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Moos on 2016 WSU recruiting: Best is yet to come

WASHINGTON STATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Bill Moos strongly hinted Wednesday on KQQQ radio that WSU, with 26 known commitments, is poised to add “some very good football players” to that list between now and Signing Day.

“We’re sitting on a recruiting class that is very good, and it’s only going to get better as we get closer to that first Wednesday in February,” said Bill Moos.

Schools can only sign 25, which makes for a good problem to have, said Moos.

“We’re at a point in our recruiting where we’ve got to reevaluate where we’re at because we’ve got people calling us – I mean, very good football players that want to be Cougars… so we want to take advantage of that,” said Moos.

WSU is ranked No. 47 in the national recruiting rankings on Scout.com, and 10th in the Pac-12.  That's not something Moos is losing sleep over.

“I put about as much credit in those rankings for recruiting classes as I used to in the BCS,” said Moos. “A lot of those people who are making those rankings never played a down and don’t know what they’re talking about. What’s important for us is that we have the quality, high-level players - which we have a lot of commitments here, that fit what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.”

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Moos said four student-athletes from the 2016 class (presumably WR Isaiah Johnson, ATH Justus Rogers, CB Jalen Thompson and JUCO DE Garrett McBroom) are “already enrolled in school” with the first day of WSU’s spring semester on Monday. In doing so, they'll enjoy the earliest of head starts by joining WSU’s winter conditioning program and going through spring ball.

Moos also noted WSU went 9-4 this season and will play seven home games in Pullman each of the next three seasons.

“We are more the hunted than the hunter, now,” said Moos. “We need to make Martin Stadium a force to reckon with for our opponents… These are exciting times and it’s not time to crack a beer and light a cigar. It’s time to kick it into another gear so we can enjoy this feeling for years to come, on an annual basis.”

Moos said he feels WSU could have sellouts “maybe for the majority of those seven games” in 2016.

“We’ve got very good seats (available). We’ve got some 40-, 35-, even some 50-yard line seats on the south side, which is the premium seating side, that were vacated by folks that went up to the club seats.”

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“When you’ve got something that’s working, you want to hold into it,” Moos said of the recent multi-year deals signed by defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and d-line coach Joe Salave'a.

“(Grinch) really brought a lot of energy,” Moos said of the first-year DC. “There’s a lot of credit that goes to him and that defensive unit in the nine wins we got this past year, including the Sun Bowl.

“With Joe Salave’a, very hot commodity. We’ve had Washington try to lure him away, we’ve had USC -- but he’s where he wants to be and we want to make sure that he stays here. Not only is he a tremendous coach, but a tremendous recruiter as well.”

Moos did not say whether Salave’a and Grinch received raises, though it’s presumed that was the case. Moos also did not specify the length of their deals but a reliable source told CF.C last month Grinch’s deal runs through June 2018, Salave’a’s though June 2017.

Moos was also asked about his son, Ben Moos (6-3, 240). He's a Class of 2017 prospect out of Pullman High with offers already from WSU, UW and Nebraska.  The elder Moos said he couldn’t mention him by name on the radio but said Ben gets 5-25 pieces of recruiting content in the mail each day.

“I’m trying to stay away from it as best I can… we offered him after his freshman year. He loves the Cougars but as with my older son (Bo) who ended up playing at Arizona State, his mother and I kinda have to step aside and let him go through the process and pick the best situation for him," said the elder Moos.

Ben is ranked three stars and classified by Scout.com as a tight end.

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