Waiting game for Cougs and Louisiana WR/ATH

RICKEY PRESTON, a three-star wide receiver prospect out of Boutte, La., may well end up joining Washington State in Pullman down the road. We asked his prep coach at Hahnville High for clarity on where things stand between WSU and the 6-1, 190-pounder out of Bayou Country.

Alas, clarity can sometimes be hard to come by when it comes to recruiting. Whether he'll arrive at WSU sooner or later, or whether it comes to pass at all, remains unknown. Preston’s prep coach at Hahnville High, Dominic Saltaformaggio, said in an email to Cougfan.com, “we are waiting on the paper work to be completed.” Attempts to reach Preston have so far been unsuccessful.

NOLA.com quoted Preston just prior to Signing Day as saying he would need to go the junior college route after being unable to qualify academically. That appears to have changed. Saltaformaggio said Preston will be eligible to join a four-year school, though he did not specify when he expects that to happen or what benchmark Preston needs to satisfy.

Saltaformaggio said WSU has offered and Preston does plan on heading to WSU. If that happens, he would come to Washington State as a wide receiver but could also play defensive back. Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch recruited Preston when he was at Missouri. WSU Director of Player of Personnel Jarrail Jackson also has recruiting ties in the area. Preston held offers this recruiting cycle from Nebraska, Missouri and others.

Preston was named first-team all-district at receiver after his senior season with a knack for racking up all-purpose yards. He was a hard-to-stop return man on kickoffs, rushed for 262 yards and four touchdowns and caught nine passes for 213 yards and three TDs.

Indications are the matter might not be officially put to rest until Preston were to enroll, in summer school or in the fall term, at WSU and would count against the 2016 class. The current signing period runs until April 1. After that, a 2015 class member signs a financial aid agreement. WSU is at the limit of 25 initial counters for the 2015 class, with 23 signees, one transfer (Kyrin Priester) and 2014 holdover Deion Singleton.

The FAA obligates the school to honor the scholarship but it does not bind the prospect to attending the school with which he signs the financial aid agreement. Nor does it create a recruiting ban on other programs from pursuing the prospect after he signs the FAA.

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