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WSU Cougar football recruiting: Projecting Washington State's 2017 class numbers by position

HOW MANY RECRUITS will Washington State sign in the 2017 class, and how do the numbers break down position by position? Here’s our latest projection.

Note: WSU has 22 known commitments but if history is any guide, it's still a very fluid situation at this time of year. The following does not include every WSU target and/or offeree. Wazzu, as Bill Moos noted on his radio show this morning, could still land some signees who are currently verbally committed elsewhere. The flip side of that coin is that other schools are trying to pry loose some of WSU's pledges. The next three weeks-plus before Signing Day do not figure to be quiet.

CF.C is projecting the Cougars will sign 26 this class.  As always, if a big-time recruit wants to come to Washington State, the Cougs won’t turn him away regardless of whether they’re full at a certain spot or not.

QB: 1-2
Commit: Connor Neville
WSU has long looked at the possibility of taking two QBs this class but if you would have asked us last Monday, we would have projected they’d sign Neville and call it day. Then Mike Leach offered a New Jersey QB and Syracuse commit in Tommy DeVito according to Twitter (DeVito, who was also offered by Texas A&M, was subsequently reported to be solid to Syracuse).  If the Cougs continue to look that far and wide with less than a month before Signing Day, it argues for keeping eyes peeled all the way until Feb. 1 to see if a second Cougar QB comes on board this class.  Also, with Cal firing Sonny Dykes, don’t forget WSU offered Chase Garbers long ago – he verballed to Cal back in June.  In addition to Neville, Wazzu also has an intriguing walk on coming in this year in John Bledsoe, Drew’s son.

RB: 1
Commit: Caleb Perry
The Cougars look to be done here.  Perry plays at 1A King’s but speed and running back skills show up on tape and Perry has a good one.

WR: 4-5
Commits: Easop Winston, Anthony White Jr.
WSU receiver recruiting figures to be fast and furious between now and Signing Day. New inside receivers coach Derek Sage has hit the ground running, and we project as many as three more wideouts to come on board in addition to Winston and White Jr., both of whom were expected to start classes at WSU today (we're waiting on confirmation from WSU). Among those in the Cougar orbit: Bruce Judson (pictured above) and Reggie Roberson. Judson is a South Florida soft verbal who was at one time committed to Ohio State.  Roberson last week told CF.C he’s building a strong relationship with Sage and the Cougar coaches. Both are scheduled to visit WSU this weekend. JUCO wideout Isaac Zico is ranked the No. 56 overall junior college prospect, with a top 5 list “coming soon” he tweeted Sunday. Longtime Cougar target Bryan Thompson recently decommitted from Boise State, and UCLA just offered him. WSU offered Jordan Pouncey though he released a top 4 on the heels of the crimson offer that didn’t include the Cougs. Travell Harris visits WSU on Jan. 20 and Kevaughn Dingle is yet another Florida wideout to keep an eye on when it comes to the Cougs.  Michael Onyemaobi is another Cal pledge, he officially visited WSU in December, and the Cougs like him at wideout. Jamire Calvin pledged Oregon State this weekend though there may be more to come on him before it becomes official on Signing Day.

OL: 5-6
Commits: Dontae Powell, Robert Valencia, Quazzel White, Abraham Lucas, Alec Kuzmack.
Washington State looks to be in good shape here though there are additional o-line prospects, such as Mo Unutoa who visited in December, they continue to target.  Unutoa has visits to BYU and Utah remaining. 

DT: 1-2
Commits: Zero
Miki Suguturaga and Kurtis Brown are scheduled to take their official visits this weekend to WSU.  Suguturaga appears likely to decide between WSU and Utah while Brown is a verbal pledge to Arizona. Another UA pledge, Austin Faoliu, has seen his stock take off and doesn’t have WSU on his visit list at the moment. Apart from those three, DT recruiting news has been hard to come by. INCYMI, click here 

DE/RUSH: 5
Commits: Joe Tryon, Kelle Sanders, B.J. Thompson, Preston Hendry, Aisa Kelemete.
The Cougs have stacked up on DE/RUSH types this class and look to be done here, barring any surprises. UW and Oregon are trying to pry Tryon loose from WSU, he takes his official visit to Pullman this weekend. With all six Pacific Northwest Cougar verbals expected in town this weekend, it figures to be a good bonding experience.  Kelle Sanders is another long DE-type with loads of potential while Hendry is the No. 54 overall rated junior college prospect on Scout.com.

LB: 2-3
Commits: Faavae Faavae, Cole Dubots
Isaac Slade-Matautia  is one WSU would love to land. The 4-star prospect out of Honolulu visits WSU a week from Friday.  Anthony Pandy has mostly flown under the radar but had a heck of a senior year and was offered by WSU (and Arizona) in mid-December.  WSU looks to have work to do on Levani Damuni but a lot can change in the final stretch run. Michael Owusu is another ‘backer Cougar fans should keep an eye on in the final days leading up to Feb. 1.

SAFETY/NICKEL: 2-3
Commits: Josh Talbott, Damion Lee
The Cougs could  be done here barring something unexpected.  Talbott is one of the top safety prospects in the West, says Scout.com analyst Greg Biggins. Lee has flown under the radar but he’s fast, having run a sub-11.00 in the 100 meters.

CB: 4
Zaire Webb, George Hicks, Sean Harper, Isaiah Love
The Cougs may also be done here though it’s worth keeping an eye out for if Elijah Gates visits in January.  Harper is rated 2 stars but keep an eye on him this spring: Alex Grinch really wanted him, he kept recruiting him after he didn’t qualify as part of the 2015 class. Note: Love is not listed on the 2017 commit list per Scout.com as he's already listed on the Cougs' 2016 listing.

For the WSU commit list, CLICK HERE

Braulio Perez contributed to this report.


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