What a wild ride: WSU signing class notes

WASHINGTON STATE nabbed a wide receiver just after 4 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday, and eight hours later scored big again with a 4-star wideout. Those were just two of the storylines on a wild 2017 Signing Day for the Cougs.

And WSU's 2017 class is not done yet.  But first, let’s talk about some of the new Cougs who are in.

Jamire Calvin (pictured above at his Signing Day ceremony) out of Los Angeles was the big news of the day. WSU won a hard-fought battle over Nebraska and loads of other Pac-12 and Power 5 schools for the 300 recruit.

A final in-home before the quiet period by inside receivers coach Derek Sage, area recruiter Roy Manning and outside WRs coach Dave Nichol spelled the difference.

Before that meeting, Calvin was committed to Nebraska. But after the in-home with Calvin and his mom, he was Wazzu-bound. And he stayed that way until he announced his decision today at 12:15 in the Cathedral High gym: click here.

Calvin's addition upped the WSU class to No. 39 nationally as of 1 pm (No. 8 in the Pac-12), but it wasn’t the only big WR news for the Cougs. Wazzu won another recruiting battle earlier when 3-star WR Travell Harris out of Florida went crimson first thing Wednesday.  The two Signing Day adds give WSU a robust five-man WR class: Easop Winston, Anthony White Jr., Davontavean Martin, Harris and Calvin.  Winston and White Jr. are already enrolled and will take part in spring ball.

Plus, confirmed earlier that Kyrin Priester is back with the team and running with the Cougs in Midnight Maneuvers, the two-week winter conditioning circuit. And also, C.J. Dimry has been granted a sixth year of eligibility.

Meanwhile, the watchword of the day on defense: Speed.  

Recruiting coordinator Dave Emerick echoed defensive coordinator Alex Grinch’s comments on the Cougar Radio Network earlier in the day: While the Cougs will still look for the bigger DL bodies, they don’t want to sacrifice speed and athleticism. As such, long recruits with room to put on poundage, such as Dallas Hobbs and Will Rodgers, project to grow into that 280-pound range Grinch referred to on the broadcast.

Meanwhile, the Cougars listed four o-linemen signings in Robert Valencia, Abraham Lucas, Alec Kuzmack and Jonathan Nathaniel. Valencia figures to contend for immediate playing time and is already enrolled. Kuzmack is a big body at 6-5, 295 while Lucas and Nathaniel are rangy and athletic with frames that can add plenty of weight and muscle, a la Andre Dillard, for example.

WSU appears to be done for the day - WSU SID sent out its customary signing day release. But it isn’t done yet with this class, with Emerick telling CF.C members the Cougs will continue to recruit through the spring – the signing period lasts until April 1. Emerick said the extended recruiting efforts could encompass evaluating the academic progress of certain prospects and/or in finding other targets that can help the Cougs win. The only two expected signees who had not been announced by WSU as of early afternoon were Richland OL Dontae Powell and Lacey DE Kelle Sanders. The Cougs listed 25 commits heading into Mike Leach's 2 p.m. press conference, with room to take 26 this cycle.

And oh by the way, the Cougs also landed a 4-star quarterback in longtime pledge Connor Neville.

That it took this long to mention the QB of the class -- and a 4-star one at that -- tells you just how many wild, intriguing storylines unfolded on Wednesday at Washington State.


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