Recruiting: Future Cougars report

THE FOOTBALL SEASON has wrapped up for many out on the prep and junior college gridiron but five future Cougars are still gunning for championships. Here's the rundown on Washington State's verbal commit list.

Safety Skyler Thomas (Citrus Hill High/Perris, Calif.)
Thomas finished with 10 tackles (seven solo) in a wild 52-45 win  where Citrus Hill came back three times against Rancho Verde and won in overtime. The win puts Citrus Hill in the Inland Division Championship game against Heritage (7 p.m., Friday). Two weeks ago, against Redlands, Thomas had seven tackles including four for loss and two sacks.
 
TE/DE Mason Vinyard & ILB Jihad Woods (Helix Charter High/La Mesa, Calif.)
Woods, Vinyard and Helix kept the winning ways going this last week with a 42-14 drubbing of Central Catholic. A coach couldn’t be reached for full stats on Vinyard or Woods. No. 1 Helix plays No. 2 St. Augustine in the CIF San Diego Open Division Championship at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Helix has outscored opponents by a margin of 487-126, St. Augustine is looking for back to back titles.
 
OLB Derek Moore (Crenshaw High/Los Angeles)
Moore and Crenshaw just keep winning when it matters most, pulling out a 26-17 victory against Arleta. Two weeks ago, Crenshaw (9-4) cruised to a 54-19 win against Garfield. A coach could not be reached for stats on either game. They’ll face Narbonne this Saturday at 7 p.m. in the CIF Los Angeles City Section Championship game.
 
QB (ATH) Justus Rogers (Bellevue High)
Bellevue beat Bishop Blanchet 56-28 and moves on to battle Eastside Catholic in the 3A title game. Bellevue and Eastside Catholic, coached by Ol' Coug Jeremy Thielbahr, will meet in the final for the fourth straight year with Eastside Catholic ending Bellevue's championship streak last year. Two weeks ago, Bellevue won 35-14 against Glacier Peak. A coach couldn’t be reached for stats.
 
WR/DB Renard Bell (Cathedral High/Los Angeles)
One week after knocking out fellow 2016 future Coug (Jalen Thompson of Downey) Bell and Cathedral fell to La Mirada, 38-7.  Bell had four catches for 30 yards.  Bell was later named the co-offensive MVP of the Angelus League. Two weeks ago, Bell finished with another great game, seven receptions for 90 yards. On defense, he had three tackles to go along with three passes defensed as Cathedral beat Downey, 22-20.
 
WR Josiah Westbrook (Squalicum High/Bellingham)
Westbrook is accustomed to scoring pretty much every week but he was held in check by Tumwater with only three receptions for 31 yards. The previously undefeated Storm fell 38-21 to Tumwater in the 2A quarterfinals.
 
OLB Chima Onyeukwu (Contra Costa JUCO/San Pablo, Calif.)
Onyeukwu posted three solo tackles including one sack in Contra Costa’s 41-28 loss to Hartnell in the Living Breath Foundation Bowl. CC finished 9-2 on the season.
 
Eliminated from postseason play last week:
WR Grant Porter (Upland High/Upland, Calif.)
Upland loss it’s second round playoff game with Vista Murrieta, 21-14. Porter finished with just one catch for 8 yards. He was injured most of the season, but was able to play in the team’s playoff games.
 
WR/DB Jalen Thompson (Downey/Downey, Calif.)
In the loss to Renard Bell and Cathedral High, Thompson gave it everything he had. He finished with six receptions for 123 yards and one touchdown. On defense, he racked up six tackles and an interception. He even blocked an extra point. It wasn’t enough as Cathedral topped Downey 22-20.
 
Future Cougs whose teams did not reach the playoffs or were eliminated in previous weeks:
CB Isaiah Love (West Covina High/West Covina, Calif.,); OL Joshua Watson (Cascade High/Everett), ATH/WR D’Jimon Jones (Federal Way High); QB Cody Brewer (Flour Bluff High/Corpus Christi), WR Stephen Houston (Rio Mesa High/Oxnard, Calif.,).


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