Washington State announces Jalen Thompson and Justus Rogers signed financial aid papers (not an LOI)

WASHINGTON STATE announced on Friday they have inked a pair of 2016 class recruits to financial aid agreements. Both cornerback Jalen Thompson and ATH Justus Rogers are on pace to graduate high school early, enroll at WSU in January and take part in spring drills.

Note: A financial aid agreement shouldn't be confused with a Letter of Intent. A financial aid agreement is not binding in the way an LOI is -- a student-athlete signing FAA papers could still sign a binding LOI with a different school in February and enroll elsewhere (though Thompson and Rogers are certaintly expected to enroll at WSU after the start of the new year). 

Tyler Hilinski is among those who took the same route to Wazzu, signing FAA Papers and enrolling at Washington State this past January.<br><br>

The financial aid agreement means the university is obligated to honor the scholarship, plus recruiting restrictions that previously were in place, such as limits on phone calls and in-person contact, are also lifted. <br><br>

This is a newer trend -- recruits previously generally did not sign financial-aid papers prior to Signing Day. It came about after the NCAA released an interpretation by the academic and membership affairs staff stating that a prospect who intends to graduate from high school in the middle of an academic year, and enroll early at a university, may sign a financial-aid agreement on or after Aug. 1 of his senior year.

Rogers, out of Bellevue High, checks in at 6-2, 220-pounds. He is expected to get his shot at quarterback in the spring but some think his best position at the next level is in the defensive backfield. A three-star prospect on Scout.com and also rated the No. 19 athlete in the West, as a dual-threat QB he completed 60-of-92 passes for 900 yards and nine touchdowns without an interception his junior campaign and also rushed 49 times for 400 yards and two touchdowns in leading Bellevue to the 3A State title game.

Thompson (6-0, 170) is another three-star prospect, hailing from Bellflower, Calif., and Downey High.  He earned All-CIF and All-League honors as a junior after playing on one of the area's top teams a year ago. Thompson (pictured above) posted 57 tackles with one interception and caught 22 balls for 450 yards and four touchdowns this past season. The Cougs like him at corner at the next level.


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