Thomas Toki headed to JC, Cougar DT recruiting remains full of intrigue

CLASSES AT WASHINGTON STATE begin one week from today. For one DT target, WSU 4-star holdover Thomas Toki, the question on whether he's headed to WSU or will go the JUCO route has been answered. So where do things stand with DT recruiting in general for the Cougs' 2016 class?

Update: Just after this story was published, Thomas Toki tweeted out he is headed the JUCO route.

Toki tells CF.C through direct messaging he will enroll at College of San Mateo for the coming term and that the WSU staff helped to place him at CSM.  He also said he was "ahead of things" and planned to be receive his AA and become eligible to enroll at a 4-year school after one season of junior college ball, at the end of Spring 2017.

Toki, a four-star prospect on in the 2015 class, verbally committed to Washington State on Christmas Eve two years ago and signed with WSU this past February over 20-plus scholie offers. Toki had been waiting on his ACT test score to learn if he had met NCAA qualification standards. 

CF.C projects Washington State will look to sign two DT-types in the 2016 class, provided the value is there, but they could also end up signing one – good DTs are hard to find and the calendar says Signing Day is less than one month away and WSU has no known DT pledges (they have two DE types). 

Check out the full list of known Cougar commits

While CF.C recruiting guru Braulio Perez has been figuratively pounding the pavement, the DT prospect pool for the Cougs has remained shrouded in mystery. 

After recruiting opens back up on Jan. 14, and perhaps all the way through Signing Day on Feb. 3, d-tackle recruiting for Washington State figures to be a wild ride.

Meanwhile, at least three in the class do figure to arrive in January. 

JUCO DE Garrett McBroom (6-3, 268) signed with Washington State as a midyear transfer last month.  CB Jalen Thompson and ATH Justus Rogers are graduating early from high school and have signed financial aid agreements with WSU.

WR Isaiah Johnson plans to come to WSU in January and has signed an FAA according to Twitter -- but WSU has not issued an official release on his FAA signing as they did on Thompson and Rogers.  Whether Johnson arrives in January or later, he has a ton of upside.

If WSU does end up with three January arrivals, that’s good stuff. If Johnson also was able to come in January, that would be great stuff.

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