Recruiting: Updating WSU 2017 class needs

WASHINGTON STATE has early balance in its recruiting class, with a good smattering of linemen and position players alike. Here is CF.C's projection for the Washington State recruiting class of 2017, broken down by position.

1-2 QB
Verbal: Connor Neville
Signing two quarterbacks is rare but based on what QB prospects have told CF.C this recruiting cycle, if the Cougs can get two top-notch QBs to embrace the competition, they’ll do it.  WSU head man Mike Leach offered more QBs this recruiting cycle than he usually does -- 5-6 is customary and Leach doubled that number by the spring.   WSU has three scholarship QBs for 2016 with fourth-year junior Luke Falk, second-year freshman Tyler Hilinski and second-year sophomore Anthony Gordon. True freshman Justus Rogers is listed as a QB/ATH. Third-year sophomore Peyton Bender is sitting out this season to focus on his academics.

1 RB
Verbal: Cyrus Habibi-Likio
As a junior, the 6-1, 200-pounder often made the first man miss in rushing for 1,438 yards and 17 touchdowns. He added 166 yards receiving and two additional scores.

4 WR
Verbals: Isaiah Hodgins, Tyquez Hampton (pictured above)
Since he pledged WSU, Hodgins has seen his rating climb to four stars and received an offer from Oregon, but he seems more solid than ever to WSU. Hampton is a physical plant-and-go vertical threat out of Texas.  Washington State has five other known offers out to uncommitted wide receiver prospects, with more undoubtedly on the way.

4-5 OL
Verbal: Dontae Powell, George Moore
Powell, a 4-star offensive tackle prospect out of Richland, was a big get for Wazzu and other schools will undoubtedly try to pry him away before February. Hicks will come to WSU as a 3-for-3 player with length and a high ceiling. Eugene OL Cody Shear is deciding between WSU, OSU and Arizona with his decision expected on July 5.  Prospects classified at tackle dominate WSU’s o-lineman offers. Of the 19 known WSU scholie offers out to uncommitted o-line prospects, 16 are to players classified as offensive tackles on

3-4 DL
Verbal: Lamont McDougle
Cougfans were thrilled to see McDougle climb on board after WSU didn’t sign a defensive tackle this past class. The three-star DT out of Florida is versatile enough to play at different spots up front and there’s a strong family connection, with his dad playing for Leach when the WSU head man was at Oklahoma. The Cougs have only one other known offer out to an uncommitted DT prospect, Arkansas’ Akial Byers, and nine out to DEs.  Note: WSU also has two offers out to recruits classified as tight ends.

3-4 LB
Verbals: None

This is the one spot not yet represented on the WSU commit list. There are 10 uncommitted LBs with known WSU offers and one to keep an eye on is Hawaii’s Feleti Afemui. He’s listed at 6-2, 215 pounds and might be more like 6-3, 225. He has surprising speed for his size and is an exceptional student.

2-3 DB
Verbals: Tayari Venable, George Hicks
Venable out of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., verbally committed to WSU one year ago today. More recently, he was quoted as saying he was open to other schools and hoping to earn an offer from Cal. Hicks “can play press or off, breaks very well on the ball and gets his hands on a ton of footballs,” says’s Greg Biggins. After emphasizing corners and safeties in previous classes and seeing them develop, WSU does not have as big of need for defensive backs this cycle. Still, WSU extended a lot of early offers to DBs -- six known to uncommitted safeties and 15 to corners.

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