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WSU recruiting news and notes

NEW WASHINGTON STATE OFFERS, both for the current recruiting class and beyond, have been popping up on Twitter the last 48 hours. Heck, even Ernie Kent is getting into the act.

Note: Renton's Joe Tryon decommitted from WSU on Friday and flipped to UW. See CF.C front page story for more.

And by the way, Oregon officially announced the hiring of Joe Salave'a as its d-line coach and it was a windfall for Salave'a. Per the Oregonian, he signed a three-year contact that pays him $550,000 per year, up from $400,00 he was set to make at WSU in 2017 from his previous contract. He will have the same roles at Oregon as at WSU: D-line coach and assistant head coach. The salary makes Salave'a one of the highest paid DL coaches in the country.

Meanwhile, DE Dallas Hobbs (6-5, 240) spent this past season at a prep school before committing to UConn. WSU offered him on Thursday.

Another defensive end prospect, a sophomore, was also offered by the Cougs. The offer to 2019 DE Stephon Wright out of Cathedral High in Los Angeles was his first.  Color Scout.com national analyst Greg Biggins intrigued.

Also, Ernie Kent has offered 2017 junior college forward James Sosinski, a 6-8, 240-pound former prep quarterback in Arizona.  He's now playing his wares on the hardcourt for South Mountain CC in Phoenix.  He averaged 25 points and 10.5 rebounds his past two games.

A trio of prospects from the 2018 and 2019 classes are also hearing from the Cougs, Scout.com’s Brandon Huffman reports. Click here.

Meanwhile, Reggie Roberson (pictured above) is among the double-digit visitors this weekend to Washington State and he announced his top six on Thursday: WSU, Utah, Oregon State, West Virginia, Kansas and Illinois.

The Cougs are also battling West Virginia for another wideout target: JUCO receiver Isaac Zico.  He released his top 5 on Thursday: Wazzu, WVU, Purdue, WKU and FAU and is visiting  Purdue this weekend. He messaged CF.C on Friday morning that he’ll trip to WVU on Jan. 27 -- and take his official visit to Washington State on Jan. 20.

Skyline LB Alex Diegel has been extended a preferred walk on invitation by WSU. He’s a big fan of another Skyline product, Cougar middle linebacker Peyton Pelluer. Now he might line up with him this August if he does choose to walk on at Wazzu.

Cougar nose tackle Robert Barber, who graduated from WSU last month, puts on his Cougar helmet one last time Sunday in the Tropical Bowl (no live TV) in front of NFL scouts.

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