Does WSU win 4-star hat dance on Saturday?

WASHINGTON STATE HASN’T had much luck over the years when it comes to recruits selecting a Cougar cap in those ubiquitous college decision hat dances That may change on Saturday. And the prize at the end of this made-for-TV moment is a 4-star cornerback prospect nicknamed “Scrappy.”

Spoiler alert update: Norman chose ASU during the TV broadcast.

Stanley Norman (5-10, 165) out of Junipero Serra High in Gardena, Calif., is down to the wire and the Cougs are more than in the hunt.

He’s ranked the No. 18 corner nationally by Scout.com and, at No. 136 nationally regardless of position, he’s a member of the Scout.com 300.

“Scrappy” would be a nice boost to WSU’s overall team recruiting ranking on Scout.com. He’d be the sixth 4-star pledge in Mike Leach's 2015 class, the third Scout.com 300 member and the highest rated of the trio (LB Kyahva Tezino is No. 257 and DT Thomas Toki is No. 279).

For those who see the glass as half-full, there's a reason to think he’s going to pledge crimson on Saturday during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

For those who see the glass as half-empty, there’s also reason to believe it might be one of the biggest hat dance gut-punches in recent memory.

Let’s start with the reason for optimism: Norman, who's injured and won't play in the game on Saturday, said the four hats on the table will be Alabama, Oklahoma, UCLA and Washington State, reports Scout.com recruiting guru Brandon Huffman.

Of those four, neither UCLA, Oklahoma or Alabama looks to have been recruiting him nearly as strongly as has Washington State. If he truly is choosing between those four and only those four, Cougar fans should feel pretty good about the chances Norman is coming to Pullman.

Now, for the Debbie Downer take: Six days ago, Norman tweeted he was deciding between WSU, Arizona State and Louisville.

So are those four hats a head fake? Does Norman reach for the WSU hat only to pull, say, an ASU hat from under the table?

It’s recruiting. It’s a hat dance. Anything could happen.

Still, for Cougar fans, it might be worth tuning in. The game kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday on NBC. For those who cannot watch, if Norman pledges Washington State, we'll let you know immediately on the Cougfan.com twitter page.



NOTABLE NOTE:
Virginia DT Tim Settle is also scheduled to make his decision known Friday during the Under Armour game but on Thursday he told ESPN, who is televising the event, that he is no longer considering Washington State and will choose between Virginia Tech, Louisville and USC. Most of the predictions are that Settle will, as so many prospects do in the end, stay close to home and choose Virginia Tech. The UA game, where Settle is expected to announce his choice, kicks off at 1 p.m. PST on ESPN.

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