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Recruiting: Breaking down WSU class by position, plus some of the Cougar targets with Signing Day coming up fast

WASHINGTON STATE HAS 24 known commitments in a 2017 recruiting class that CF.C projects will number 26. But if you think the Cougs are just about done, think again.

There are still some big WSU targets out there -- and if Mike Leach and Co. land a few, some on the current list may in turn delay enrollment.  Other schools are also trying to pry loose some of WSU's pledges and will continue to do so right up until Feb. 1. The following does not include every WSU target and/or offeree.

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. They'll make it work numbers-wise.

QB: 1-2
Commit: Connor Neville
WSU has long looked at the possibility of taking two QBs this class. But the guess here is the Cougs stick with Neville an intriguing walk on in John Bledsoe, Drew’s son. One recent reason: the official Cougar Football twitter account recently began following QB Matt McDonald out of Mission Viejo.  But McDonald told CF.C a few minutes ago the Cougs extended a preferred walk on invitation this past weekend.  (By the way, Boston College subsequently put a scholie offer on the table and McDonald will trip to BC this weekend.  McDonald is an interesting prospect, he missed almost all of his junior year to injury so he didn’t have that all-important junior tape to send out). But the fact WSU didn’t offer McDonald, with only a few days left before Signing Day, could indicate Leach will sign one QB this class. (Of course now that we’ve said that, expect a 5-star QB to go crimson within minutes).  WSU made a run at Chase Garbers after Cal fired Sonny Dykes but all indications have been Garbers will stick with Cal.

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

WR: 4-5
Commits: Easop Winston, Anthony White Jr., Davontavean Martin.
Winston and White Jr., are already enrolled and taking classes.  Martin just hooped on board this weekend. But WSU isn’t done here, not by a long shot.  Among those Washington State looks to be continuing to pursue are these eight: Braylon Sanders, Isaac Zico (pictured above), Bryan Thompson, Reggie Roberson, Jamire Calvin, Michael Onyemaobi, Jeremiah Hawkins, Travell Harris.  Some have been active on Twitter, but trying to get a good feel on where any of the eight are leaning has been difficult and they’ve been even harder to get on the phone. At least one of them intends to announce on Signing Day.
https://twitter.com/M_Onyemaobi/status/823713425037533184
The guess here is Bruce Judson may no longer be on the WSU radar and Jordan Pouncey also appears headed elsewhere. But this has been a wild year in wide receiver recruiting, and we wouldn’t be surprised if there are more unexpected turns around the corner.

OL: 5-6
Commits: Dontae Powell, Robert Valencia, Abraham Lucas, Alec Kuzmack.
Washington State looked to be in solid shape before Quazzel White decommitted after TCU put a late offer on the table. Whether the Tacoma OL reverses course and ultimately signs with the Cougs is anybody’s guess. Lucas has expressed some interest in the late offer from Cal but he didn't take an official visit to Cal this past weekend, instead playing host Sunday to WSU. Still, it's obviously something that bears watching through Feb. 1.  That Cal offer to Lucas by the way is most certainly due to the long arm of Beau Baldwin, the former longtime EWU coach who is now Cal’s offensive coordinator.  It would figure that Cal will now go after more Evergreen State products with Baldwin in Berkeley, both down the road and for the remaining days in the 2017 cycle.  Four o-linemen is still a pretty good haul for most schools but Leach likes to take five or more every year. Mo Unutoa would be a big get for the Cougs if they pull it off, with Joe Salave’a now in Eugene. So would Jaxson Kirkland, who raved about his WSU visit this past weekend.  But with Kirkland, both Oregon and UW have put late scholie offers on the table, plus he remains a soft verbal to UCLA. And another intriguing OT prospect, Arizona’s Jonathan Nathaniel, trips to WSU this weekend with the Cougs looking like the favorite in the clubhouse.

DT: 1-2
Commits: Zero
Miki Suguturaga is likely to decide between WSU and Utah, with the Hawaii product taking an official visit to Utah this weekend. With Salave’a leaving and Suguturaga having a cousin on the Utah roster, the Utes might have a slight edge -- though Suguturaga has consistently expressed high interest since his WSU official visit on Jan. 13.  He just did so again yesterday.
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News on other DT-types has been hard to come by this recruiting cycle. Whether new DL coach Jeff Phelps might have a few late-stage steak eaters up his sleeve remains to be seen.

DE/RUSH: 5
Commits: Will Rodgers, Kelle Sanders, Dallas Hobbs, Preston Hendry, Christian Mejia.
Out with Joe Tryon, Aisa Kelemete and B.J. Thompson -- and in with Will Rodgers, Dallas Hobbs and Christian Mejia. The names have changed on the DE/RUSH commit list but the Cougs have stacked up on 'em this class and, barring any further surprises, look to be done here. Ben Moos is back on the market after decommitting from Utah but the son of Bill Moos appeared to want to stretch his wings after growing up in Pullman.  Meanwhile, Sanders is another long DE-type with loads of potential and we’ve been hearing he’s being pursued by other schools but we haven’t been able to connect with Sanders yet to get the full story. Stay tuned. Hendry, meanwhile, is the No. 54 overall rated junior college prospect on Scout.com. 

LB: 2-3
Commits: Willie Taylor, Faavae Faavae, Cole Dubots
The Cougs just picked up Taylor out Georgia and could be done here.  Anthony Pandy jumped on and off the WSU radar quickly but it remains to be seen who he visits this weekend. Michael Owusu appears to be leaning towards USC. Mike Leach was at Madison High and Central Catholic in Oregon this week – is he making a play for LB Daniel Green? WR Isaia Mullen?  WR Trey Davis? Or just sowing some seeds with the coaching staffs for the 2018 class?

SAFETY/NICKEL: 2-3
Commits: Josh Talbott, Damion Lee, Dominick Silvels
The Cougs could  be done here barring something unexpected.  Silvels is listed as a WR but he’ll play on defense at WSU, but whether that’s safety, nickel or possibly even linebacker remains to be seen. Talbott is one of the top safety prospects in the West, says Scout.com analyst Greg Biggins and Lee, who tripped to WSU last weekend, is faster than he gets credit for on the gridiron.

CB: 4
Zaire Webb, George Hicks, Sean Harper, Isaiah Love
The Cougs may also be done here. 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.


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