Members of the 2016 class began arriving en masse on campus this past weekend. Some like WR Dezmon Patmon (pictured above) arrived early on Saturday. Others like LB Chima Onyeukwu were getting into town Monday morning.
The freshmen start class at WSU on Wednesday as part of Alive!, the school’s summer bridge program. Junior college players start classes today.
Sources tell CF.C the only one WSU is waiting on from the class is LB Suli Tamaivena who is finishing up some academic work. It is unknown how close he is to completion or when he will arrive on campus. Fall camp starts in August.
WSU looks to be ahead of last year’s pace on the early arrivals. Last summer, two from the 2015 class, RB James Williams and WR Kirkland Parker, didn’t arrive in time for the summer school session, instead getting to WSU in late July ahead of fall camp. Three others failed to qualify (DT Thomas Toki, OL Joseph Price and DB Sean Harper).
By bringing in its class early in June, WSU rookies get a head start on schoolwork and because they are enrolled, they can join the football program and participate in voluntary summer workouts.
Four Cougars from the class arrived in January: WR Isaiah Johnson, QB/ATH Justus Rogers, CB Jalen Thompson and DE Garrett McBroom.
WSU has five JUCOs in the class: QB Anthony Gordon, Tamaivena, McBroom, Onyeukwu and safety Robert Taylor.