WSU Signing Day Primer: Part I

IF YOU'VE FEELING a little dizzy the past 13 days with other schools trying their darndest to flip a whole bunch of Washington State's verbal commits, this story is for you. Here is the first installment of a CF.C daily feature running up to Signing Day, complete with video.

Three of the following four range from mostly solid to rock solid, and the fourth is a done deal, having already enrolled at Washington State, begun classes and joined the football program. We take a look at James Williams, Davis Perrott, Kyle Sweet (pictured above) and Tyler Hilinski. Check in tomorrow on for a rundown on four more on the Cougar commit list.

The running back out of Burbank, Calif. has loved the idea of playing in a Cougar uniform since he verbally committed to WSU back in May. Williams (5-11, 185) is recovering "faster than expected" from tearing his ACL and MCL in the second game of his senior season, and he says he will be fully ready to go once fall camp begins. During his junior season, Williams torched opposing defenses with 164 carries, 1,469 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Williams told CF.C about a week ago that he feels comfortable at Washington State and loves the atmosphere. He has recently posted pictures to his Twitter account of the WSU football schedule as well as specially-made Signing Day shirts with the Cougar logo and featuring his name.

Williams didn't take any other visits and when asked his favorite thing about, he said he was blown away by the facilities and that they were the best he has seen in his life.

Williams is ranked the No. 6 running back recruit in California and No. 9 in the West region on He is rated three stars.

Out of Phoenix, the Mountain Pointe High product in a recent interview with CF.C, Perrott indicated a high comfort factor with Washington State though he left the door slightly ajar to other schools. He said he feels that the WSU coaching staff has been very honest with him in the recruiting process but took a visit to Purdue last weekend. He says he is loyal to WSU but is still keeping Purdue and Boise State on the table as he explores his options, and said he likes both coaching staffs.

Perrott said he expects Purdue and Boise State to make in-home visits before the in-home visit period ends January 31 (Saturday at midnight). He has used all of his allotted official visits and said as of right now, he plans to redshirt his first year at WSU and then move up the ranks at one of the tackle positions.

Perrot played on the offensive line for the first time his senior year of high school, coming over the d-line. Perrott checks in at 6-5 and 270 pounds and made the transition nicely, earning the No. 4 ranking at offensive tackle in Arizona on

Sweet is all in at Washington State. The wide receiver went to Santa Margarita High with current Cougars receiver River Cracraft, who Sweet credited for helping him land at Washington State. Sweet (6-1, 175) hauled in 89 passes for 1,338 yards and eight touchdowns during his senior season. Sweet on tape looks very similar to Cracraft, with great hands and the ability to find soft spots in the zone even when everyone in the stadium knows the ball is coming his way.

"I love it here. I can't even put it into words what it was like. The whole experience was so cool. I just really like the city," Sweet said about the visit he took to WSU last weekend.

Sweet told CF.C even if other schools tried to make a last minute run at him, he's not interested. Sweet had an in-home visit with Jim Mastro, David Yost, and Clay McGuire before his visit to WSU and may have already had an in-home, or is about to have one, with Mike Leach.

The Cougs' quarterback commitment graduated high school early, celebrated high school and enrolled at WSU. He's been solid with the Cougs since his April verbal pledge. The 6-3, 200-pounder as a senior led Upland High to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section playoffs for the West Valley Division. Hilinski completed 68.2 percent of his passes for 2,738 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior while throwing only five interceptions. Hilinski chose WSU over another Air Raid offense at Cal among others.

Hilinski enters WSU as the No. 9-rated quarterback in California, and the No. 41 QB in the nation on Another three-star prospect, he will join Peyton Bender, Connor Ennis and Erik Anderson on the depth chart this spring along with incumbent Luke Falk.

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