Recruiting: Updating WSU 2016 class needs

WASHINGTON STATE in its 2016 recruiting class has made some serious headway when it comes to wide receiver pledges. Four of the Cougars' 10 known verbal commitments in Mike Leach’s class are from wideouts. But there are other positions we project that will boast more prospects by the time Signing Day rolls around in February.

Here is CF.C's projection on the numbers for the Washington State class of 2016, broken down by position:

Projected to sign: 1
Verbal Commits: Ian Book, 3-stars.

A pocket passer who can extend plays with his feet, Book does a very nice job of keeping his eyes downfield and has shown the propensity in high school to go on hot streaks. He has a stronger arm than some think and when his mechanics are sound, he can put a lot of zip on the ball. He was 155 of 248 for 2,025 yards with 18 TDs and seven interceptions as a junior.

Projected to sign: 1
Verbal Commits: None
The Cougs have nine known offers out to uncommitted running backs. Among those to keep an eye on this recruiting cycle include Charles Williams (5-11, 175); Daevon Vigilant (5-9, 170); Deon McIntosh (5-11, 170); Romello Harris (5-10, 170); J.J. Taylor (5-6, 155).

Projected to sign: 4
Verbal Commits: Renard Bell, 3-stars; Stephen Houston, 2-stars; Grant Porter, 3-stars; Josiah Westbrook, 2-stars
Porter can both go over the middle and stretch the field and his pledge continues the WSU-Upland High pipeline. Westbrook is a bigger body-type of wideout who can gain extra yards but he also has deceptive speed and can go deep. Bell could play in the slot or at corner at the next level with receiver his most likely landing spot. He has top-end speed, having clocked a 10.8 in the 100. Houston is 6-3 but has more speed and agility than most wideouts his height. WSU may be done here but if they choose to bump the haul up to five, JUCO wideout Alec Dana (6-3, 190) is one to keep an eye on.

Projected to sign: 5
Verbal Commits: Joshua Watson, unrated
Watson at 6-5, 270-pounds told CF.C WSU o-line coach Clay McGuire liked his “natural roll of the hips and a 'pop' of the hips that you can't really teach.” Leach always likes to take at least five o-linemen every class so this is a position to watch moving forward. WSU has 14 known offers out to uncommitted o-linemen (with around 30 offers total this recruiting cycle). Among those who could go crimson are two in-state products: Scott Peck (6-6, 275) and Kameron Smith (6-8, 300). Also, don’t sleep on Frederick Mauigoa (6-4, 295) out of American Samoa. WSU assistant Joe Salave’a generally wins the recruiting battles for American Samoa products offered by the Cougs, but Mauigoa has drawn a lot of camp and combine interest and the Cougs will have to beat out (at least) Oregon State and BYU, two schools also with strong Polynesian pipelines, for the 3-star prospect.

Projected to sign: 4
Verbal Commits: None
Washington State has eight known offers out to players classified as defensive ends by Among the WSU targets are a duo of Washingtonians in Evan Weaver (6-3, 241) and Joel Dublanko (6-3, 245). Keep an eye on DE Curtis Weaver (6-3, 245) too. The big question here: Where are the DTs? listed no uncommitted DT prospects with WSU offers as of today, with a total of four now-committed prospects having previously been offered by WSU. It’s a continuing recruiting storyline to watch in the coming weeks and months.

Projected to sign: 4-5
Verbal Commits: Jihad Woods, 2-stars
"They liked my speed," said the 5-11 Woods of WSU. "They're recruiting speed now and they liked how I can get sideline to sideline." Others who could go crimson down the road include four-star Bryce Youngquist (6-2, 210, pictured above); Chris Baccus (6-3, 225, JUCO); Derek Moore (6-2, 220); Alema Pilimai (6-4, 205); A.J. Hotchkins (5-11, 230, JUCO); Travis Sailo (6-3, 240).

Projected to sign: 4-5
Verbal Commits: Jalen Thompson, 3-stars; D’Jimon Jones, 2-stars, Skyler Thomas, 3-stars
Thomas is physical, racking up 86 tackles, four sacks and five forced fumbles as a junior. Playing on one of Los Angeles County’s top teams a year ago, Thompson posted 57 tackles with one interception. Jones is projected as an ATH and could play DB or WR, with corner appearing his most likely destination. WSU has eight known offers out to uncommitted safeties, seven to uncommitted corners. Ones to watch include Trey Udoffia (6-1, 170); Hirkley Latu (6-3, 200); Tayler Hawkins (6-0, 179); Justus Rogers (6-2, 210, classified as ATH); Mykal Tolliver (6-0, 170); Luca Vartic (6-1, 200).

We do not project WSU to sign a kicker or punter in the 2016 class although the numbers at each position can remain in flux over the entirety of a recruiting cycle. And if the Cougs are faced with a stud prospect who wants to come to WSU, at a position they've already filled their needs at, they'll find room.

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