WSU recruiting: Huge weekend on tap with 13 prospects expected in town this weekend

PULLMAN IS GOING to be packed this weekend. A big recruiting weekend for WSU under Mike Leach usually calls for eight prospects. But after adding two more official visitors just recently, there are now a whopping 13 recruits expected this weekend on the Palouse, including several uncommitted prospects. So why does our list only show 12 names?

Things can always change (and usually do) in the days leading up to an official visit weekend but as of late Monday morning, CF.C has been able to confirm with 12 high school prospects and one graduate transfer (Michigan’s Logan Tuley-Tillman) that they’ll be at WSU this weekend for officials.

Tuley-Tillman's name doesn't appear on our visitor list because Scout.com policy is for transfers from other schools not to count as recruits or commits once they’ve played a down or started classes. Yhey instead count as transfers on Scout.com and not as part of the new school's recruiting class. So Tuley-Tillman won't show on the visit list, but he's visiting WSU this weekend.

Earlier this month, Athletic Director Bill Moos said Cougar football recruiting was about to kick into a new gear and this weekend’s huge list of recruits certainly showcases that. 

Here's the list of who is expected in town this weekend:

UNCOMMITTED PROSPECTS 

• ATH Zion Echols: The three-star prospect hails from Covina, Calif., and is scheduled to visit WSU and Cal this month. The 5-8, 175-pounder holds offers from WSU, Cal, Utah, Arizona, Oregon State, Boise State, BYU and others. In a recent conversation with CF.C, Echols said the WSU coaches are recruiting him as a running back.

• DE Curtis Weaver : The 6-3, 245-pounder informed CF.C over the weekend that he will be taking his official to WSU, arriving to Pullman on Friday. Rated three stars by Scout.com, Weaver holds offers from Boston College, Virginia, Duke, Wisconsin, Utah State, San Diego State and others.

• DT Wayne Kirby: Kirby told CF.C last week that he’s down to WSU, Utah and BYU. Following his visit to WSU this weekend, he’ll take visits to his other finalists before National Signing Day. For more on Kirby, check out this article we posted last week.

• CB Tayler Hawkins: Hawkins is definitely an intriguing prospect to watch for Cougar fans. The three-star cornerback, ranked the No. 64 CB in the country, is another touted prospect, holding offers from WSU, UW, Arizona State, Colorado and others. He checks in at 6-0, 180-pounds and runs a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash. 

• LB Tainoa Foster: Foster is rated two stars by Scout.com and holds offers from WSU, Fresno State, Hawaii and Utah State. The Hawaiian native hosted WSU area recruiter Joe Salave’a for an in-home visit last month. Foster is listes as a 6-2, 200-pound outside ‘backer on Scout.com. 

• LB Jackson Kaufusi: Another outside ‘backer headed to Pullman this weekend. Out of Salt Lake City, Kaufusi is listed at 6-1, 200-pounds and has other offers from Cal, Utah, BYU, Utah State and others. On Saturday, Kaufusi said that prior to the dead period, he and WSU had been speaking quite frequently and that he’s very excited for this upcoming trip. 

• OT Logan Tuley-Tillman: The Michigan transfer, who is expected to graduate this spring, has been waiting for this visit for quite some time. He and WSU area recruiter and outside linebackers’ coach Roy Manning have a previous relationship at UM. We’ve written about Tuley-Tillman recently. Get caught up on the 6-7, 300-pound tackle here

COMMITTED PROSPECTS

• Quick update: LB Derek Moore, originally scheduled to visit this weekend, will now be taking his official visit to WSU on Jan. 22

• OL Joshua Watson: The in-state offensive guard committed to WSU in late June. Watson, a 6-5, 270-pounder who has great hips, picked WSU over offers from Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada and others. 

• WR Renard Bell: Ranked three stars by Scout, Bell gave the WSU coaches his verbal in May. Bell, a 5-10, 160-pound inside WR has a lot of speed and chose WSU over offers from Boise State, Fresno State, SDSU, UNLV and others.

• OT Jaelen Lewis: Lewis, ranked three stars, is one of the bigger bodies in the class, checking in at 6-6, 270-pounds. The California native picked WSU on Nov. 19 over offers from Utah State, Fresno State, Idaho, UNLV and others.

• RB Romello Harris: The prep yardage machine will be taking his visit to the Palouse this weekend, a little over one month after verbally committing. Harris (5-10, 175) chose WSU over Nevada, Fresno State, Duke, Colorado State and many others. 

• LB Jihad Woods: The three-star LB was the first member of the 2016 class to give the WSU coaches his commitment. Woods, a chiseled 5-11, 215-pounder, chose WSU over an offer from San Jose State. 

• LB Mason Vinyard: Ranked a three-star tight end by Scout, Vinyard will be lining up on the opposite side of the ball in college. The future outside linebacker, who chose WSU over San Jose State and San Diego State, checks in at 6-4, 220-pounds on Scout.com.


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