haul at Washington State.

The 1999 WSU class was universally rated in the 30s nationally by the recruiting services of the day. Although it was also pegged by most observers at between eighth and tenth in the Pac-10, that class wound up being the backbone for the Cougars' three consecutive 10-win seasons from 2001-03 (the first time a Pac-10 school had strung together three straight 10-win seasons since the 1930s).

• 2014 – 58th, just behind Boston College and ahead of Northwestern
• 2013 - 45th, just behind Penn State and ahead of Northwestern
• 2012 – 53rd, just behind Indiana and ahead of Syracuse
• 2011 – 57th, just behind Maryland and ahead of Indiana
• 2010 – 40th, just behind Arizona and ahead of Georgia Tech
• 2009 – 43rd, just behind Clemson and ahead of Baylor
• 2008 – 74th, tied with Vandy, just behind UTEP and ahead of Troy
• 2007 – 54th, just behind Connecticut and ahead of Kansas State
• 2006 – 45th, just behind Boston College and ahead of BYU
• 2005 – 47th, just behind Kansas State and ahead of Georgia Tech
• 2004 – 21st, just behind North Carolina State and ahead of Washington
• 2003 – 58th, just behind West Virginia and ahead of BYU
• 2002 -- 48th, just behind Illinois and ahead of Oregon State
• 2001 – Unable to locate
• 2000 – Unable to locate
• 1999 – 39th, just behind Kentucky and ahead of Illinois

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