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Recruiting: Future Cougars report

TRUE, THERE WERE half a dozen future Cougars whose teams steamrolled the competition this past week. But the trio of Renard Bell, Jalen Thompson and Skyler Thomas really stood out. Here's our weekly report on the Washington State known verbal commit list.

WR/DB Renard Bell (Cathedral/Los Angeles): Bell continued to impress on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball in Cathedral’s nail-biter 13-12 win over Harvard-Westlake. Bell had a monster game -- eight receptions for 68 yards on offense, plus 10 tackles (six solo) and five passes defensed.

WR/DB Jalen Thompson (pictured above, Downey/Downey, CA): Thompson was among the future Cougs whose teams posted big wins: Downey clobbered Gahr 42-10. He finished with three receptions for 77 yards and two rushes for 28 yards. Defensively, Thompson posted four tackles -- with three passes defensed.
 
S Skyler Thomas (Citrus Hill/Perris, CA): Thomas had a big game for Citrus Hill in their dominating 42-7 win over Hemet. On defense, he had seven tackles (five solo) an interception and a pass break up. On special teams, he ran the opening kickoff back 85 yards for a touchdown to set the tone.
 
QB Cody Brewer (Flour Bluff/Corpus Christi): Brewer had a pretty good game overall despite throwing two interceptions as Flour Bluff blew out Tuloso-Midway 40-0. He completed 20 of 31 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns. He also had five rushes for 38 yards.
 
ILB Jihad Woods (Helix Charter/La Mesa, CA): In Helix’s 68-16 drubbing of Grossmont, Woods finished with seven tackles (four solo) inclusing one tackle for loss. He also had one hurry, one sack and a forced fumble. He  ran the ball twice for two yards. Helix moved to 7-1 on the season.
 
TE/DE Mason Vinyard (Helix Charter/La Mesa, CA): Vinyard, Woods' teammate, finished the 68-16 beat down mentioned above with one hurry and one tackle. He had one kick return for five yards.
 
OLB Chima Onyeukwu (Contra Costa JUCO/San Pablo, CA): Contra Costa suffered its first loss of the season, but it wasn’t from a lack of tackling from Onyeukwu. He racked up a team-high nine tackles in the 34-21 loss to Shasta.
 
OL/DL Josh Watson (Cascade/Everett): They were competitive but unfortunately for a Cascade squad that hasn't been able to get over the hump, they lost 28-21 to Kamiak. On defense, Watson had five tackles (four solo) including one tackle for loss.
 
WR Stephen Houston (Rio Mesa/Oxnard, CA): Rio Mesa fell to 5-5 after a 27-0 loss to Pacifica, though Houston had a nice individual effort with 56 receiving yards on six receptions.
 
QB (ATH) D’Jimon Jones (Federal Way/Federal Way): I couldn’t get ahold of the coach for full details but Jones threw a two-yard touchdown near the end of the game to get Federal Way closer to Tahoma. Federal Way converted thetwo-point conversion, but couldn’t corrall the onside kick and the game ended in a 26-22 loss for Jones and Co.
 
CB Isaiah Love (West Covina/West Covina, CA): There has been no update on Love’s status since coach Maggiore said the senior went to a doctor two weeks ago for approval to play. West Covina fell 42-28 to Los Altos, which puts them at 4-5 on the year.
 
OLB Derek Moore (Crenshaw/Los Angeles): No stats were avaliable as Crenshaw lost 2-0 against Locke. The win moved Crenshaw to 6-3 on the year.
 
WR Grant Porter (Upland/Upland, CA): Coach Tim Salter said that Porter would be out until November 13 but didn't provide details. Porter took an unofficial visit to Washington State for the Stanford game last weekend and came away beaming. See related story below.
 
WR Josiah Westbrook (Squalicum/Bellingham): Didn't hear back from the coach for full details but Squalicum rolled 56-14 over Anacortes to stay undefeated at 9-0.
 
QB (ATH) Justus Rogers (Bellevue/Bellevue, WA): I didn't hear back from the coach for full stats but Bellevue did win their game easily over Lake Washington, 45-3. Since their season opening loss, Bellevue is on a seven-game winning streak and are looking like their usual selves: a hard 3A team to beat at 7-1 on the year.

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