Tucked into an Arizona Daily Star article on Signing Day was this nugget:
“According to research by Matt Dudek, the UA’s general manager/director of player personnel, 757 players had decommitted from Division I schools as of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday – about 23 percent of the entire class.”
Twenty-three percent. Wow. INCYMI, Luxury Suites columnist Josh Davis did this breakdown of WSU decommitments over the course of the 2017 recruiting cycle and who ultimately signed at those spots, click here.
THE FINAL three weeks in January have also taken on rapidly growing importance when it comes to signings. Consider the case of Eugene o-lineman Cody Shear. All of the recruiting work Arizona put in over months and months was rendered moot over the space of a couple hours.
Shear verballed to Arizona way back in July over WSU and others. The Cougs convinced Shear to come on an official visit the final visit weekend and while sources told CF.C he was close to going crimson, he ultimately stuck with Arizona. But then the hometown school, Oregon, put an offer on the table between 5:30 and 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Shear announced via Twitter, at 8:02 a.m. Arizona time, he was signing with the Ducks. That’s an extreme example. But it speaks volumes about the volatility of verbal pledges and how nothing is for certain until they sign.
BILL MOOS, Jason Gesser and recruiting coordinator Dave Emerick on the radio Monday had a lot to say on the WSU recruiting class (Moos also casually mentioned something regarding Cougar basketball that caused us to sit up and take notice, we’ll have that in a separate article).
Moos was thrilled at WSU’s signing haul at wide receiver (Jamire Calvin, Davontavean Martin, Easop Winston, Travell Harris, Anthony White Jr.).
“Gabe Marks and River Cracraft set the bar, and their passion for the game and knowledge of the offense and their competitive nature. But you break them down into speed and hand size and all of that, very mediocre. We have the skill set and the talent like in our receiver corps that we’ve never had before top to bottom ... I think our whole talent level at that position has moved up,” said Moos.
WITH THE Super Bowl still fresh on the minds of many, Gesser likened Luke Falk to Tom Brady in terms of makeup, mannerisms, work ethic and more.
“We have a Tom Brady in the making here at WSU,” said Gesser.
EMERICK SAID it’s always a huge priority to recruit speed and if there’s a choice to be made, the Cougs will opt for speed/athleticism over size.
“We certainly got a whole lot faster as a team with Signing Day,” said Emerick.
GESSER TABBED five youthful players as one to watch in spring ball: LB Jahad Woods, WRs Renard Bell, Grant Porter and Dezmon Patmon and DB Sean Harper, whom Gesser thinks will line up in the nickel or safety spot.
EMERICK SAID the WSU coaches are off to “a great start” on the 2018 class working on nearby states like Washington and California and will expand from there in the coming weeks.
GESSER PRESSED Emerick to select one guy in the class, and only one, for fans to keep an eye out for. Emerick stressed that he could make a case for any of the signees but eventually mentioned Martin, calling him a freakish athlete.
THE SPRING GAME will again be held at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane. The game is set for Saturday, April 22,
“The turnouts have been great,” said Moos.
2018 PROSPECTS WITH WSU OFFERS (updated regularly)