Which WSU true freshmen will play in 2015?

HOW MANY true freshmen will play this season for the Cougs? Mike Leach has called the incoming 2015 recruiting class, the bulk of whom are expected to begin their Cougar careers on Monday, his best ever at Washington State. So why are we projecting the vast majority of them to redshirt this season?

Two factors: 1) Nine true freshmen played last season at WSU (and 20 freshmen total). 2) The '15 class features five junior college transfers, four of whom -- S Shalom Luani, LB Aaron Porter, CB Treshon Broughton, DE Jeremiah Mitchell -- come in at positions of need. And the fifth, WR C.J. Dimry, checks in at 6-6.

So who is most likely to play as a true freshman this season for the Cougs? These three make our list.

1. K Matt Abramo (6-2, 170)

He's got a very strong leg, something that wasn't in large supply this spring. More importantly, none of the kickers on WSU's roster has been consistent enough to seize the job. Abramo figures to get every opportunity to show he's the guy in fall camp.

2. WR Kyle Sweet (6-1, 190)

Wide receiver is a fairly deep position group heading into August. But Sweet is more polished than your average incoming wideout and he's great coming out of his cuts. He figures to push the incumbents at the inside receiver spots this fall.

3. ATH Logan Tago (6-4, 225)

Tago is probably a linebacker at the end of the day but he makes this list simply because of his versatility: Leach has said he could play safety, inside linebacker, outside linebacker, defensive end, tight end, outside or inside wide receiver

Three incoming freshmen just missed this list: S Kameron Powell has excellent read and react skills coming out of high school and figures to develop into a very good Pac-12 safety - if Luani wasn't in the mix he'd be on the list. DE Hunter Mattox is one we see with the potential to be special two to three years down the road. What could accelerate that to 2015 -- with 272 pounds spread across on his 6-4 frame, he's more physically ready to play in 2015 than were d-ends Hercules Mata'afa (225) and Kingston Fernandez (245-pounds) when they arrived last year and were subsequently fitted for redshirts. DT Thomas Toki has all the tools to become a difference maker. But his position just doesn't lend itself to true freshmen making an early impact in the Pac-12 - as Ngala Tapa showed last year when he redshirted after a stellar prep career.

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