We'd say months of hard work paid off for WSU last week, but that'd be a mistake. The Cougar coaches had been hard at work on the 2017 class far longer than that, recruiting many in the class stretching back to 2015.
It was a strenuous, determined group effort in landing every single recruit. Washington State uses a group recruiting effort, so it's never just about one assistant coach. The future position coach is ALWAYS going to be greatly involved, and integral, to securing the commitment. That said, each WSU assistant coach was a point man over the course of the recruiting cycle -- the area recruiter. Here's how we broke it down.
Wide receiver Jamire Calvin: Roy Manning
Wide receiver Travell Harris: Derek Sage
Note on Harris: The Florida native was one of the Wednesday surprises for Cougar fans. Both he and Jamire Calvin were big gets for the Cougar coaches and the 2017 WR crop. On Harris in particular, I've watched his highlight tape probably 3-4 times since last week. One thing that stood out to me was how elusive he is with the ball in his hands. He is a speedster, but he's also got great instincts and knows how to balance his speed with sweet moves. My early take is he can be a big-time player in Leach's Air Raid offense.
Linebacker Willie Taylor: Grinch (Manning also key)
Offensive lineman Jonathan Nathaniel: Clay McGuire
Linebacker Will Rodgers III: Manning
Defensive end Dallas Hobbs: Grinch (Sage also key)
Wide receiver Davontavean Martin: Sage
Defensive back Dominick Silvels: Alex Grinch
Defensive end Christian Mejia: Group effort after WSU d-line coach Joe Salave'a's departure
Running back Caleb Perry: Eric Mele
Offensive lineman Robert Valencia: Jim Mastro (McGuire also key)
Wide receiver Easop Winston: Mastro (Dave Nichol also key)
Defensive back Sean Harper: Grinch
Defensive end Preston Hendry: Dave Nichol
Linebacker Cole Dubots: Ken Wilson
Linebacker Faavae Faavae: Nichol (Wilson also key)
Defensive back Josh Talbott: Manning
Defensive back Damion Lee: Wilson
Offensive lineman Abraham Lucas (pictured above): Mele
Wide receiver Anthony White Jr.: Nichol
Defensive back Zaire Webb: Wilson
Offensive lineman Alec Kuzmack: Nichol
Defensive back George Hicks: Wilson
Quarterback Connor Neville: Mele
Defensive back Isaiah Love: Wilson (2016 signee)
* WSU as of press time has not announced the signings of two more potential members of the class: defensive end Kelle Sanders and offensive lineman Dontae Powell. The area recruiters are Mele and Nichol, respectively.
* In case you missed it last night on Twitter, Manning was recruiting during the incredible Super Bowl contest between the Patriots and Falcons, delivering a special message to WR targets.
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