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Path to WSU for Dontae Powell and Kelle Sanders, two 2017 verbal pledges, takes a detour

TWO MEMBERS of the Cougs’ 2017 recruiting class, who verbally committed to the Cougs but whom Washington State did not sign to letters of intent, will be headed elsewhere this fall.

Dontae Powell, the 4-star offensive line prospect out of Richland, and Kelle Sanders, a 3-star DE from Lacey, were unable to qualify academically and are headed to junior college this fall. 

“It will be American River College in Sacramento,” Powell told CF.C via text. “Coach McGuire/WSU suggested them.”

Sanders, two prep sources with knowledge told CF.C on Thursday, is also going the junior college route. He has not yet picked a school. As with Powell, Washington State is also helping place Sanders, the sources said.

Note: Washington State signed 25 members in its 2017 class.  It had room for 26 -- and still does -- with the ability to count one January enrollee back towards the 2016 numbers.  It is expected WSU will add a new 2017 class member in the weeks to come.

If so, that individual would sign a financial aid agreement and become official after starting classes. Right around this time last year, QB Anthony Gordon signed an FAA with WSU and later began summer school at WSU in late June.  The late summer school session at WSU this year starts June 19.

As recruiting coordinator Dave Emerick back in February 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.

With Powell and Sanders both now headed elsewhere, who might WSU add between now and August's fall camp?

That’s the million dollar question. From this chair, it is likely the best prospect available at this stage, regardless of position.  One possible candidate just surfaced today: WSU is reportedly showing the love to El Camino LB Dymund Richardson (see story link below). 

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