The latest on WSU’s 2 recruiting class wildcards: Richland's Dontae Powell talks to CF.C, WSU also still waiting on Lacey's Kelle Sanders

SIGNING DAY WAS two-plus months ago but Washington State still has one spot open in its 2017 signing class. What are the chances it will be filled by Richland 4-star o-tackle Dontae Powell? CF.C talked to the 6-6, 305-pounder for the latest.

“I took the SAT about a month ago and the scores still aren’t out yet. I just took the ACT this last Saturday. The SAT score comes out the 13th and the ACT should be out next week … it felt good coming out of the SAT but I felt way better about the ACT,” said Dontae Powell.

Powell said he’s been staying in regular contact with Cougar o-line coach Clay McGuire

Powell feels like he's going to qualify and be in fall camp with the Cougs.  At the same time, Powell said he and McGuire have talked about a backup plan if he doesn’t qualify in time to join the program this summer.

“The plan (is) we need to figure out my classes because I need to go through the Clearinghouse still and then we can go from there,” said Powell. “What we talked about (last time) was the plan, what’s the next step and how are we going to do it.  My gut feeling is yeah, in the end, it’s going to come together.

“But if it doesn’t, I do have a backup route. The backup route is either San Francisco City College or Arizona Western.”

WSU has four players on its spring roster from CCSF: safety Robert Taylor, QB Anthony Gordon, OL Robert Valencia and WR Easop Winston.

The final day of the signing period was April 1, so if Powell were to come on board he would likely sign a financial aid agreement at some point before beginning classes at WSU.  

“I’ve been talking with (WSU) really steady -- they want me up there and I want to be up there,” said Powell.

WSU is also waiting on another potential member of the 2017 class  to make enough academic progress to join the program – DE Kelle Sanders (6-5, 230) out of Lacey’s River Ridge High.

CF.C has been unable to reach Sanders but a prep source tells CF.C Sanders continues to grind away on his academics, terming his prospects at qualification “a long shot but still certainly possible.”

So where do we go from here? 

It remains a waiting game.  The take from this chair is if/when Washington State feels confident enough that either Powell or Sanders will qualify, they’ll sign him to an FAA in short order.  The fact WSU didn’t sign either to letter of intent before the signing period ended on April 1 would seemingly indicate Powell or Sanders coming on board before fall camp is probably a long shot – possible, but still a long shot.

And if WSU does not ultimately sign either to an FAA? As recruiting coordinator Dave Emerick told CF.C members in a Signing Day chat session; "We will continue to recruit throughout the spring and see if there is anyone that makes sense for us.  This may be evaluating the academic progress of certain individuals, or finding new prospects that might be able to help us win games," said Emerick. 

So if the Cougs bring in someone other than Powell or Sanders between now and fall camp and put him on scholie, who might that be? 

That’s a great question -- probably the best prospect available at this stage of the game, and regardless of position.

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