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Five Cougs from the 2017 class get early start in classroom and in football program, is No. 6 on the way?

THEY ARE future Cougars no more, you can just call them Cougars. Five in Mike Leach’s 2017 recruiting class attended classes at WSU on Monday, getting an early jump in the classroom and with an eye toward 15 spring football practices out on the Palouse. But what about a sixth Coug, one who was looking to graduate high school early and also start his college career this month at Wazzu?

Corner Zaire Webb told CF.C he still plans to arrive at WSU soon, maybe as soon as today.

“There was a slight administrate issue mix-up over the winter break, which caused a slight delay. I’ve been working really hard to finish that course. Now, I'm just waiting on my last course to reflect on my transcripts before heading to Pullman mid-week. I'm very excited to get to campus and begin the learning process,” Webb told CF.C.

Webb would join cornerbacks Sean Harper and Isaiah Love, offensive lineman Robert Valencia (picture above with Clay McGuire and Jim Mastro) and wide receivers Anthony White Jr. and Easop Winston. All five attended classes on Monday, WSU earlier said in a release.

Love (6-0, 170) was a member of Mike Leach's 2016 signing class but effectively delayed enrollment. He missed almost his entire 2015 senior season following a car accident. Out of West Covina, Calif., he was rated 3 stars by Scout.com and the No. 16 cornerback in the West despite missing virtually all of that senior campaign, signifying how strongly national analyst Greg Biggins felt about his skills set and potential. As a junior, Love posted 28 tackles and one interception, rushed for 341 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 21 passes for 375 yards and four TDs.
 
Valencia (6-5, 300) signed with WSU in December as a midyear junior college transfer. He played the past two seasons at City College of San Francisco. As a sophomore, Valencia was named to Northern California National Division All-Bay 6 League First Team. The Daly, Calif. native is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 18 overall junior college prospect by Scout.com. He has 2-to-play-2 and was junior college teammates with Cougars Anthony Gordon and Robert Taylor, as well as the next name on the list.

Winston (5-11, 170) played the last two seasons with Valencia at CCSF and also earned first team all-league honors after a season that saw him rack up 71 receptions for 1,171 yards and 12 touchdowns, leading the CCAA in receiving yards and yards per game (106.5). He was second in touchdown catches. Winston was a model of consistency his two JUCO seasons, with career numbers of 133 receptions for 2,157 yards with 24 TDs. He has 3-to-play-2.

White (6-0, 165) attended Miami Central High in Miami, Fla. He’s a crisp route runner who does a nice job of providing a target and settling down in the holes of zones, says Scout.com in its evaluation of White. “This lanky athlete does the majority of his damage underneath, but is certainly capable of stretching defenses for large chunks of yards. White is more successful than not when performing a double-move to free up space down the field,” says Scout.com. He is rated the No. 6 ATH in Florida by Scout.com.

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