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WSU's most important bowl practice?

WASHINGTON STATE's bowl practice on Saturday is planned to run only about 75 minutes. The Sun Bowl is still 14 days away so it won't be focused on the game plan, and probably will focus more on the crimson youth rather than the starters and key contributors. But it still might be the Cougs' most important bowl practice.

That's due to the seven official visitors in town.

DEs Phillip Napoleon and Garrett McBroom are both expected to sign as midyear junior college transfers on Wednesday. Seeing Saturday's WSU practice up close could be a key part of their decision.

The same holds true for a pair of prep visitors in OG Francisco Perez (a soft verbal to Cal) and OT Liam Ryan.

For three WSU verbals also in town, LB Chima Onyeukwu, CB Jalen Thompson and ATH Justus Rogers, the bowl practice offers them the opportunity to imagine themselves competing in bowl practices a year from now at Wazzu.

Because of the way the recruiting calendar falls, Saturday's session is the only WSU bowl practice official visitors will see. 

Last weekend, WSU didn't know what bowl game they would be in and didn't hold a bowl practice.  (Last weekend's official visitors did see Cougs' lifting weights and getting some running in). 

On Sunday, the official visit period come to an end and doesn't open back up until Jan. 14, after all the bowls are in the books.

Sure, there are a lot of other factors that go into a verbal commitment, and a bowl practice isn't going to be the most important one. But it can be a key ancillary factor. And as far as recruiting goes, Saturday's session is part and parcel of the last WSU recruiting weekend of 2015.

NOTABLE NOTE:
WSU has not released any practice details beyond Saturday so it is unknown if the Cougs are practicing Sunday and if so, at what time. Finals Week begins Monday so that's the top priority, with football chief of staff Dave Emerick saying Monday on Cougar Calls with Bill Moos that they'll try to squeeze in a practice or two from Dec. 14-18.

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