DT NGALU TAPA (Sacramento)
Perhaps the most intriguing member of WSU’s 2014 recruiting class given his high ceiling and personal story of overcoming a poor decision to reclaim his life. An all-class California All-State pick by USA Today in 2013 season. Cooper's move to the NFL and Toni Pole's graduation opens up space in the trenches for Tapa in 2015.
DE HERCULES MATA’AFA (Kapolei, Hawaii)
He’s already got the name to turn heads, now he just needs to extend his sack-happy high school numbers to the college level. Came to WSU at 6-2, 225, so his spring check-in will be interesting to monitor because he’ll need more girth to stick up front. He had an excellent showing this past season redshirting on the scout team and in Thursday Night Football.
DE KINGSTON FERNANDEZ (Kapolei, Hawaii)
He checked in last August at 6-2, 254 and is no doubt bigger and stronger today. He was a sacking machine his senior year of high school and rated the No. 25 DE prospect in the West by Scout.com.
DE/LB CHANDLER LENIU (Lakewood, Calif.)
Where Leniu tips the scales this spring may determine whether he lines up this fall at middle linebacker, BUCK or end, but this much is certain: this 2013 Parade All-American honorable mention choice has the motor and athleticism to compete in the Pac-12.
LB FRANKIE LUVU (Pago Pago)
There was no redshirt for Luvu (also pictured at the top of this story) in 2014, as he played in eight games for the Cougs as a true freshman. With Monroe, Tana Pritchard and Cyrus Coen all gone in 2015, he will have plenty of opportunity to make a claim for major playing time this spring.
LB GREG HOYD (Murrieta, Calif.)
Strong work ethic and excellent football IQ (he’s the son of a coach), Hoyd comes from a prep program where winning is in the DNA. He brings all that and more to the Cougars and, like Luvu, could find ample opportunity to make a mark at linebacker in 2015.