Tentatively, the Cougs are looking at a signing class of 21-22 for next February, Emerick said.
But as Emerick notes, it's early. Last year around this time, the projected number was 22 -- and the Cougars ended up signing 25 and still have room to add one more scholie player before the start of fall camp. So before it's all said and done the 2018 number can (and probably will) climb with customary attrition.
Here’s how it breaks down by position:
Prospects classified at tackle by Scout.com dominate here, accounting for 11 of the 12 known WSU offers. The lone state of Washington product is Matthew Cindric out of Sammamish’s Skyline High. California leads the way with six offered prospects but there are five other states represented in WA, OK, TN, TX and AZ (2).
WSU has three known offers out to uncommitted prospects: Brevin White (6-2, 185); Colson Yankoff (6-3, 200) and Camm Cooper (6-4, 185). For more on Cougar QB recruiting and INCYMI, click here.
WSU has three known offers out with Las Vegas’ Kirby Bennett and Chris Brown out of Oceanside, Calif., both members of the Scout 300. Three-star prospect Kenyon Sims (pictured above) out of San Diego just recently picked up a WSU offer.
Washington State is casting a wide early net here with 28 offers out to uncommitted WR prospects, far and away its most to any one position group. California unsurprisingly leads the way with 15 prospects offered but nine states total are represented including Texas (5) and Florida (2). Spokane’s Devin Culp, a one-time Oregon pledge, is the lone state of Washington offeree.
With Washington State d-line recruiting now focused on quick, athletic, 270-280-pound DL types, 9 of the 10 known WSU offers are out to prospects classified by Scout.com as defensive ends. Note: WSU also has two offers out to recruits classified as tight ends, with both in the 6-4, 220-pound range.
There are 10 LBs with known WSU offers, including Sumner 4-star prospect Ben Wilson, one of four in-state products overall with a Cougar offer.
WSU has nine known offers out to prospects classified as corners or safeties. But there are 11 offers out to prospects classified as ATH, who could be DBs (or WRs or LBs) at the next level. Included on that list is Tariq Bracy, who hails from the same hometown as WSU assistant coach Jim Mastro (Milpitas, Calif.) as well as Treshaun Harrison out of Seattle’s Garfield High.