4. Shalom Luani
The former 4-star JUCO transfer has quick feet, leading to his being named honorable mention All-Pac-12 in his debut season with WSU. Luani (6-0, 198) was as advertised and more in 2015, posting 90 tackles with three interceptions. Beyond the numbers, what made Luani stand out was how he learned from his mistakes in his rookie Pac-12 season, rarely repeating them again. That, and he’s of the same caliber as Deone Bucannon when it comes to hard hitting safeties.
3. Riley Sorenson
Mike Leach made the point after Midnight Maneuvers that the 6-4, 327-pounder won’t always leap off the page when it comes to testing – but he shines when the pads come on. He missed two games last year and in both, opponents exploited the A-gap in ways they were unable to in the other two games. Sorenson this offseason has already had to face levels of adversity few will know: the loss of both parents less than five months apart. Sorenson has never redshirted at WSU. He was named Pac-12 honorable mention in ’15.