Another WSU hat remains on the table

WHEN IT COMES to all-star high school football games and prospects announcing their college decisions on TV, Washington State will experience another recruiting year with their hat being left on the table.

The Cougs haven't had much luck in this department over the years and it continued on Saturday. In announcing his decision on national TV, 4-star cornerback Stanley Norman (5-10, 165) added an ASU hat to his line up at the last moment.

Norman was pretty much the only WSU "hat dance" drama remaining in the national all-star prep games. Former WSU verbal commitment Austin Joyner of Marysville already made his decision (Washington), sources tell Cougfan.com. He will officially reveal his choice on TV later today during the Semper Fi game.

Norman meanwhile would have been a nice pickup -- and for the ratings, too. He's the No. 18 corner nationally by Scout.com and the No. 136 overall prospect nationally regardless of position on Scout.com.

When he told Scout.com's Brandon Huffman a day or so before his announcement there would be four hats on the table - WSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and UCLA - it seemed he was coming WSU's way. The latter three were not actively recruiting him any longer, according to two prep sources.

But ASU, as it turned out, was always going to be involved. It only remained to be seen whether an ASU hat was pulled from under the table or passed to him by a relative. When the camera panned to Norman, there were instead five hats on the table rather than four.

Washington State has four defensive back verbal commitments in the class: S Kameron Powell, 4-stars; S Shalom Luani, 4-stars; CB Darrien Molton, 3-stars and CB Treshon Broughton 3-stars.

WSU may be done here with four pledges but they will make room if a high-value target wants to come their way. Among the potential remaining prospects still in play: Marcus Lewis, Kareem Orr, Mohamed Berry, Javari Anderson, Ron Smith, Darreyl Patterson and Cameron Haney.


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