New WSU inside WRs coach JaMarcus Shephard with early recruiting impact

NEW WASHINGTON STATE inside receivers coach JaMarcus Shephard, confirmed as coming to WSU by Western Kentucky to multiple media outlets on Monday, is already having a recruiting impact for the Cougs. A 4-star wide receiver whom Shephard has been recruiting this cycle has been added to the list for Wazzu's final official visit weekend.

One of Shephard's recruiting territories at WKU was Florida.  CF.C's Braulio Perez will have more on Darnell Salomon (6-2, 205) out of Miami in the coming days, but Salomon confirmed to CF.C through instant messaging two things: 1) Shephard has long been recruiting him and 2) that he'll be in Pullman on Jan. 29.

Salomon, out of Miami Central High, was once ranked the No. 3 WR nationally and a member of the Scout 100. He was still a member of the Scout 300 as late as the end of November. He had offers from more than 20 schools this recruiting cycle and was being heavily courted by Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Oregon and more.

Salomon remains a 4-star prospect but has slid to the No. 54 wide receiver prospect nationally on He plead guilty this past June to a first degree burglary charge stemming from a July 2014 incident while on an unofficial visit to Georgia, where he was accused of entering an unlocked dorm room and taking a cell phone and wallet. Salomon told he sent then-Georgia head coach Mark Richt a handwritten apology “about how sorry I was and how I showed bad character," and that he would never do something like that again.

Salomon had a good season his senior year at Miami Central High, but maybe not what was expected for someone generally considered one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country, with 32 catches for 527 yards and eight touchdowns.  He verbally committed to South Florida on Nov. 30.

Still, he remains a 4-star wide receiver prospect for a reason.

Mike Leach has six known verbal commitments from players listed as wideouts on, with CF.C projecting the Cougs will sign 4-5 receivers.

If Salomon were to come on board, it would likely mean 2-3 of the group would delay enrollment and/or could line up elsewhere. 

Meanwhile, Washington State has not officially announced Shephard's addition to the staff but WKU confirmed the move to Zach Greenwell, WKU beat writer and assistant sports editor at the Bowling Green Daily News.

It's believed, but still unconfirmed, that Shephard is out on the recruiting trail for the Cougs this week ahead of the penultimate official visit weekend. 

The final three weeks before Signing Day are calamitous with recruiting flips and unexpected coaching movement but things have remained relatively quiet for WSU since the final contact period opened up on Jan. 14.  It's been a different story at some other Pac-12 schools. Oregon, for example, parted ways with a 4-star Florida WR recently, with Eddie McDoom saying he wanted to visit Michigan and the Ducks pulled his scholie offer as a result. The Oregonian reports McDoom was the fourth 4-star decommit in the Duck class of 2016, joining quarterback Seth Green, wide receiver Theo Howard and cornerback Jared Mayden.

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