A GLIMPSE INTO the future of Cougar football unfolded before our eyes today as Mike Leach unveiled his 2016 class of recruits at Washington State. What could be the last of 25 new Cougars has just climbed on board: 3-star Pago Pago offensive lineman Frederick Mauigoa tells CF.C he has sent in his signed letter of intent to Washington State.

Pasted below are a list and bios of the student-athletes projected to be part of WSU's 2016 signing class. As their letters of intent arrive in Pullman, or for those already enrolled at WSU, we'll place a red check (like the one above) next to the name. That way you can easily spot who's in and who's still out. Each name also is hot linked to the player's individual bio page where you'll find stories, height, weight, 40 times and video highlight links.

If there are any Signing Day surprises we'll plug those names in right at the top of the list.


OL Fredrick Mauigoa (6-4, 295); Pago Pago, AS
Ranked the No. 1 overall prospect in American Samoa and the No. 65 offensive guard prospect nationally. Became the first student-athlete from American Samoa to be selected to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Dallas in December. Played for Tafuna High’s Okland Salave’a, the brother of WSU’s Joe Salave’a.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Oregon State, BYU, Hawaii and others

LB Suliasi Tamaivena (6-2, 225); Kirkland, WA
Ranked the No. 58 overall junior college prospect nationally. Out of Mt. San Antonio College, posted 81 tackles (20 tackles-for-loss) with nine sacks. Also broke up seven passes and forced one fumble. Named first-team California Community College All-America, the SCFA National Division Central Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Region III. Here's our story on him and his twin brother from October: CLICK HERE
CHOSE WSU OVER: Oregon State, SJSU, Hawaii and others

DE Lyric Bartley (6-3, 245); Salt Lake City, UT
Ranked the No. 6 defensive end in Utah, 23rd in the West and 153rd nationally. Posted 54 tackles and 11 sacks his senior season, with his average of 1.1 sacks per game tied for fifth-best in the state. Named first-team Region 3 and second-team All-5A by the Desert-News, and second-team All-State by USA Today.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Utah, Purdue, Nevada, Utah State and others

WR Renard Bell (5-10, 160); Los Angeles, CA
Ranked the No. 18 wide receiver in California, 21st in the West and 112th nationally. Posted 54 catches for 945 yards with 12 TDs his senior season. Also averaged 28.1 yards on eight KO returns and posted 30 tackles (15 solo) on defense. Named the co-MVP of the Angelus League, first-team All-League by the LA Times and All-CIF-SS. On the track, turned in a best of 10.89 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.94 in the 200 in 2015.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Boise State, Fresno State, SDSU and others

DE Danny Bender (6-4, 220); El Cajon, CA
Posted 92 tackles and an East County-leading 14 sacks as a senior. He also had eight pass break ups, four forced fumbles and an interception his senior season. Named first-team All-East County, All-CIF Breitbard Media team, All-Grossmont Hills League and Cal-High All-State medium school defense. Rated 2 stars by
CHOSE WSU OVER: SDSU, Nevada, Wyoming and others

OL Nilsson Gaisoa (6-5, 275); Kailua, HI
Helped power Kailua's turnaround to 7-3 from 0-7 the year before. Named first-team Oahu Interscholastic Association Blue Division and Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State third-team. Not yet evaluated/rated by
CHOSE WSU OVER interest from Oregon, Colorado, USU and others.

OL Christian Haangana (6-6, 347); Milpitas, CA
Ranked the No. 7 guard in California, No. 11 in the West and No. 99 nationally. Named Mercury News All-League first-team his senior season, as well as the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division most valuable lineman and Cal-High All-State second-team offense.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Utah, Oregon State and others.

RB Romello Harris (5-10, 175); Tulare, CA
Ranked the No. 7 running back in California, No. 8 in the West and 57th nationally. Became just the second player in Tulare Union High history to rush for over 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. His last two years posted a combined 4,504 ground yards despite shortened senior campaign due to injury. Named Cal-High All-State medium school offense.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Duke, Nevada and others.

WR Isaiah Johnson (6-3, 211); Belle Glade, FL
Enrolled at WSU in January. Ranked the No. 19 wide receiver in Florida, 47th in the South and 114th nationally. Logged 44 receptions for 912 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior this past season. Named first-team All-County and honorable mention All-State. Caught 38 passes for 791 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Auburn, Florida, Miami and others.

WR D'Jimon Jones (6-2, 175); Federal Way, WA
Missed most of the football season with a broken bone in his ankle. Excelled in three sports at Federal Way High: football, basketball and track. Leapt 6-9 in the high jump last year, and placed second at state in the event. Also plays hoops on Federal Way's defending state basketball team. Rated 2 stars by
CHOSE WSU OVER: Montana and others.

OL Keenen King (6-4, 302); Las Vegas, NV
Ranked the No. 1 offensive tackle in Nevada, 10th in the West and No. 67 nationally. Named first-team Nevada All-State and All-Northwest League, and a member of the Tacoma News Tribune Western 100.
CHOSE WSU OVER: ASU, Colorado, Oregon State, Boise State, SDSU and others.

Update: Isaiah Love doesn't look like he'll be signing with WSU today. Here's what Love texted to CF.C's Braulio Perez:

"I will be attending Washington State in August or second semester. It hasn't been decided yet."

CB Isaiah Love (5-11, 165); West Covina, CA
Ranked the No. 15 cornerback in California, No. 16 out West and 94th nationally. Suffered a neck fracture in a car accident this past summer on the way to a 7-on-7 tournament and missed virtually all of his senior campaign, returning for the season finale. Prior to the injury, he held more than 10 offers.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Colorado, Fresno State, San Jose State and others.

