WSU Signing Day Primer: Part III

THE WOLVERINES are trying to get in the door. Michigan, with just nine listed verbal commits on Scout.com, extended a last-minute offer to Coug WR pledge Deontay Burnett and are bringing him out on a visit. Burnett, plus a four-star prospect WSU flipped from USC, a four-star uber-versatile linebacker and a 6-6, three-star offensive lineman are profiled in our latest feature on the '15 WSU class.

In this edition of the Signing Day Primer series: Taeon Mason, Joseph Price, Aaron Porter, and Deontay Burnett (pictured above). Check back tomorrow for yet another update on four of the Cougar commits, as a part of CF.C's countdown to Signing Day on Feb. 4.

As a four-star wide receiver/cornerback Mason (6-0, 170) was highly-recruited, especially in the Pac-12. Mason had offers from USC, UCLA, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, and Oregon State plus others. Mason is ranked the No. 11 wide receiver in California, and the 48th WR nationally by Scout.com.

Out of Muir High, Mason had 24 catches for 569 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games as a senior. He also scored twice on the ground during his senior year. He also spent some time returning kickoffs and punts during both his senior and junior years.

He was pledged to USC since last February but last week told Cougfan.com he was going to decommit. Soon after, as expected after a long courtship that included a visit to WSU in November, he pledged Wazzu -- a decision encouraged by a great in-home visit from Mike Leach, Alex Grinch, Dennis Simmons and Ken Wilson.



Burnett, a potential piece for the Cougars' Air Raid, should be under close watch through Signing Day. Michigan offered Wednesday and he received an in-home visit from Michigan Thursday. He said he'll be flying back with the Michigan staff for an official visit to the school this weekend. Burnett told Scout.com's Greg Biggins that he will likely make a decision early next week. Burnett also received a late offer from Arizona State, Burnett announced Thursday on Twitter.

Burnett told Biggins that Leach had stressed to him how much WSU throws the ball, and how it is truly a wide receiver's offense, unlike what he'd find in the Big Ten.

The three-star recruit is rated the No. 14 wide receiver in California and the No. 17 WR in the West region by Scout.com. Burnett committed to WSU in July. The 5-11, 160-pound receiver stood out in Sunday's West Coast Bowl with two touchdown receptions, and he earned the MVP award. He caught 27 passes for 545 yards and five touchdowns in 11 games for Junipero Serra High this season.



Price (6-6, 267) also had offers from Cal and Fresno State. Price was selected to the first-team offense for California Division II All-State Football Team this season. He was also chosen to the Riverside Press All-Area Team, the San Bernardino Sun All-Area Team, and the Southern Section All-Inland Division Team.

The three-star offensive tackle out of Redlands East Valley High in California verbally committed after a recent Wazzu visit followed by an in-home with Leach, Wilson and Clay McGuire.



Porter is a longtime Cougar verbal and three-star linebacker out of Cerritos College -- he could be poised to make an immediate impact for the Cougars' defense such is his versatility and ability to play downhill. In 10 games this season, Porter recorded 87 total tackles, including five sacks and 11 tackles for a loss. He also snatched one interception. He could play any of the four LB slots for the Cougars.

Nebraska and San Diego State both tried to pry him loose this past week but Porter (6-3, 240) wasn't interested. Porter told CF.C last week that he loves the location of WSU and the coaches -- he has a particularly close connection with Jim Mastro stretching back to when he was being recruited out of high school.




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