Recruiting: Here's why Cougs ain't done yet

EVEN THOUGH WASHINGTON STATE has a recruiting class ranked in the top 25 nationally by and is packed to overfill capacity, they are not done yet out on the recruiting trail when it comes to the undecideds. Indeed, there remain high-value crimson targets who remain uncommitted with Signing Day a week from Wednesday.

With Pasadena four-star WR/CB Taeon Mason verbally committing to the Cougs on Sunday and Steilacoom three-star S/OLB Fotu Leiato headed to the Ducks, there are still four uncommitted prospects CougFans definitely want to keep an eye on.

undecideds. Based on conversations with multiple independent prep and JC sources in recent days, is projecting that if Washington State held onto everyone they currently have on board, they would still find a way to make room for these four -- despite a recruiting class that effectively numbers 28 as of Monday morning (26 verbals/signees, 1 holdover in Deion Singleton, 1 transfer in Kyrin Priester).

Lewis (pictured above) is no longer accepting text messages but a prep source CF.C talked to Monday thinks he might well end up with the Cougars. About a month ago, it looked like for all the world like it was Kentucky but the announcement some believed imminent never came and here we still are. It serves as the ironic coda on recruiting: one day a recruit is all but headed elsewhere and it’s considered all but over (sometimes based on simply a tweet or quote) and then things are completely different the next day.

Lewis, who has had several announcement dates attributed to him come and go, is ranked the No. 25 cornerback nationally and the No. 224 prospect overall regardless of position. He is one of those rare ones who could play either corner or safety at the Power 5 level but corner might be his best spot. He has a Gonzaga (Wash. D.C.) teammate verbally committed to Kentucky while former prep teammate Connor Ennis at Washington State is a close friend. Miami, Okie State, Ole Miss and even Michigan can’t be counted out.

King officially visited Washington State this past weekend, loved it (what a surprise, right?) dropped West Virginia from his leaderboard and is now down to WSU and Wake Forest. Neither school is “close” to home for the Moultrie, Ga., product but Pullman is a good deal farther away than is Winston-Salem, though King was adamant in talking to CF.C Monday morning that distance won’t be an issue.

King will be a slot receiver/return man in college who could also line up in the backfield on occasion. He set both the all-time career (3,781) and single-season rushing records at Colquitt High, racking up 2,090 ground hashes on 279 carries his senior season on an undefeated team who finished No. 5 in the USA Today poll.

Alston told’s Greg Biggins on Saturday he won’t announce until Signing Day and that he still has no leader among his five finalists: WSU, Oregon State, Nebraska, ASU and Cal, though he talked most about the first three in Biggins’ article. For recruitniks over the past few weeks trying to guess which way the wind blows, Alston has seemed to favor all three of those schools in various articles -- the only thing we know for sure when it comes to Alston’s recruitment is that we don’t know.

Alston was at one time verbally committed to OSU before Mike Riley left for Nebraska and he’s scheduled to trip to Lincoln this coming weekend, the last recruiting weekend before Signing Day on Feb. 4. Alston could play either inside or outside receiver at the next level -- he’s got speed and the ability to sit down in the open spaces and makes yards after the catch.

Talk about a cypher, recruiting news on o-line prospect Darrin Paulo has been few and far between this cycle though not for a lack of trying. Brother Darryl Paulo is a 6-3, 261-pound senior-to-be at Washington State who turned a corner last season. Oregon came to the party late and he visited Eugene last weekend, and he takes a final trip to Nebraska this Friday. Based on an earlier quote, he eliminated some Big 10 schools because of distance so the trip to Lincoln could be about Riley saying “Just give us a look,” but with Nebraska perhaps facing an uphill climb. But you can’t count them out, nor can you count out Michigan or Utah.

Darrin makes his older brother looks small, checking in at a massive 6-6, 320 pounds. Paulo’s size may scream o-tackle but he’s versatile and agile enough to play guard in the Pac-12. He soared up schools’ recruiting boards his senior season, earning offers from virtually the entire Pac-12 save for Stanford and Colorado.

Does this mean these are the only four who might go crimson between now and Signing Day? Not at all, there could still be some attrition to come - frankly it would be a surprise if there wasn't some attrition over the last 10 days, such is recruiting. That could result in others coming on board. But the quartet listed above, based on our conversations with sources, are guys WSU would make room for no matter how many they have on board.

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