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Leach going big, very big, in WR recruiting class

MIKE LEACH is going big in his 2016 wide receiver recruiting class. Very big. Three in the Cougs' crop of known WR verbal commitments check in at 6-foot-3 or better. For comparison purposes, consider Leach’s first four recruiting classes at Washington State.

In those four classes combined, there were two who checked in at 6-3 or taller (Vince Mayle, C.J. Dimry) according to the official WSU roster.

Granted, some in the current class could have overstated heights on Scout.com.  But whatever the official listings by WSU are next August, this is one tall group. 

Dezmon Patmon is listed by Scout.com at 6-3 ½, Isaiah Johnson is 6-3 and Stephen Houston is also 6-3. (By the way, a reliable prep source told CF.C Monday afternoon that Johnson will be arriving late this week, enrolling at WSU and starting classes on Jan. 11, the first day of the spring semester at Washington State).

All but one of the 2016 wideout verbal pledges to Wazzu is at least 6-0 on Scout.com’s list. Renard Bell is listed at 5-10 but he’s speedy. He could play in the slot or at corner, but we project he’ll come to WSU as a wide receiver.

Grant Porter is 6-0 and Josiah Westbrook is 6-2.

Note: CF.C is projecting WSU will sign 4-5 wideouts this class, with some possibly delaying enrollment or other attrition taking place.

The average height for the ’15 WR crop group is slightly taller than 6-1 ½.  If ATH D'Jimon Jones (6-2) winds up at wideout rather than at corner, the average would tick up a little more.

Only one of the four receivers in last year’s receiver crop, Dimry, is 6-3 or taller (6-5).  The three other wideouts in Leach's last class, Kyrin Priester, Tavares Martin and Kyle Sweet, are listed at 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, respectively, on WSU’s roster.

In Leach's 2014 class, the tallest receiver was Barry Ware (no longer with the program). Ware was listed at 6-3 by Scout.com coming out of high school but was 6-2 on WSU’s roster.  

Vince Mayle was the lone wideout in the 2013 recruiting class who stood 6-3.  None in Leach’s first recruiting class at Washington State in 2012 were listed as taller than 6-0.

NOTABLE NOTE:
Several of our recruiting pages have changed. They now feature a cleaner look -- yet actually offer more information at a glance. You can check out the difference on the known commit list HERE.


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