WSU coaches scatter after bowl game, but recruiting never stops

WASHINGTON STATE coaches and players scattered after the bowl game on Tuesday – they won’t be all back on campus until after the New Year. But that doesn’t mean the Cougar coaches have hit the pause button when it comes to recruiting.

College football is in the middle of a month-long recruiting “dead period” and the final in-home visitation recruiting period before Signing Day doesn't kick off until Jan. 12.  But text messages, direct messaging on social media, email and letters are allowed.

So are phone calls. Recruits can pick up the phone and talk with a coach 24/7, 365 days a year.  But even in a dead period coaches can initiate one phone call once a week.  A coach can also, for example, text a recruit "Call me." So there will be plenty of recruiting still going on at WSU between now and when the contact period opens. Meanwhile ...

If the last five years are any indication under Mike Leach, some WSU coaches will be back on campus on or before Jan. 9.  Others will instead first head to the AFCA coaches convention (Jan. 8-11). 

All of the WSU coaches are likely to be on the road recruiting Jan. 12 but it will be a quick trip.   The first of three final recruiting visit weekends at Wazzu kicks off Jan. 13.

THE FIRST DAY of classes for the spring semester at Washington State is also Jan. 9.   A healthy influx of five new Cougars, and possibly as many as six, are expected to join their new Cougar teammates on campus and in the classroom.

Five look to be virtual locks: JUCO transfers CB Sean Harper, OT Robert Valencia and WR Easop Winston all signed with WSU on the first day of the midyear signing period on Dec. 16.  Prep WR Anthony White Jr. and former 2016 CB signee Isaiah Love have signed financial aid agreements with Washington State.

It’s also possible CB Zaire Webb could enroll at WSU early in January if he can wrap up on final academic requirement and graduate high school early. 

WSU is expected to sign 26 this class -- the max is usually 25.

The Cougars this recruiting cycle are allowed under NCAA rules to count one midyear signee back towards the previous class, WSU earlier confirmed to CF.C, because it took 24 in the previous class (2016 signee LB Suli Tamaivena ultimately didn’t make it in).

Signing Day is Feb. 1.

WSU 2017 recruiting class

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