Simmons' move unravels Cougar class

TWO WSU VERBAL COMMITMENTS projected to sign with Washington State when the day began on Wednesday ended up inking their Letters of Intent elsewhere. The pair added to a group of six decommitments over the last week-plus that coincided with a report WSU outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons was headed to Oklahoma. Mike Leach was asked about Simmons today.

"He's going to Oklahoma. He had the opportunity and he's been thinking about it, so yeah, he's going to Oklahoma," Leach said.

In the last week WSU dropped from a top 25 national class to No. 45 this afternoon.

It was a scalding hot topic on Twitter and the CF.C message boards as Signing Day unfolded, with Dennis Simmons the primary recruiter on four of the six Washington State decommits that took place over roughly the past week:

Deontay Burnett, a 3-star wideout out of Gardena was a soft verbal commitment to WSU thought to be deciding between WSU and Michigan. WSU was seen as holding a slight edge headed into Signing Day. But Burnett instead signed with USC.

Dillon Faamatau, a 3-star DT out of Norwalk, Calif., a little over a week ago decommitted from Washington State and flipped to ASU. He signed with the Sun Devils on Wednesday.

Dahu Green, a three-star wideout out of Oklahoma City, flipped to Oklahoma earlier this week and signed with the Sooners, where Simmons has been rumored to be heading.

Kyahva Tezino, a four-star linebacker, announced he was decommiting from WSU earlier this week. He signed with San Diego State on Wednesday.

Taeon Mason, a 4-star wide receiver prospect out of Pasadena who decommitted from USC to pledge WSU surprised everyone on Wednesday by inking his LOI with San Jose State. (Mason had previously told CF.C his primary recruiter was Ken Wilson).

Willie Sykes, a 3-star defensive back from Spring, Texas, in a few days time flipped from WSU to Nebraska, and then signed with Arkansas earlier today. (Sykes had previously told CF.C his primary WSU recruiter was Jarrail Jackson, with Simmons also involved. Jackson had been temporarily installed as an assistant coach and had an in-home with Sykes).

The Cougar class at one point earlier this month -- when Mason verbally committed -- was rated as high as 23rd nationally. After the decommits, with showing Washington State with 23 on the board, they fell to 34th -- and then an hour later down to 41st after Mason's departure was subtracted.

A call in the low-40s is still a solid class. It's the highest rated of any Leach recruiting class at Washington State and there remain "a couple" open spots to fill yet, Leach said. And that should bump it up a bit more in the rankings. (Update: Eddie Rudinski has reportedly signed with Dartmouth according to the LA Daily News). And the strength of the class is found on the two lines, which is always a good thing.

But given the late-game chaos that ensued after it was reported Simmons was talking with Oklahoma, CougFans on twitter and out in cyberspace were left wondering Wednesday about what might have been.

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