DE Garrett McBroom (6-3, 268); Stillwater, OK
Posted 66 tackles with 19 TFL including 10 sacks his sophomore season at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. Earned All-Southwest Junior College Conference second-team honors this past season and has two-to-play-two at Washington State. He is rated two stars by
CHOSE WSU OVER: Purdue, Tulsa and others.

LB Derek Moore (6-1, 220, pictured above); Los Angeles, CA
Ranked the No. 10 outside linebacker in California, 16th in the West and 81st nationally. Defensive statistics were unavailable but Moore was named CIF City Section Division I defensive player of the year for his work at defensive end as a senior.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Nevada, UNLV and others.

LB Chima Onyeukwu (6-3, 220); Los Angeles, CA
Ranked the No. 55 overall junior college prospect nationally. Posted 57 tackles (40 solo) with seven sacks and 11 TFL in 10 games. Named first-team all-Pacific 7 after his sophomore campaign. He has three-to-play-two at WSU.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Fresno State, SDSU, Utah State and others.

WR Dezmon Patmon (6-3, 200); San Diego, CA
Ranked the No. 12 wide receiver in California, 15th in the West and 79th nationally. He only played in seven games his senior season but pulled in 47 receptions for 609 yards with five TDs. In a playoff game this past season, playing on defense, Patmon tied a CIF record with four interceptions.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Cal, Colorado, Boise State and others.

WR Grant Porter (6-0, 175); Upland, CA
Ranked the No. 13 wide receiver in California, 16th our West and No. 84 nationally. Missed most of his senior season with a broken foot. As a junior was one of the fastest players in the region, catching 23 passes for 366 yards. Joins former Upland High alums on WSU roster Tyler Hilinski and Kameron Powell.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Utah, Boise State, Kansas and others.

ATH/QB Justus Rogers (6-2, 220); Bellevue, WA
Enrolled at WSU in January. Ranked the No. 3 ATH in Washington, 23rd in the West and 75th nationally. Quarterbacked his team to the state title game the past two seasons while serving as team captain. As a senior, earned All-KingCo second-team honors after completing 56-of-90 pass attempts for 1,144 yards with 19 touchdowns and one interception. He is expected to get a look this spring at QB, with safety or linebacker other possible positions.
CHOSE WSU OVER interest from ASU, Oregon State, Utah and others.

OL Liam Ryan (6-6, 270); La Verne, CA
Led Damien High's ground game to amass over 2,000 rushing yards, in the process becoming "one of the area’s best smash-mouth running attacks," says the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Named first-team Baseline League as a senior. He is rated two stars by
CHOSE WSU OVER: Nevada, Fresno State, SJSU and others.

CB Marcus Strong (5-11, 160); Rialto, CA
Ranked the No. 21 safety in California, 32nd in the West and 123rd nationally (he figures to get his first look at corner at WSU). Posted 36 tackles (27 solo) with nine pass break ups and an interception in 10 games. He also averaged 34.4 yards on nine KO returns and 19.3 hashes on 10 punt returns. Named first-team All-League and second-team All-Area his senior campaign.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Washington, Oregon State and others.

S Robert Taylor (5-11, 180); Antioch, CA
Posted 43 tackles (28 solo) and picked off five passes this season. Also returned 19 punts for 220 yards (11.6 avg.) with one return for score. Named first-team All-Bay 6 League and has three-to-play-two at WSU. He is rated 2 stars on
CHOSE WSU OVER: Purdue, West Virginia and others.

CB/N Skyler Thomas (5-11, 170); Perris, CA
Ranked the No. 18 safety in California, 28th in West and 117th nationally (he figures to get his first look at corner or nickel). Posted 65 tackles (37 solo) with 8 TFL including 4 sacks his senior season. He broke up 11 passes, forced 3 fumbles and picked off two. Named first team All-League and All-CIF-SS.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Hawaii, Nevada and others.

CB Jalen Thompson (6-0, 170); Downey, CA
Enrolled at WSU in January. Ranked the No. 8 cornerback in California, No. 9 out West and 55th nationally. After picking off five passes and averaging 20.2 ypc on offense, he was named All-CIF, All-San Gabriel Valley League and All-Area Dream Team honors as a senior.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Hawaii, Nevada and others.

RUSH Mason Vinyard (6-4, 220); La Mesa, CA
Ranked the No. 4 tight end in California, No. 8 out West and 48th nationally (he figures to line up at the Rush position). Played in only six games as a senior but was still named All-League honorable mention.

OL Joshua Watson (6-5, 270); Everett, WA
Ranked the No. 1 offensive guard in Washington, No. 12 in the West and 102nd nationally. With huge hands and a big wing span, was named first-team Associated Press 4A All-State, All-Wesco 4A and All-Area, and first-team All-Washington by USA Today. Also competes in swimming and lacrosse.
CHOSE WSU OVER: Boise State, Fresno State and others.

LB Jihad Woods (5-11, 215); La Mesa, CA
Ranked the No. 10 inside linebacker in California, No. 12 in the West and 61st nationally. Posted 58 tackles (18 solo) with 5 1/2 sacks, 4 pass break ups, two INTs, 2 fumble recoveries and one forced fumble his senior season. Named first-team All-League and CIF All-San Diego Section. Teammates with Vinyard at Helix High.
CHOSE WSU OVER: SJSU and others.

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